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JavaTYA 1.5 has been released, read the announcement for details. TYA is a just-in-time compiler meant to be added on to the Blackdown Java port.
A preview release of JBuilder, Inprise's just-in-time compiler, has also been announced. This compiler is not free software, but is available for free download.
PythonMore Python books are on the way. Guido ran a quick search on Amazon.com and came up with a surprisingly long list of books coming out over the next few months.
The Python Snippets web site has moved to a new location. This site, maintained by Hans Nowak, contains little bits of working Python code for specific tasks.
O'Reilly's "Learning Python" was reviewed by 32bitsonline in this article. The review is very strongly positive - even after the initial paragraph on lay-flat bindings.
Here's this week's Python-URL by David Ascher.
Tcl/tkHere's this week's Tcl-URL posted by Matt Newman.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
September 30, 1999
New internationalization site unveiled. The folks at Linux-Mandrake have set up a new site at linuxi18n.org which is intended to be a central focus point for the various Linux internationalization projects. There is also a mailing list.
Dump and restore have a maintainer at last. The long-neglected backup and restore programs have been adopted by Stelian Pop; he has made a new release available with a number of patches integrated.announced.
The first public release of Bonobo, the GNOME component / compound document system, has been announced. It is still considered an alpha release, but Miguel wants to get more people playing with the code at this point.
And here is this week's GNOME summary by Havoc Pennington.Red Hat's announcement of the product. It contains a set of utilities for heartbeat monitoring, load sharing, and failure management; it can currently handle a two-node server setup.
This announcement came as a bit of a surprise to some members of the high availability community, who had been expecting the Linux-HA code developed by Alan Robertson and company to be used instead. Indeed, the Linux-HA folks had been working away trying to address issues at Red Hat's request; they had not been told that a replacement project was under way.
Red Hat's Mike Wangsmo tells us that the decision was made mostly in order to meet development deadlines. He states that the existing code is too complex and not sufficiently integrated for Red Hat's immediate needs. Evidently it was easier to simply start over than to address the difficulties.
Whatever the reasons, the end result is that a development project with well over a year of work and testing behind it has been pushed aside, and there are now two high-availability projects going. It is hard to believe that is a good result for anybody involved. The Piranha work is being released under the GPL, as is all Red Hat code; hopefully at some point these efforts can be brought back together.
ZDNet UK breaks the news on the "Linux Cluster Cabal," a group which wants to make 1000-node high-availability clusters a reality. "The project's team -- including Larry McVoy... Stephen Tweedie... and Peter Braam ... -- first met in secret in August to devise a clustering architecture that satisfies both commercial data processing and HPC (high performance computing) requirements." With names like that involved, interesting things can be expected to happen.September 6th through September 19th covers the announcement of KDE 1.1.2, as well as the upcoming release process for Krash, also known as KDE 1.89, the current developers release.
KDE-Two, the Second KDE Developer Meeting has been scheduled for 7th to 10th of October 1999 at the University of Erlangen, Germany. Both SuSE and Caldera are sponsorsing this workshop, which is expected to bring together around 50 of the KDE developers. For more information, check out the KDE-Two website.released.
Here, also, is the Midgard Weekly Summary from Henri Bergius.
MozillaThe Mozilla jargon file has been posted by Dawn Endico.
YamsYams (Yet Another Merchant System) 0.50 has been released. Yams is a GPL-licensed electronic commerce system with a lot of nice features, including persistent shopping carts, credit card authorization, inventory control, sales tax calculation, and more. It is all done with Perl and MySql. Details and downloads can be found on the Yams web page. the Wine Weekly News for this week. Among other things, it talks about Wine release 990923. Zope weekly news for this week was provided, as usual, by Amos Latteier.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh