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How Many Bugs Does Linux Have?. There is an interesting discussion going on over at Advogato. The original poster is amazed that the average distribution is so stable, and wonders if there is a way to somehow get a handle on how many bugs a large distributed open-source software project might have. "It is truly amazing to me that Linux and all the packages that make your average distribution are so stable. The stability is certainly not due to testing. I'm still stumped as to the reason beyond the most obvious one: things that are used (dogfood) are fixed. But what about the stuff that's not used, but you may one day need to work?"
LART CAD files released. The LART project has announced the release of a full set of CAD files under an open hardware license. "The LART is a small yet powerful embedded computer capable of running Linux, built around an Intel SA-1100 StrongARM processor. Its performance is around 250 MIPS while consuming less than 1 Watt of power."
Application of the week: Gnumeric (Linuxcare). Linuxcare's application of the week is the Gnumeric spreadsheet. "This application looks sharp and functions pretty well for my current needs. Given the momentum behind the GNOME project, Gnumeric is on its way to becoming a convincing alternative to similar proprietary applications."
Developing with Open Source. This week's Freshmeat editorial discusses the approach one should take to develop software using the open source model. "Be very strict about the project. Write guidelines on how the code is going to be formated. Write guidelines about the extent of documentation required both in the code and externally. And then stick to your guidelines. This way, you'll understand the code in two months time, but more importantly, if new developers join the project, there will be some consistency and cohesion to it."
LUIGUI is dead. We mentioned LUIGUI , the Linux/UNIX Independent Group for Usability Information, on the front page of the February 24th, 2000 edition of the Linux Weekly News. Now, only a few weeks later, we must report its demise. "I have the unfortunate job of telling you that the LUIGUI list and associated projects have been put on hold (read: cancelled) due to lack of support by the University."
This week's Linux in Education Report talks about testimonials from teachers and students using Linux in schools that they received in response to the editorial. Many of these people thought they were alone in their efforts. It also mentions a search for a summer camp that supports Linux or open source software ... none were found. Here is a good project for next summer: a Free Software Summer Camp!
Embedded LinuxKURT: The KU Real-Time Linux. A whitepaper has been released describing KURT: The KU Real-Time Linux, an implementation of a real-time system that lies in between the arenas of soft real-time and hard real-time. "Some types of processing (eg. multimedia) do not fit well into the hard or soft real-time categories. The periodic requests made by multimedia applications are sensitive to variations in timing. As such, they are not well served by the loose guarantees provided by soft real-time systems. Hard real-time systems are often faced with providing guarantees at the expense of providing services. Thus, while they can meet the timing requirements of a multimedia application, many times they cannot meet it's other service requirements."
Enterprise ApplicationsIT-Director looks at four ERP suites that are under development for Linux. "Compared to heavyweight ERP suites like that from SAP, these may look fairly thin, but these are early days. The very fact that there are four Open Source initiatives leads us to believe that the ERP market will undoubtedly have at least one significant Open Source competitor." (Found on LinuxWorld.)
For Gamers: An interview with CEO's of BioWare Corp.. Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka are joint CEO's of BioWare Corp, a company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which developed Shattered Steel, Baldur's Gate, Tales of the Sword Coast, and is developing Baldur's Gate II, MDK2, and Neverwinter Nights. LinuxPower has put out an interview exploring their future plans in general and their plans for Linux. " BioWare's goal is to develop products for every possible platform. Linux is an operating system with a lot of potential for the future."
InteroperabilityWine Weekly News. Wine 20000326 has been released, announced this week's Wine Weekly News. Other discussions include Wine's resource compiler (wrc) and compatibility between Wine and XFree86.
Samba Kernel-Cousin. The Samba Kernel-Cousin for March 23rd covers five alpha releases that have gone out this week, including the second pre-release of Samba 2.0.7 and four alpha releases of Luke Leighton's Samba-TNG branch. This branch, by the way, is slated to go directly into Samba 3.0 if and when the code is stable enough.
NetworkingAdvanced Linux Routing HOW-TO. A bazaar-style development project to produce an Linux 2.4 Advanced Routing HOWTO has been started by bert hubert and Greg Maxwell. They are looking for as many co-editors as they can get, since they have a lot of ground to cover. "It appears that Linux features a wildly powerful traffic controller under the hood that hasn't been recognized widely before, because of a staggering lack of HOWTO style documentation." Good luck to them, this project will be much appreciated.
Along the same lines, Martijn van Oosterhout announced his Packet-Shaping-HOWTO.html.
AbiWord Weekly News. - Starting Word Exporter, GNOME support, LaTeX export and Modal dialogs are the topics for this week's AbiWord Weekly News.
On the Desktop
KDE Development News. The implementation of a new icon scheme, a new crash handler, Java support and more are discussed in this week's KDE Development News.
The SEUL project announces SEUL/sci. The SEUL project has announced the SEUL/sci project, to foster the development of useful open source scientific software for Linux. They have issued their first weekly Linux in Science report. This week's report includes a summary of recent scientific software releases, along with a bit more detailed coverage of the R Statistical System.
Website DevelopmentZope Weekly News (Mar 29). This week's Zope Weekly News covers the announcement that ZEO is going open source and more ... "ZEO (Zope Enterprise Option) turns Zope into a distributed transactional object system, allowing people to add processors, machines, and networks to scale their web applications."
Midgard Weekly Summary (#34). This week's Midgard Weekly Summary reports that a stable version of Oracle-enabled midgard-lib may be released within a week. Work on a postgres port is beginning as well, starting with developing better documentation for the internal Midgard API to assist the port. Midgard's default database implementation is MySQL. "Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language."
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
March 30, 2000
C++Benjamin Kosnik released a new development snapshot for C++ on Friday, March 24th which is available for download.
HaskellHaskell is a "purely functional language" that has several freely available implementations. We asked Jens-Ulrik Petersen for more information on the licensing of the various Haskell implementations and he provided a summary for us. "Until quite recently (last year in fact I believe), the Haskell community had a kind of academic attitude of distancing itself from licensing. However (because of the desire to be included in Linux distributions I would say) this changed and now all the main implementations have BSD-like or Artistic licenses."
JavaEnhydra 3.0. Lutris Technologies announced the release of Enhydra 3.0. Enhydra is an Open Source Java/XML application server. The latest version includes support for wireless applications on cell phones and PDAs, load balancing and integration with Inprise's JBuilder products, including the JBuilder IDE. "Lutris Enhydra 3.0, which includes extensive enhancements in scalability and standards support, is the commercially certified and supported version of Enhydra. In keeping with existing practice, bug fixes, GUI installs, and other advancements and developments will be posted concurrently to the Open Source community. "
Tritonus 0.1.91. A new version of tritonus, the Java Sound API for Linux, has been released, version 0.1.91. This version has MIDI mostly working and promises major improvements in the handling of 8-bit sound data.
perl v5.6.0 announced!. Perl v5.6.0 was announced today. Additional details were posted to the perl5-porters list. They include a long list of new features, such as Unicode support. "After almost two years of intense deliberation, patching, troubleshooting, and testing, the Perl Porters are proud to bring you the newest major release of Perl. Welcome to Perl v5.6.0!" (Thanks to Baiju Thakkar, PerlMonth.)
Following up the above announcment, ActiveState has announced the release of ActivePerl 5.6. ActivePerl is a value added, binary distribution of Perl that can be downloaded for free. ActiveState provides commercial support for ActivePerl under Linux, Windows and Solaris.
Perl Bindings for RealTime Linux. Zentropix has announced the release of perl bindings for real-time Linux. "Using these bindings, programmers can use the RTAI programming API from a scripting environment, thus giving simple access to a soft real-time programming environment."
PythonPython 3000 to be Complete Rewrite. Linux Today reports a warning by Guido van Rossum that Python 3000 will not be backwards compatible with Python 1.x. Guido plans to develop 3000 in tandem with 1.7 later this year. (1.6 is due by summer.) "'Python 3000 is a monumental effort - all the code will be rewritten and the documentation revised. This is my one chance to reimplement Python and fix its efficiency problems. But how incompatible it will be is a very big open question and I don't have a concrete answer,' he said."
Dr. Dobbs' Python-URL. This week's Python-URLcovers all the Python news for the past week.
Tcl/tkDr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL. This week's Tcl-URL promises a pointer to reveal some of the 'hidden' Tk commands.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
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