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PerlA new maintenance release to Perl 5.004 has been announced. Even though the current Perl release is 5.005, version 5.004 continues to be actively maintained. This is good, since not all users are yet happy with 5.005, and are holding off on upgrades. See the announcement for details of what's in this release.
A new monthly magazine dedicated to Perl has been announced. PerlMonth put out its inaugural issue this month; it includes several articles, seemingly mostly of a tutorial nature.
Ten web design principles by Tom Christiansen went out this week, here's the list. The principles are aimed at "diversity compliance," but have more general concerns as well. As might be expected from a posting by Tom, no punches are pulled. "There is a special pit of hell reserved for those who use <BLINK> tags" This posting was followed up by something a bit more Perl-related - a personal web proxy program written in Perl which filters out most of the things Tom rails against in his ten principles.
PythonWhy Python? asks OpenSourceIT. "For many people doing OO development, the constraints of C++ or Java are such that a throwaway prototype is inevitable. With Python, OO design is freeform enough that a great deal of code from a prototype is reusable even if the model changes radically."
Tcl/tkWe'll defer to this week's Tcl-URL for coverage of interesting events in the Tcl/Tk realm.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
May 13, 1999
EddieThe folks in the Eddie project have announced the source release for their Commercial Grade Web Server product. It includes their IP migration, HTTP gateway, and load balancing applications. See their press release for more.
GNOMEA mailing list for the "genius" calculator program has been created, see the announcement for signup information. This comes along with the release of Genius 0.4.2.
Other GNOME goodies released this week:
High availabilityAlan Robertson has released version 0.3.0 of his "heartbeat" system. Heartbeat allows for monitoring of high-availability clusters, and for "IP address takeover" to keep things working transparently in the event of an internal node failure.
KDESession management in KDE Matthias Ettrich dropped this note to the list on the future of KDE's session management. As has been previously stated, session management support is being separated from KWM; this update also makes session management between KDE and GNOME more compatible. There are currently some objections noting that the planned update will not work under older versions of Unix still runing X11R5 (such as Solaris 2.5.x).
Some other KDE quickies. This week, Christian Esken sent out a call for KDE multimedia developersalong with a description of the current multimedia projects. Richard Moore gave us this summary of the SIMPLINUX conference including KDE issues raised by the audience. Preston Brown made version 0.9 of the Desktop Entry Standardavailable with at least one more version forthcoming.
Lots of KDE goodies released this week:
Linux Standard BaseVersion 1.0 of the LSB-FHS test suite (which verifies that systems conform to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard portion of the Linux Standard Base) has been announced.
MidgardMidgard is a newly-released web application platform based on Apache and PHP3. It has been put out under free software licenses; evidently the core parts of the system are under the GPL, while some of the rest is, instead, under an X-Consortium type license. See the Midgard web pages for more information and downloads. (Thanks to Henri Bergius).
WineWine release 990508 has been announced. This is a developer's release.
ZopeAs usual, Amos Latteier has made our lives easy by sending in his weekly Zope report. As had been anticipated, the first Zope 2.0 release will happen at Linux Expo. Those of you who will be at Linux Expo will certainly want to drop by and check out their business portal unveiling as well.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh