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GnomeGNOME is looking for packaging help. If you would like to help out GNOME, but don't feel up to hard-core hacking, helping out with the packaging may be the way to go. See Miguel's call for help for details. Essentially, they want a crew of people to create packages for as many systems and architectures as they can get, so that installing GNOME is easy for everybody.
Here is this week's GNOME summary, thanks to Havoc Pennington. It's a hefty summary, making up for last week's absence. Included is discussion of the MemProf memory leak detection tool: "Commercial tools to do this cost on the order of $1000 per seat; Owen wrote this in a couple weeks. Go figure."
High AvailabilityDRBD made its debut this week. DRBD is a disk-style block device which mirrors a disk over the network to a remote node. Thus it is, as stated in the announcement, a sort of networked RAID1 implementation. It has some shortcomings at this point - in particular, it makes no attempt to deal with cluster partitioning problems (where the network fails and inconsistent copies of the device develop on the partitioned nodes). It may still be a useful implementation for some applications.
KDEHere is the latest KDE development report, courtesy of Navindra Umanee.
MidgardMidgard 1.2.5 (the "Mad King" release) has been announced. Included in this release is the beginnings of internationalization support.
MozillaDave Whitinger has sent us an article on the importance of the Mozilla project. "If we come together and push all of our might toward a Free Web Browser for Linux, we have a good chance of winning this battle. If we fail, we will lose the war. This is the issue that Microsoft wants us to overlook." Worth a read.
PHPThe slides from Jim Winstead's ALS talk on PHP are available on the PHP web site.
PostgreSQLPostgreSQL 6.5.3 has been released. According to the release announcement, this is a bugfix-only release.
Bruce Momjian is writing a book about PostgreSQL, apparently to be published by Addison-Wesley. This book is available online from the PostgreSQL.org web site. It is currently very much a work in progress, but much of the beginning material is in place.
WineHere is the Wine Weekly News from November 8. Included therein is a great deal of information on Wine development, and a mention of a Quicken success report.
ZopeDo you wonder what Zope really is? Perhaps the best one-page description of Zope we have seen is this posting by Evan Simpson in comp.lang.python. Recommended reading for anybody who is curious about what makes Zope work.
Zope 2.1.0 beta 1 has been released. This is primarily a bugfix and performance release, but it does also include some internationalization support and ZCatalog enhancements.
And here is this week's Zope news from Amos Latteier.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
November 11, 1999
LispFor all you Lisp hackers out there, Marc Mertins has released Lisp Debug 0.9, a graphical source debugger for a number of Lisp variants.
PerlPerlMonth #6 has been released. (Thanks to Baiju Thakkar).
PythonHere is this week's Python-URL, written by Gordon McMillan.
A call for demos and posters at IPC8 has been posted. If you have a project that you would like to present at the eighth International Python Conference, now is the time to put in your abstract.
And, speaking of ICP8, Registration for the International Python Conference is now open. The deadline is January 3, 2000 for "early bird" rates. See the announcement for more.
Mailman 1.1 has been released. This release was driven by the goal of removing all GIF files from the distribution; it also includes some performance improvements.
Tcl/tkTcl/Tk 8.2.2 has been released, details in the announcement. It is primarily a bugfix release.
And here is this week's Tcl-URL by Jeffrey Hobbs, full of good Tcl/Tk pointers and information.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh