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JavaThe Linux Java 2 prerelease version 2 was made available on June 4th. Information on this latest prerelease can be found on the JDK 1.2 Status Page. Diffs from the Solaris sources are also available. Rpms for Red Hat users have been created by Sorin Lingureanu. Check his note for more details.
IBM has released a port of Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK 1.1.6) for Linux. It includes IBM's just-in-time compiler technology. From comments on the mailing lists, this port performs better than the blackdown port for some applications.
They have also recently begun releasing a trickle of "AlphaBeans" - Java beans which perform various useful tasks.
Java for Industrial and Embedded Automation is the fullname for the JISA '99 conference, scheduled next week, June 20-23, 1999, in Santa Clara, CA. The press release promises that it will present the "cutting edge of Industrial Java Technology".
PerlEight new articles are available in the latest edition of Perlmonth, along with two new columns, "When Perl Met Apache" by Stas Bekman and "Perl/TKed Out" by Slaven Rezic.
PythonStackless Python 0.2, a plug-in replacement for the Python core that does not use the C stack, has been announced by Christian Tismer as the best way to prove that it was possible without a major rewrite to the core. Neel Krishnaswami commented to Christian, "This is very neat, and you are completely deranged".
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
June 17, 1999
GimpThis month's issue of TheGimp.com is now available. The feature article for this month is entitled "Uncasting The Shadows" and talks about how to dodge shadows from underexposed images. Three new quickie tutorials are included as well, along with the regular features. Jason Murray has been chosen Artist of the Month and more information about Jason, plus a shot of his Fractal Dream, are provided in this month's issue.
For more in-depth Gimp development information, you may want to check out the inaugural issue of the Gimp-devel Kernel Cousin. It contains a report from the gimp-devel mailing list for the past week with links to specific messages in the archive.
GnomeHavoc Pennington got to us this week's Gnome Summary. It covers a large amount of information, so we'll just mention that they are even looking for a Visual Basic hacker to help and let you dig through the summary to find out why ...
GNUTo make administration of large numbers of nodes as easy as that of a single node is the goal of the GNU Administration Project (GAP). It is planned as a CORBA-based, event-trigger system. The web site contains the planned architecture for the system and some basic details, but it is still in the early stage, so no code appears to be available for download and the latest status of the project is not available.
KDEHere is this week's KDE summary sent to us, as usual, by Navindra Umanee.
The KDevelop Team has announced version 0.4 of their KDevelop IDE for Unix Systems. The next time one of your friends moving from that other operating system to Linux asks for a GUI development environment, you can point them this way, at least as long as they want to develop in C++.
MidgardThe fourth edition of the Midgard Weekly Summary has been released. Key points include the first release of the Midgard FAQ and the latest stable release of Midgard, version 1.0.3. Although called stable, note that it is only available in CVS form because "it contains many troublesome modifications to Midgard's database tables (and so could break many older sites without proper installation)".
PostgreSQLPostgreSQL v6.5 has been released. There's lots of new features, including top-quality concurrency control and hot backups.
WineDevelopment release 990613 has been announced.
ZopeComing up in August, the O'Reilly Open Source Conference will be featuring a couple of Zope-based talks, including "Introduction to the Zope Web Application" on Saturday, August 21st, and "Community: Funding the Perfect Beast ... Venture Capitalism, IP and Open Source", on Monday, August 23rd.
And, with thanks again to Amos Latteier, here is this week's Zope Weekly News.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh