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News and EditorialsDevelopment projects get organized. Recent changes in how a couple of free software projects handle their development processes are interesting to look at. While they resemble each other greatly in some ways, they also have some important differences.
BrowsersA revised Mozilla roadmap has been posted. Among other things, a new version numbering scheme has been devised; after the M18 milestone release will come Mozilla 0.9, and things will go up from there.
SEUL/edu Linux in Education Report. The SEUL/edu Linux in Education Report for September 25 is out. It looks at the new kmLinux distribution and several other topics.
High AvailabilityPiranha 4.17-2 is out. Red Hat has released version 4.17-12 of the Piranha clustering system. It fixes a number of problems; users of Piranha should probably upgrade. Of course, you'll need to look at the followup posting to find out where the upgrade is...
InteroperabilityThe Wine Weekly News for September 26, 2000 is available. It looks like a slow week in the Wine world, but there is a move afoot to beef up the documentation as part of the 1.0 release effort.
Network ManagementOpenNMS Update. The OpenNMS Update for September 27 is out. It describes the team's meeting with IBM cyberevangelist Doug Tidwell, and a number of other development topics.
On the DesktopNot paying the piper. Piper is "a system for managing multi-protocol connections between Internet-distributed objects." It's based on a number of GNOME components (Loci, GMS, and Overflow), and is seen as an open source answer to Microsoft's ".NET". The project is in its early stages, but has gotten far enough to have a screenshot up.
KDE 2.0 release schedule. An updated KDE 2.0 release schedule has been posted. It calls for a final freezing of the code on October 2, with only the most urgent of fixes allowed. The actual release is set to happen on October 16.
People behind KDE: Stephan Kulow. The "People Behind KDE" series continues with this interview with Stephan Kulow. " I guess, I'm one of the most central persons within KDE development. It's hard to develop for KDE and haven't heard of me. It's not that I'm that great, but that I give away CVS accounts, 'moderate' the kde-core-devel mailing list (I decide, who posts and who doesn't), I maintain all the stuff around building KDE."
Kugar 1.0 is out. The release of Kugar 1.0, a business report generator and viewer, has been announced. It relies on some other application to actually generate the data; once it's there, it applies a template to present the data in proper pointy-haired fashion. It's implemented as a KPart, and can thus be easily used within other KDE applications.
New KDE news site. Navindra Umanee, who wrote the KDE updates that appeared in LWN (and elsewhere) a while back, has resurfaced with KDE Dot News, a news site covering happenings in the KDE community.
Section Editor: Forrest Cook
September 28, 2000
JavaTritonus 0.3.0 is out. Tritonus is a free implementation of the Java sound API. This release is considered to be a developer's release, with the intent of stabilizing things before the 0.4.x series. It includes a number of new features, with more on the way; see the announcement for more.
PerlPerl.com talks with Dr. Ilya Zakharevich. Recommended reading: this interview with Dr. Ilya Zakharevich which appears on the Perl.com web site. On the Perl 6 effort: "Currently, I have only one sentiment about this effort: It should be terminated ASAP. There are many problems with Perl, but I would consider a ground-up rewrite as the last alternative for fixing these problems. The only aspect in which a ground-up rewrite would help is PR. While PR is important, I would think that there should be less wasteful ways to improve PR than locking the resources into a possible vaporware for 2 to 3 years."
Inlining other languages into Perl code. Looking for a way to make your Perl code more interesting? Or perhaps just faster? The Inline module (now at release 0.26) allows you to embed code from other languages in the middle of a Perl program. Currently the only supported "other language" is C; using C not only allows writing fast code, but that code gets full access to the internals of the Perl system. The potential for fun and adventure is obvious.
The real fun, though, will come when other languages are added. Inline assembly is obviously called for, and inline BASIC should sit well with the Perl crowd. But how could anybody resist the temptation of mixing in Lisp code? Maybe the ActiveState folks would like to do inline Visual Basic as well?
The Obfuscated Perl Contest will never be the same.
Report from YAPC::Europe. Thanks to Charlie Stross, we have a summary report from YAPC::Europe (YAPC being, of course, "Yet Another Perl Conference"), which was held in London last week. It looks like it was far too much fun...
PythonPython 2.0b2 is out. This is, with luck, the last beta release before 2.0 goes live. The What's new in Python 2.0b2 page gives a list of what's in this release - it's mostly a long list of bug fixes.
According to the Python 2.0 release schedule (otherwise known as PEP 200), the final release should happen around October 10.
Distutils 0.9.3 released. Distutils is a Python package intended to make the packaging and installation of modules easier and more standard. It's already part of the 2.0 beta release; if you're running an older Python system, however, you may need to install distutils separately to be able to install and use some modules. See the announcement for details.
This week's Python-URL. Here is Dr. Dobb's Python-URL for September 25 with the latest Python news. Among other things, you can get an answer to the important question of just what "lambda" is good for.
This week's Tcl-URL. Here is Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL for September 25, with a roundup of what happened in the Tcl/Tk development world over the last wekk.
Section Editor: Forrest Cook
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