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JavaNo new information on the JDK 1.2 port is yet available. We know from past weeks that the major threads problem has been dealt with using green threads. Presumably some of the other remaining problems that prevent the port from passing the JCK are also proving obdurate.
Note that the location for up-to-date news on the JDK port has moved to the News and Contact Information page. This may have been in response to a request that the information be dated. The last note is from February 13th and just states that information on the port will be provided when the porters have sufficient time.
In addition, in a move which he states he hopes he doesn't regret, Steve Byrne's has mentioned that he plans to create a JDK 1.2 porting status page with information on what portions of the JCK they have passed so far and on what platforms. Of course, that will take time and therefore has not yet happened.
This week's JDC Tech Tips is available.
PerlThe Perl Institute Web page at http://www.perl.org was down earlier this week, but back up by Tuesday, February 16th.
Several new Perl books have been published, including:
CPAN Testers has moved to the Perl Institute web page. The new site has a database and search capabilities. [ed. some problems with this URL were seen on Wednesday, Februrary 17th]
Tom Christiansen has released pmtools 1.00, a collection of small tools to aid in managing modules, including finding modules, updating them, etc. Download pmtools from here.
Joseph N. Hall will be teaching a four day Introduction to Perl class March 2nd through the 5th in Moorestown, NJ.
PythonPyGreSQL 2.3 has been released. PyGreSQL is a python module that interfaces to a PostgreSQL database. Check out the announcement for more details.
CNRI has summer positions for students. CNRI, the home of Python, is looking for graduate and under-graduate students to work on globally distributed name service, e-commerce, computer animation and remote instrument control, digital library architecture and mobile agent technology. Sounds like some fabulous and fun opportunities. For more information, check out their description of the work.
Tcl/tkHere is this week's Tcl-URL!. Moderator Mark Roseman also mentions that they are looking for people interested in pulling a stint moderating Tcl-URL! themselves.
Will Duquette has released an updated version of Will's Guide to Creating Object Commands. This version fixes some errors in the original and extends it.
New Tcl-based offerings for the week include:
February 18, 1999
GanymedeGanymede 0.97 is now available. Jonathan Abbey dropped us this note containing the release announcement for this GPL'd network directory management system. It is now possible, with this release, to register, unregister, and edit scheduling parameters for all server-side tasks through the Ganymede client. A variety of other fixes have also been included, to bring Ganymede closer to its first stable, production release.
GlibcGlibc 2.1 was released! That's the good news and you can read about everything it includes. However, note that the README for glibc2.1 indicates that the new release has been temporarily removed "until some political issues are worked out". According to this Slashdot article, rumors that the pull was due to licensing problems are incorrect. Instead, Zack Weinberg stated, "glibc 2.1 has been pulled since it cannot be compiled with gcc 2.8 and this conflicts with FSF policy. We are working with RMS to resolve the issue. In the meantime, glibc 2.1 remains available from sourceware.cygnus.com and its mirrors. " The fact that it is still available at cygnus explains why the upcoming Debian 2.1 release for sparc can be based on glibc 2.1 even when it isn't officially available yet.
The GNOME FTP site has updated its non-GNOME packages. These are packages needed to help you compile and enjoy GNOME. This note from Martin Baulig describes the new tarballs, source and binary rpms that are available.
Midnight Commander 4.5.14 is out. The new version should no longer hang when used to run other programs.
Reference documentation for gnome-libs has been made available on the web. Here is the announcement.
A mailing list for gnome-db is now available.. Michael Lausch provided instructions for subscribing.
CodeWEB, "An Exploratory Approach to Software Reuse", has created a case study using Gtk/GNOME for people interested in what the project can do (a Qt/KDE case study is also available, check the KDE section for the URL).
Version 0.12 of Gnumeric is out. The new version contains improvements to the importing of Excel files and many bug fixes.
KDEKDE 1.1 RPMs for Red Hat 5.1/5.2, Caldera OpenLinux, and DLD 6.0 (Deutsch Linux Distribution) are available. KDE 1.1 RPMs for SuSE are due out, but a crippling two weeks battling flu among the staff have caused a delay (a certain LWN editor empathizes ...).
kpv (KPackViewer) now has its own mailing list. Kpv is a utility to help systems administrators with package administration. Here is the note that mentions the new mailing list.
CodeWEB, "An Exploratory Approach to Software Reuse", has created a case study using Qt/KDE for people interested in what the project can do (a Gtk/GNOME case study is also available, check the GNOME section for the URL).
IcecastThe first stable release of Icecast, the GPL Mpeg Layer III Audio broadcasting system, has now been released. Check out news on version 1.0.0 on the icecast home page, which has been recently revamped. They are looking for comments on the new design, so let them know what you think.
Linux-HAThose of you interested in Linux High-Availability will want to check out GFS: The Global File System Workshop, to be held March 5 and 6th in Mountain View, CA at the NASA Ames Research Center. The agenda includes talks from both Stephen Tweedie, David Teigland and Matthew O'Keefe on various topics dear to the hearts of people wanting high availability for Linux. Here's a note from Matthew O'Keefe on that and other topics.
Mozilla/NetscapeThemes.org chose Seth Spitzer of Netscape for their guest Tiler. The interview covers how Linux became his favorite operating system, along with some nice words for KDE and Python.
Developer.com has a nice article available on Gecko and the NGLayout Engine. It claims that the NGLayout engine is the primary reason that AOL acquired Netscape and goes into how they may use it. By being modular, the NGLayout engine can be used in other networked devices like handheld PC companions such as the Palm Pilot or set top boxes such as WebTV. Expect to see AOL use the NGLayout engine to produce information appliances as part of its AOL Anywhere campaign to make Web and AOL access both wireless and ubiquitous.
As always, check out the latest Mozilla/Netscape news at http://www.mozillazine.org.
WineA new snapshot of Wine is available. 990214 is the latest snapshot in the Wine series. It includes more header and driver reorganization, OLE support, functions and stubs and, as always, bug fixes galore.