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People into the whole "Perl vs. Python" thing might want to have a look at Python to Perl Conversions and More random Python observations from a Perl programmer, both posted by Tom Christiansen. Tom is, of course, a strong Perl proponent, but these documents make it clear that he has looked at Python in a serious way.
JavaAn ugly bug in TYA 1.4 has been reported and a patch released. TYA 1.3 should not been affected.
PerlThe White Camel Awards were presented for the first time this year. This year's winners are Tom Christiansen, Kevin Lenzo, and Adam Turoff for Perl Advocacy, the Perl Community, and Perl User Groups, respectively. Check out O'Reilly's press release for more details. From everything we've ever seen, the awards are richly deserved.
"Algorithms with Perl" is a new book out from O'Reilly by Jon Orwant, Jarkko Hietaniemi & John Macdonald. For information on it, you can check out the press release, table of contents, bios, etc., or the cover graphic.
PythonThe Eighth International Python Conference has been set for January 24-27, 2000, in Alexandria, Virginia. The Call for Papers is currently out, with submissions due on September 30.
Here's the latest Python-URL! with coverage of happenings in the Python community.
Also of interest: The Most Elegant Scripting Language You'll Probably Never Use by Dan Shafer on CNet's Builder.com. "Interestingly enough, when I started researching Python, one of the questions I had was related to its near-invisibility. Turns out I was only half right. It is largely invisible, but that's not because it isn't being used. Rather, it's because those who are using it aren't making a lot of noise about it."
Tcl/tkThis week's Tcl-URL! mentions that it has been a quiet week, probably due to the O'Reilly conferences. It gave another reminder that Proposals for the 7th USENIX Tcl/Tk Conference are due by September 1st.
Tcl/Tk 8.2 Final was announced on August 18th.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 26, 1999
Xanadu! At the O'Reilly conferences this week, Ted Nelson finally released Xanadu. Xanadu, of course, is the hypertext system that Ted first laid out many years ago, long before the World Wide Web was conceived. It has been described as the software world's most persistent vaporware project. Vaporware no longer, it can be downloaded at udanax.com.
"Based on the intellectual-property climate of the world at the time the work began -- long before the virtues of Open Source were widely appreciated -- keeping this work under trade secret seemed both standard and prudent. Today the world is very different. In celebration of the success and vast human benefit of the Open Source movement, we are proud at last to be able to present to the world the technical ideas and methods on which we worked so hard for so long. "
Information on Electronic Design Automation for Linux has been updated on the LinuxEDA.com advocacy page. They've linked into portions of the Scientific Applications on Linux (SAL) page as well as starting a list of free software EDA projects. In addition, you can find information there about the linux-eda mailing list. Perhaps most interesting is their comprehensive set of links to press articles about Linux and EDA.
Promotion of open source Voice over IP (VoIP) internet telephony software is the goal of the http://www.openphone.org website. "We aim to phone-enable every computer on the planet. There is low-cost telephony hardware available that makes low-bandwidth, real telephone service possible over IP networks... we just need software!"announced on August 20th. The new version contains over 130 changes, including security fixes. TheGimp.com is out. Lots of good Gimp information, as well as the Artist of the Month (Clay Boutilier, this time), as usual.
Meanwhile, Gimp development news is a bit thin, since the gimp-user and gimp-devel mailing lists were recently "nuked" as a result of an upgrade on the server at the Experimental Computing Facility at UC Berkeley. No estimated time is known for their restoration. The Gimp Kernel Cousin still published on August 20th, but simply reports on changes to CVS. The Gimp News for August 24th still seems robust. It mentions Jon Peterson's review of the Gimp user interface, the addition of JPEG previewing and a couple of other items. It does also mention the damage to the mailing lists. Apparently no freeze date for Gimp will be set until after the lists are restored.Gnomish Bi-Weekly News.
Havoc Pennington's Gnome Summary for August 15th-22nd can now be found nicely formatted on the web. From it, we learned of the Gnome Status Page, which tracks the status of major release goals. Note that it does not try to perform comprehensive tracking for all Gnome components, just the portion being worked on by the core team.
A File Manager Status Report has been issued by Ettore Perazzoli and more candidate window managers are showing up. "We'll see how it goes; you can never have too many window managers. :-)"November last year, is a commercial high-availability project for Linux sponsored by PolyServe. Vince Schiavo dropped us a note this week to let us know that they expect their first commercial release to ship in October. For more information, check out the Understudy product page. Understudy is a webserver clustering utility that ensures constant website availability using a backup webserver.
Meanwhile, the links on the High Availability website have also been updated to include other commercial products. A Phase I TO-DO list has also been added, for anyone interested in a project to work on.This week's edition covers Wednesday, August 11th, through Sunday, August 22nd.
One good piece of news announced this week: Daniel M. Duley (aka Mosfet) has been hired by MandrakeSoft to work on KDE. He's also started a news site to cover the work he'll be doing. For more information, check out this interview with him done by Linux.com on August 18th. The interview covers the KDE 1.1.2 and 2.0 releases, plus some comments on Mandrake's new open development process.Their announcement mentions that ODBC support did not quite make it into this version. Instead, features of the new version include the use of PHP 3.0.12 and compatibility with Apache 1.3.9. Documentation is still lacking, so interested users will need to sign up for the mailing lists to get the support they need for installation, etc. Midgard is freely-available platform for creating powerful web applications. More news on Midgard development can be found in this week's Midgard Weekly Summary. This one looks at the interesting bits of new technology produced by Mozilla. "From the programmer's perspective, Mozilla has clearly been wildly successful. In addition to the millions of lines of freely available source code, Mozilla has contributed a number of useful tools and technologies to the development community."
And Mozilla: success or failure? looks at whether Mozilla has been worthwhile or not. "There are certainly many more contributors outside of Netscape working on Mozilla today than there were in the first six months of the project. This phenomenon was largely due to the state of the Mozilla code at the time, and the lack of a clear architectural direction."download.
Slides from LinuxWorld tutorials on PHP given on August 21st at the O'Reilly Open Source conference by Jim Winstead and Rasmus Lerdorf have been made available.August 24th tells us about a lot of changes that have gone in during the past week, a Byte article that mentions Wine and some intense discussions currently going on. The Wine registry is one topic of discussion, while Elfdlls, DIB sections and the organization of the multimedia DLLs were others.
Wine is an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top of X and Unix.The August edition of The Chopping Block, the WorldForge monthly newsletter, is now available. A large number of columns and feature articles are included. Additional submissions for future editions are also encouraged, not necessarily limited to WorldForge issues.
From this issue, we glean that WorldForge 0.2.0: The Demo has been released, which everyone is encouraged to try.
"The WorldForge Project is developing a complete system for massively multiplayer worlds."Zope News for the hungry. By the way, it appears that the gender of Zope has been under discussion and it has been concluded that "it is an it".
"Zope is a free, Open Source application server and portal toolkit used for building high-performance, dynamic web sites."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh