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BrowsersM14 is out ... but you might want to skip it. Mozilla M14 showed up on the download sites without fanfare and still is not mentioned on the front page of Mozilla.org. Meanwhile, commentary on M14 over at MozillaZine indicates that this is one development release you might want to skip. It is certainly not a beta release yet.
DatabasesCommercial software generating free software. Oracle Object Manager 1.0 is a program to allow viewing, creating, altering, and dropping of most Oracle objects which has been released under the GPL.
GamingThe Chopping Block. Worldforge's e-zine, The Chopping Block, has returned with more news on this system for massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, including the release of the "Worldforge Plan".
EducationLinux in Education Report #9. Report #9 covers a lot of ground, including progress on Grader, a consolidated gradebook program, effort to get more binary packages for both Debian and rpm-based systems out, and a couple of Zope-related items. Bruno Vernier has assembled a set of Debian packages containing Zope products he feels are useful for education and Zschool.org has been announced, a project dedicated to Zope in Education. An update on the multimedia program produced at Escuela Normal Manuel Avila Camacho in Mexico is also included.
InteroperabilityWine 20000227. The latest version of Wine is now 20000227. Meanwhile, the Wine Weekly News is reporting progress on the port of Wine to Solaris.
LyX Development News (Mar 1). The LyX Development News for March 1st is now available. This is the second issue of what is planned to be a fortnightly feature (twice a month as opposed to bi-weekly). One feature, among many, that was good to see -- a Hebrew patch has gone in, the beginning of what is hoped to be general support for right-to-left languages.
The AbiWord Weekly News (Feb 23). Last week's AbiWord Weekly News mentions that they've got Tinderbox up and running, continuously recompiling the code on various platforms. Meanwhile, the code base has been transitioned to using IETF style language codes, a major change, and support for Polish has been added, bringing the language support count up to 15.
The AbiWord Weekly News (Mar 1). This week's edition covers topics including the word count dialog, UI design, bug status, list support, a project of the week report and a very nice wrap-up for the month of February.
PostgreSQL v7.0 Beta. The beta version of PostgreSQL 7.0 is now available for download. Features in the new version include the implementation of foreign keys (except for partial match foreign keys), an overhaul of the optimizer and an updated version of psql, their interactive terminal monitor. "This release shows the continued growth of PostgreSQL. There are more updated items in 7.0 than in any previous release." (Thanks to Vincent Lin.)
On the DesktopGNOME Master Plan. A GNOME master plan has been posted on the GNOME site. It gives an overview of what GNOME plans to accomplish over the rest of the year, and how they plan to get there. Worth a read if you're interested in GNOME at all. (Thanks to Anand Rangarajan).
This week's GNOME summary. Here is this week's GNOME summary by Havoc Pennington. Among the topics covered are the new GNOME master plan and the latest word from Eazel.
Announcing KDevelop version 1.1final. The 1.1final version of KDevelop has been announced. This version contains several new features and many bugfixes. It is intended to be the last release for KDE 1.1.2. Then the effort will go into KDevelop 2.x (which will work on KDE 2.x).
ScienceFreeGIS. Bernhard Reiter dropped us some updated news about the FreeGIS project this week. Their CD, containing a variety of GIS and geodata-related free software, is up to version 1.0.2 and now includes a ready-to-run on-line mapping demo with mapserver. A North American distributor for their CD has also been found.
Last, but not least, "The FreeGIS Team is proud about the fact that the
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Website DevelopmentZope Weekly News (Mar 1). This week's Zope Weekly News contains article pointers, product updates, and pointers to new documentation. Note that Amos Latteier is looking for feedback on his Zope Documentation Plan.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 2, 2000
C++ answers from Bjarne Stroustrup (Slashdot). Worth a read: this Slashdot interview with C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup. "Naturally, you can write poor programs in any language. C++ is a powerful tool and in the wrong hands it can generate code that is *obviously* contorted and bloated. That may be preferable to the traditional spaghetti that poor programmers produce in C. Note that someone who is a good C programmer isn't automatically a good C++ programmer. Many problems have been caused by good C programmers assuming that they could adopt a semi-random collection of C++ language features and then magically become a good C++ programmer in a week."
The March 2000 edition of the Linux Gazette. According to the announcement for the latest version of the Linux Gazette, the new edition contains articles on GIMP-Perl, Smalltalk on Linux and process cloning in C, which you may find of interest.
OpenMap 3.4. A new version of OpenMap, a "JavaBeans based toolkit for building applications and applets needing geographic information", has been announced.
Perlperl 5.5.660 beta 2 has been released.
PHPPHP 3.0.15. A new version of PHP has been announced. This release contains some security fixes; if you are using PHP's safe mode, an upgrade is urged.
PythonThis week's Python-URL. Here is this week's Dr. Dobb's Python-URL, with the latest in Python development news.
Tcl/tkThis week's edition of Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL is available.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
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