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"Due Diligence: Do it on your Linux box first", is the title of one section from Troubleshooting Magazine's July issue, which focuses on CGI.
GuileVersion 0.2.0 of guile-fltk has been announced. "guile-fltk is a Guile binding to the C++ Fltk widget set. It is still a work in progress but it is already very useable and I have re-written many of Fltk's test suite applications in scheme." Comments are requested and additional information can be found at this site.
JavaCreating an open-source presentation program is the goal of this new project, which plans to develop it in Java. They're early in the design stages, so now is the time to put in your two cents.
PerlThe third edition of Perlmonth is now available. Eight new articles are included, ranging across topics from embperl, pod and perl sets, to Apache and XML.
A mailing list for MIDI-perl has been created. For more information, send a note to email@example.com .
PythonA Python implementation of the SEMI Equipment Control Standard protocol for equipment used in semiconductor fabrication has been announced.
Alfajor, a configurable cookie filter, was recently announced.
gimp-python 0.4, a set of python modules for writing plug-ins for the Gimp, was announced. The new version now supports gimp 1.1 (as well as gimp 1.0).
The third alpha release of PIDDLE (Plug-In Drawing, Does Little Else) is now available. The new version adds a unified testing framework as well as bug fixes.
And our favorite "unusual" project, Stackless Python, is now up to version 0.3.
SmalltalkRelease 2.3.11 of the POC (Portable Object Compiler) is now available. POC is an Objective-C preprocessor that translates Objective-C to C. The new version has Objective-C class names that correspond better to Smalltalk.
Tcl/tkTcl-URL! is back! This week's edition covers several bug reports and some HOW-TO questions. Comments on Tcl/Tk 8.2 are due in by July 23rd, they remind.
The TkGS project now has a mailing list. TkGS will define a new graphics subsystem for Tk with device-independence in mind.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
July 15, 1999
Why would a screensaver for Windows 95/98/NT be of interest to you? Maybe because it shows a nice collection of screenshots from Linux ... just the thing to introduce your friends, family and co-workers to Linux! This is from Marco Iannacone, best known as the author of the Italian Linux FAQ.
No, there is no version of Front Page for Linux. Tight on time for publication last week, we mentioned that a file called fp40.linux.tar.Z was available for download from ftp.microsoft.com. However, we didn't have the opportunity to download and examine the file before we published. Many people have written in to verify that the file just contains the Front Page extensions for Linux that have been around for a while. Sorry for the confusion.
FreePMThe FreePM project has moved its home page to http://www.freepm.org.
GanymedeGanymede 0.99.4 has been released. "Ganymede is a GPL'ed network directory management system written in Java, providing support for team management of NIS, DNS, etc."
GnomeThe Gnome Summary, July 4-11, is now available. Coding has begun for GScript, the GTK+ framework for Unicode text. Check here for information on the Gnome API documentation, in case you want to sign up to produce some yourself. Gnumeric now supports printing, one of the remaining major features that it was lacking. Most importantly, for anyone that missed it, http://developer.gnome.org is on-line with lots of documentation, white papers, etc.
ht://DigGeoff Hutchison wrote in with some status on the ht://Dig project. He reports that major architectural changes of the version 3.2 development should be nearing completion in the next week or two. Database support for phrase searching and support for multiple transport protocols will be finished as of this week. He also reports that they're looking for people interested or knowledgeable helping out with Unicode/UTF-8 support. Anyone interested should e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org developer's list.
icecastIcecast 1.3, the "next-generation audio streaming server" has been announced. Multiple streams can now be supported from a single server, new administration tools have been added, and meta-data streaming, "a new, robust method for displaying information about a stream without corrupting or interfering with the actual music data" is now supported. It is mentioned that meta-data streaming is a new standard, just emerging, developed in cooperation with the makers of the Sonique, K-Jofol, FreeAmp, MacAmp and XMMS MP3 players.
KDEThe July 8th issue of the KDE Development News from Navindra Umanee is now available. It seems in general KDE is within its schedule for the next release, though with some caveats in regard to the high-colour icons, which are not yet ready.
Mozilla/NetscapeA few weeks back, we mentioned a news.com article which seemed to imply that Netscape's licensing future was unclear. From MozillaZine comes a clarification. Apparently the original article was a masterpiece of journalistic ineptitude. AOL, not Sun, has jurisdiction over Netscape still and has expressed complete support for Mozilla.
MidgardA new major release of Midgard, version 1.1 (also dubbed "Iron River"), has been released. Midgard is a PHP-based, freely-available Web application development and publishing platform. The new release features enhanced URI mapping, PHP 3.0.11, and renamed functions to make Midgard "play" better with PHP.
VirtuaLawVirtuaLaw is another open-source project in a vertical field, this one focusing on legal case management. Note that, although a Linux version is also planned (according to this page, VirtuaLaw was originally built with Microsoft Access and Visual Basic and therefore runs only on Microsoft systems (or under VMWare) for now.
WineThe Wine Weekly News for July 13th is available.
Quotes from Wine Headquarters webmaster Douglas Ridgway are featured in this article about a planned competitor to Windows NT (not Linux!). "'Microsoft has known about us for a long time, so surely they would've said something by now if they had a problem with our project,' said Douglas Ridgway, webmaster for Wine Headquarters".
ZopeThe Zope Weekly News, July 15th edition, is now available. It mentions that another Zope alpha release is out and Zope 2.0 beta is getting close.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh