Linux in the news
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See also: last week's Development page.
JavaThe wait for JDK 1.2 under Linux continues. The latest status report is positive, saying that the threads problem have been essentially overcome (but by using "green threads," instead of Linux native threads). Still no release date given, of course. "...rest assured we are all working hard to get this thing out the door as soon as possible"
The first release of GNU Classpath is out, see the announcementfor details. Classpath is a project to produce a free set of class libraries for Java as a replacement for Sun's libraries.
Version 0.07 of the Japhar virtual machine is out, or so we're told, even though their web page still talks about 0.06.
PythonStarship Python is on the net, and the new site at starship.python.net is looking great. It's evidently the first of many dedicated Python sites which will appear in the python.net domain.
One of the things you'll find on the starship is Christian Tismer's tutorial on COM and Python which he gave at the 7th Python Conference. Here's your path to accessing all that office data in those legacy formats... See the announcement for details.
A new version of gnome-python is out. This package (announcement here) is an interface to the GNOME libraries, making it easy to fit Python programs into the GNOME system. Included are GTK bindings, making it possible to do graphical stuff without Tk.
Here's this week's Python-URL, full, as always, of Python goodness.
Other Python announcements:
Tcl/tkScriptics is looking for ways to promote Tcl and they are asking for help in the form of Tcl success stories. Drop them a note if you've got a good one.
Just released: Will's Guide to Creating Object Commands. It's, well, a guide to creating object commands. The author is looking for feedback, drop him a note if you can help out.
Here's this week's Tcl-URL.
February 11, 1999
General Accounting SystemThe General Accounting System is a new project which intends to bring a high-quality GPL'd accounting system into being in time for a Christmas delivery. As is usually the case, this project is looking for help. Check out the web site, and give them a hand if you can
GTK+Version 1.2 of the GTK+ toolkit is nearing release. In preparation, the GTK+ Tutorial has been updated to match the upcoming release. It's a good piece of free documentation on how to use this toolkit; check it out.
GNOMEThe GNOME folks put out another flurry of announcements this week, headed up by the Skillful and Conspicuous Cow release of the core code (aka 0.99.7). Other announcements include:
KDEKDE 1.1 was announced this week, see their news page for the details.
PowerPC folks may want to have a look at the KDE for PowerPC page put together by Jonathan Singer. He's trying to gather together PowerPC packages for a full set of KDE applications to make life easier for everybody else. (Unfortunately this site is hosted on Tripod, meaning readers get to play "whack-a-mole" with the popup ads).
SambaThe Samba team released version 2.0.1, and advised everybody to upgrade to it. Shortly thereafter a bug of the "brown paper bag" variety turned up, so out came version 2.0.2. They recommend that everybody upgrade to this version, and this time you probably should.
ZopeA pre-release version of Zope 1.10 has been announced, details may be found in the announcement. Lots of new features are available in this release, a list can be found in the changes file on the Zope site.
A new version of ZServer has also been released. This version adds some security, bug fixes, and more.
The Zope web site has been enhanced with the addition of a set of user testimonials and Case Studies. There is also an initial set of ISP's which are beginning to offer Zope hosting; see this list for details.
An article about Zope was published in Web Techniques this month. The article, written by Amos Latteier of Digital Creations, is, of course, quite positive. "Digital Creations' Open Source Web application platform promises to play an interesting role in the Web application-server market. Its open technology and proven engineering combined with its innovative development model could be a potent combination."