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BrowsersArticle on Mozilla. WebMonkey has a really nice article about Communicator 5, Mozilla, and the importance of standards. "Communicator 5 (aka Mozilla) is one of the most highly anticipated releases in browser history. Yes, there's been much hoopla about its open-source development and Gecko, its powerful layout engine. But the real kicker is that it promises to be the most standards-compliant major browser ever. "
Mozilla M13 has been released. M13 was announced yesterday, January 26th, 2000. The release notes don't really make it clear what exactly has been improved in M13. It is early days yet, but it doesn't look like M13 is necessarily better than M12 in all ways ... the less brave may want to wait for M14.
EducationSEUL-EDU Linux in education report #4. The fourth SEUL-EDU Linux in Education report is now available. Covered topics include Dr. Genius and the Free Physics Project.
Linux Knowledge Base weekly report. Here is the latest weekly report from the Linux Knowledge Base project. They are scrambling over there as they go for their February 1 release.
GamesShadowbane for Linux petition. We got in this note about an electronic petition asking that Wolfpack Studios make its "Shadowbane" multiplayer game available for Linux. Evidently Wolfpack is thinking about it, but doesn't see enough interest from the Linux community. If you would like to see this product made available for Linux, it's time to express that interest.
High AvailabilityLinux-HA website updates. Links to a new Apache module for high-available and the netsaint network monitoring software have been added to the Linux-HA website.
Office ToolsGimp 1.1.15. The latest version of The Gimp has been released. This is an unstable, developer-only release. The Gimp Kernel-Cousin. This week's Gimp Kernel-Cousin was published January 21st, 2000.
On the DesktopThe State of GNOME Address. Miguel's latest comments on the status of Gnome and its future, along with user comments, was released January 21st, 2000. It is an excellent overview and covers a lot of ground, including the priorities that will be used to focus effort. "As Maddog likes to say, lets not think about the little percentage of people who have chosen an operating system so far. Lets think about the rest of the population that has never used a computer: we need to make GNOME accessible to them, and make it their desktop of choice."
This week's Gnome Summary. Havoc Pennington's Gnome Summary for January 18th through the 26th indicates that a new stable release of Gnome is planned for this spring, and talks in detail about their planned policy for new major releases. It will be interesting to see how well it works, to contrast with problems experienced by other large, free software projects, such as Debian.
Gnome Projects of the Week. Three new projects of the week have been suggested, including one marked "unofficial". gnome-applets, gnumeric and gPhoto are the packages involved. They look quite inviting, for someone wishing to get their "feet wet" in Gnome development ...
KDE's KUML. KUML is a Virtual Unified Modeling Language Designer for KDE being developed by the KUML team, led by Darius Stachow. Still under development, the website contains information on the features that have been implemented so far.
Website DevelopmentMidgard Weekly Summary. Easier access to updated versions of the Midgard manual, news on the port of Midgard to Windows and RPMs for SuSE are covered in this week's Midgard Weekly Summary, covering news for this web application development and publishing platform.
A Zope Primer (Byte). Byte's Jon Udell looks at the Zope calendar tag. "Like a lot of object-oriented systems, notably Smalltalk, Zope can give you tremendous leverage once you figure out how it's put together, but getting to that point can be a real challenge. I hope this example will help someone else get there a bit quicker than I did."
WineWine Weekly News The Wine Weekly News for January 24th, 2000, indicates that a firm decision has been made to move Wine to using the MIT X11 license instead of the original Wine license. All Wine authors are asked to send email to Alexandre Julliard to indicate acceptance of the new license.
Address space separation. The WWN also indicated that work has begun on creating a separate address space for each process that runs under Wine, both for security and for issues of running DLLs that do not have relocation records.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
January 27, 2000
JavaBlackdown Java-Linux FAQ. An updated version of the firstname.lastname@example.org FAQ has been posted.
Blackdown JCK Status. The status of the JCK testing progress for the JDK 1.2.2 has been updated this week. It looks like considerable progress has been made, but a few problems remain for the x86 port and others.
1.2.2-RC4 will be released this week! is a comment posted to the Blackdown 1.2.2 Port Status Page on January 24th, 2000.
PerlBook Review: Elements of Programming with Perl. David H. Adler has written this review of Elements of Programming with Perl, by Andrew Johnson. "It seems quite clear that Johnson's is the first book that you would want to actually recommend to those people who say 'I've heard about this \"pearl\" thing, where can I learn more' without worrying that they'll have to be entirely retrained afterwards. "
PHPPHP developers conference report. Here is a report from the first PHP Developers Conference. It includes the establishment of milestones for the long-awaited PHP 4.0 release, a decision to bundle the MySQL library with PHP 4.0, and ideas for future PHP developments.
PythonThis week's Python-URL. Here is Dr. Dobb's Python-URL for January 24. It mentions the beginning of the 8th International Python Conference, and lots of other Python development topics.
Jpython 1.1 final has been released. Check the JPython News page for more details.
Tcl/tkDr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL!. This week's Tcl-URL! covers the release of WaveSurfer 9.9, the most efficient way to count the number of like elements in a list, manipulating URLs in AOLServer and a TclXML tutorial. Jeffrey Hobbs is this week's editor.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh