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GuileThe homepage for Guile has moved to http://www.gnu.org/software/guile/guile.html. Guile 1.3 is still the most recent version, with 1.3.2 due out "soon" (but the page hasn't been updated since July). A lot of work is apparently currently going into the Guile documentation.
JavaCarefully scanning of the blackdown.org pages indicated that the Java 2: JCK status page was updated yesterday. Determining how it changed was harder, though it appears that they marked at least one change in red. Previous, the JCK tests were being run only on green threads with the JIT turned off. Now they are being run on both green and native threads, still with the JIT turned off. that indicates a lot more than it seems. Some very good progress with threads under Java 2 must have been made over the past couple of months.
In fact, the Java 2: Port Status page confirms this.
Big news! We've made significant progress with the problems plaguing the native threads implementation. Some core parts of the native threads library have been reimplemented to better utilize Linux threads. We also believe we have discovered why interrupts were being "lost", and understand how to work around the problems.Perhaps, with a bit of luck, this was the logjam that was holding up the project and we'll start to see more results in the near future.
Java Advanged Imaging for Linux moved forward a step. The Blackdown team has been licensed for access to the source code and a first pass at the port has been done. It will be made available for downloading as soon as it validates properly.
A Native-Code JDK1.2 Profiler has been announced.
PerlCoy - like Carp, only Prettier was the title of Damian Conway's talk on his coy.pm module at the Perl conference. He's made his talk available for review. It's definitely worth reviewing, even for people uninterested in perl!
PythonThis week's Python-URL!, from David Ascher, takes a look at XML issues, Turing completeness and other light topics.
The Front Range Pythoneers is a new Python User Group starting up in Northern Colorado. Check out their announcement for directions to the first meeting.
A Python class for dealing with RPM files was announced by Morten Kjeldgaard. It should be useful for any of a number of system administration tasks.
Tcl/tkTcl URL! for September 6th contains a pointer to a long thread on Tcl and Perl, which it mentions was both informative and constructive, which was nice to hear. Also included are pointers to the Tcl conference keynote, a comparison of Python and Tcl and a pointer to the 7th USENIX Tcl/Tk Conference, which will be held in February of 2000, in Austin, Texas.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
September 9, 1999
GnuPGGnuPG 1.0 has finally been released. GnuPG is a GPL implementation of the OpenPG standard. Most importantly, its release provides a free alternative to commercial PGP software.
GnomeThis week's Gnome Summary mentions that the new Gnome News Site has made his weekly summary almost superfluous. However, many people will still appreciate getting a "Week at a Glance" type view of the Gnome development, in addition to the minute-by-minute updates provided on the news site.
In particular, this week's issue talks a bit about the Sawmill window manager, a candidate for "coolest" Bonobo component, along with the weekly wrapup on commits and software releases.
GNOME Configuration Files is the title of a new whitepaper in development by Miguel de Icaza. It talks about the configuration files behind Gnome, where to find them and what to do with them.
HarmonyHarmony lives! Harmony, remember, was the effort to build a replacement for the Qt libraries under the GPL; it essentially faded away when Troll Tech changed the Qt license. But Adam Richter still hasn't given up; here's an update he just posted to the Harmony list regarding a new snapshot that has been made available. People are still developing on this code; it may yet achieve its goal.
High AvailabilityPacket authentication for heartbeat was a topic discussed off-list by several people, with the results summarized by Alan Robertson back to the linux-ha list. It drew some discussion, but the overall reactions seems to be favorable.
Also popping up this week was the issue of FHS compatibility for the heartbeat code. Alan has outlined plans for bringing the software into compliance and asked for comments.
ht://DigGeoff Hutchison wrote in with a development update for ht://Dig, the web indexing and search system. With several outstanding bugfixes, there will be a 3.1.3 release for all production servers in the next few days. In the meantime, work is reaching completion on the first beta release of 3.2.0. In the last two weeks, the database formats have stabilized, and full phrase searching is supported in the latest snapshot. At this point, the last major hurdle to the 3.2.0b1 release is a cleanup of the connection and transport code.
On a related topic, Geoff also talked a bit about plans for adding support for multibyte characters. Check out his message for more details.
KDEHere's this week's KDE summary by Navindra Umanee.
MidgardVersion 1.2.1 of the Midgard web application platform has been released.
This week's Midgard Weekly Summary covers a lot of future development plans for Midgard.
MozillaThe current development snapshot of Mozilla is M9, which was released on August 26th. Although originally it was hoped that there would only be 9 or 10 snapshots before their first beta, browsing through the Mozilla.org status and newsbot pages indicates that probably M13 will be the last snapshot before the beta is released. Chris Hofmann commented several times in his posting, "The key thing to do for beta is make the bug system reflect reality, and then drive the bug list to zero."
WineThe Wine Weekly News for September 7th is out.
ZopeAmos Latteier is back and his Zope Weekly News focuses this week on how to understand and put to use all the cool new stuff in Zope 2. Remember, Zope is a free, Open Source application server and portal toolkit used for building high-performance, dynamic web sites.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh