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EducationSEUL/edu Linux in education report. Thanks to Doug Loss, we have the first SEUL/edu Linux in education report. Quite a bit has been going on in that part of the world, have a look for the latest.
Getting Linux into the Schools is the topic of this article from The Linux Gurus. It compares and contrasts the costs of using Linux versus Windows but also touches on one of the critical reasons for introducing it as an alternative. "Administrators believe that by teaching a student how to use a specific application that this somehow helps them function later in life. Too many times I have seen so called "tech" education classes as simple scripted classes where a student is simply led through the motions of pointing and clicking. We need to show administrators that this does not truly help a student, that we should teach a more broad understanding of the concepts involved. If we can teach those broad concepts then students can apply them to a broad range of situations, applications, and operating systems. " [From LinuxForKids.]
On the DesktopThis week's GNOME summary. Here is this week's GNOME summary by Havoc Pennington. It's a long issue, covering almost three weeks of GNOME development. Highlights include Miguel's Innovator of the Year Award and Linux Journal's article on Gnome, Its State and Future.
Mosfet.org Debuts, for KDE Developer News. Mosfet has launched his mosfet.org site, with a focus on KDE 2.0 Development News.
Kurt Granroth has provided a tutorial on converting KDE applications to Konqueror browser plug-ins.
Vertical MarketsFreeMed v0.1 released. Version 0.1 of FreeMed, an open source medical records management tool, has been released.
FreeVet 1.1.1. In a similar area, this latest version of FreeVet "aims to provide the veterinarian with a complete solution for running a clinic, small or large."
Web DevelopmentPhhttpd 0.0.2 available. For those of you who want to experiment with extreme high-performance web serving, phhttpd 0.0.2 is now available. Do note the warning, however: "Right now this stuff is still highly experimental. There are numerous bugs and features lacking that prevents phhttpd from being used in a production environment. This release is intended for interested developers and daring sysadmins who want to send me mail and tell me what's broken."
Midgard Weekly Summary. Here is this week's Midgard summary, thanks to Henri Bergius. It mentions that the Midgard 2 API has been frozen and both a stable 1.2.x release and an alpha release of Midgard 2 are expected "soon".
Zope Weekly News. This week's Zope Weekly News is now available, complete with a link to the previously mentioned security advisory, new programs, updates, patches and a discussion that may be of interest to other people just getting started developing Zope applications.
Netizen releases 'Xen'. Netizen (a Melbourne, AU consultancy) has announced the release of "Xen," an open-source, Zope-based task tracking system.
WineWine Weekly News. The Wine Weekly News for January 3rd, 2000, mentions a Y2K problem, "Wine release naming scheme Year 2000 problem, and there's no Wine 1.0 yet to replace the scheme! (Let's see how Alexandre deals with it...)"
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
January 6, 2000
PerlFarflung Perl Groups utilize Virtual Presentations. Adam Turoff has written up an article entitled Virtual Presentations with Perl in which he takes a look at how perl and other high and low technology techniques have been put together to allow small Perl Mongers groups to enjoy and participate in presentations hosted by more populous and active groups. The technique should be of interest to Linux User Groups, which can have many of the same issues.
Applixware Perl API 0.2.0. An initial development version of a Perl API for Applixware has been announced.
PythonThis week's Python-URL. Here is this week's Dr. Dobb's Python-URL, covering the latest in Python development news.
Tcl/tkDr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL!. This week's Tcl-URL! is brought to us by Jeffrey Hobbs. It indicates that people are starting to notice advantages to the 8.3 release, such as a faster canvas widget. Of course, it also contains the usual pointers to other interesting topics on the tcl lists this past week.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh