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JavaTYA 1.3 has been released. The new version is a snapshot of the current TYA. Its support for the JDK 1.1.7 is less tested than usual, because Albrecht Kleine is primarily working with the 1.2 prerelease. With the JDK 1.2, this release should run "at least some of the JDK demo stuff including Swing stuff like _Java-2D-demo_.
Immediate reports on the new release indicate that it is working smoothly and doing a great job at speeding up code.
WebMacro Servlet Framework 0.85.2 is a Java servlet development framework released under the GPL.
An unofficial implementation of j3d has been released by Jean-Christophe Taveau.
Perl 5.004 is still being maintained, even though perl 5.005 has been released. Therefore, a new maintenance release for perl 5.004 has been announced on the Perl News page.
The O'Reilly perl tutorials in Boston were also spoken of on the Perl News page, with all indications that they are going well.
PythonmxCGIPython Version 0.2.0 has been announced. mxCGIPython is a collection of setup scripts to build one-file easy-to-install Python interpreters.
Tcl/tkThe latest Tcl-URL!, dated April 27th, is now available.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
April 29, 1999
Following up on their promises to release key technology to the open source community, made in March, SGI has released the source code to OpenVault, a package used to help manage Storage Area Networks (SANs). This is very good news. Of course, it comes with its own special license, which isn't likely to meet the Open Source definition or the Debian Free Software Guidelines, at least, not from the discussions we've seen on debian-license.
GimpTheGimp.com is a website that "strives to be an online complement to the Artists' Guide to the Gimp, providing updates to the printed material along with monthly articles, gallery art and other resources useful to both the new and experienced Gimp user." A new version of the site went out last week. It has coverage of the GIMPressionist, a plug-in from Vidar Madsen for creating natural looking paintings. "I really like this plug-in. Its great for non-artists who want to do something artistic without having to do much more than experiment a bit."
GnomeMiguel will be heading to Denmark, Switzerland and London starting April 29th. Here is his note on the topic. He'd like to meet as many "free software entusiasts" as possible ...
KDEStyle and Theme support has been committed to the KDE CVS by Daniel M. Duley. Current styles include Platinum, Windows 95, Motif, CDE and of course Pixmap support. Developer documentation and some screenshots are available on his site. Future plans include GTK theme support and updating the Control Center to allow easy style/theme manipulation.
Programming with Qt is a new book recently announced by O'Reilly and written by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, a contract programmer who specializes in cross-platform software development and uses Qt to allow him to write an application once and compile it for Unix and Windows systems. "This is about what Java promises, but without the slowness of the application and the horrible development tools that still hamper Java application development."
A KDE mirror in China is now available from Pacific HiTech's TurboLinux site.
LinuxconfThe latest version of Linuxconf is linuxconf 1.15, released on April 20th. The latest patch for Linuxconf is 1.15r0.2.
WineWine release 990426 is now out. Threading support for FreeBSD and Solaris has been added, resources are now in built-in DLLs and, of course, many bug fixes have been included.
ZopeThis week's Zope Weekly News has pointers to a newly available UML model from Jim Fulton, TinyTables beta 2, and much, much more.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh