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Since the court finds that Sun is likely to prevail on the merits and that it may suffer irreparable harm if Microsoft is not enjoined, a preliminary injunction is hereby issued against Microsoft ...
The above welcome words are from the court's preliminary ruling against Microsoft based on infringements of copyright and unfair trade practices involving the Java Technology. More welcome words can be found in the actual ruling, although you'll have to search towards the end; it is a very long document. Microsoft has been given some fairly powerful incentive to conform and conformance will include supporting Sun's JNI and disabling Microsoft's extensions by default. A warning to users that choose to enable Microsoft's extensions that the resultant code may not run on all JVMs must also be displayed.
Xenon-SQL V188.8.131.52 has been announced. Called "the java based interactive SQL Editor", the latest version contains support for several new features; it is now multi-threaded and new components have been added to take advantage of this.
PerlAn Advanced Perl Programming Tutorial will be held in Boulder, Colorado, December 1st through the third. Tom Christiansen will be teaching.
Net::DICT 0.02 is now available. This module "implements an objected oriented interface to the DICT dictionary lookup protocol".
PHPDidier Legein has started a newspage dedicated to PHP3. The PHP News Ledger is now available. It includes pointers to new projects being developed with PHP.
PythonGuido van Rossum has released IDLE 0.1, a Tkinter-based IDE for Python. He is following the rules of release early and often, so this first version is very preliminary. It is currently only usable for PSA members with the latest 1.5.2 alpha release of python. He noted that a public beta release is due out soon.
The Python conference is over. From what we've heard, it was an exciting time. Paul Everitt posted Kudos to all involved. In addition, Conference Proceedings, Tutorial notes and T-shirts are now for sale.
A. M. Kuchling's development diary summed up his impressions of the International Python Conference.
Cameron Laird's Python-URL!, the weekly guide to Python, is out. It covers the release of the Principia source code, the use of python in the Avalon supercomputer project, and a variety of pointers to python-related postings of interest.
SmalltalkDonald M. MacQueen has started up a new Smalltalk Advocacy page at http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SmalltalkAdvocacy. He encourage people to stop by and contribute.
Tcl/tkMoses Dejong sent us the announcement for the alpha release of Jacl & Tcl Blend, Jacl is a Java implementation of Tcl 8.0 and Tcl Blend is a Tcl extension that gives you access to the JVM from the Tcl interpreter. Moses sent some notes on the important points about this release.
Cameron Laird put together this week's Tcl-URL! (Mark Roseman returns next week). The new edition puts together a host of links to useful articles.
The tcLex mailing list, a list to host discussions around tcLex, a lex-like Tcl extension aimed to build lexers written in Tcl has been announced.
November 19, 1998
Bryan Brunton wrote in to tell us about his new open source legal software project, tentatively entitled "VirtuaLaw". The project would first create an open source legal case management system, using the GPL for the Linux client. If you are interested, contact Bryan for more details or to offer assistance. Some screen shots and explanation of capabilities are up on the web.
Didier Legein, having dove into PHP3 a year ago, decided to make a contribution to the Open Source community. As a result, he has now released html2Phax, a new "webfront" to Hylafax based on Apache and PHP3.
GNOMEThe first releaseof the GNOME Disk Catalog, version 0.01, has been announced. It is a program for cataloging Zip disks, CD-ROMS, etc.
ht://DigGeoff Hutchison wrote us again to say that ht://Dig development is moving along well, with one or two more betas coming fairly soon and a full 3.1.0 release out perhaps before the end of the year! For those interested in testing, weekly CVS snapshots are available. If anyone wants to volunteer to produce a binary package, they should contact Geoff.
WineA new version of the Wine FAQ has been published. Check it out and get your questions answered!