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Breaking the arbitrary boundaries normally imposed on items for this section, Minotaur 0.1 has been announced. It is a generalized extension that allows you to run Python scripts from Tcl, Tcl scripts from Perl, Perl scripts from Python, etc. "Minotaur works by loading the appropriate shared library into another script language's context. So, for example, running Tcl from Python means that the Python main program imports the Minotaur extension, which in turn loads the Tcl libraries - thus Tcl becomes "embedded" into the Python runtime environment (which is similar to embedding Tcl in a normal C program). As involved as that sounds, performance is already surprisingly good, and the capability is turning out to be quite useful. This is an alpha release and should be treated as such.
JavaVersion 0.3.2 of the Java-based game, humanoid, has been released.
PerlGuy Kawasaki (formerly of Apple) and Sun's Bill Joy will be keynote speakers at The Perl Conference in August (part of the O'Reilly Open Source Conference. More information, including talk titles, is available at the Perl News for July 7th, 1999.
PythonUpdated Python documentation for Python 1.5.2 has been announced and is available at http://www.python.org/doc/.
SmalltalkSmallInterfaces brings the idea of interfaces explicitly into Smalltalk.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 8, 1999
Front PageFront Page for Linux? Wouter Liefting pointed out that a Linux version of Front Page 4.0 appears to be available.
GimpThis week's Gimp Kernel Cousin reports on the Gimp Help Browser, which has just been committed to the CVS for inclusion in upcoming Gimp releases, a problem with menu thumbnails and a patch for a new bell-and-whistle: drag and open.
GnomeHavoc Pennington's Gnome Summary for June 28 - July 4 is now available. It includes pointers to Gnome buttons from Ville Ptsi, a list of new features in the file manager, a new pager applet called Desk Guide and more.
High AvailabilityVersion 0.4.1 of Alan Robertson's Heartbeat code is out. It contains code from Volker Wiegand for monitoring and controlling heartbeat via /proc. He mentions that the new code is not yet stable or recommended for any but the brave.
MagicPointAn update to magic point 1.05a has been released, containing performance enhancements and some memory leak fixes that caused crashes under Linux.
MidgardSeveral new developments are highlighted in this week's Midgard Weekly Summary and it appears that Midgard 1.1 may make it out later this week. For more information on the Midgard web development platform, check the homepage for Midgard.
ZopeHere's this week's Zope summary from Amos Latteier. There are plans to make Zope work better with the Python Imaging Library and OpenGL. Martijn Pieters posted a patch to allow customizing tree tag decoration.
You can also read a press release posted by Paul Everitt detailing how Digital Creations and UserLand are making Zope and Frontier play nicely together.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh