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News and EditorialsThe Jython project has announced its existence. Jython is the successor to JPython - the implementation of Python in Java. The new project has been created as part of the overall Python license change - it will have a license that looks much like the new Python 2.0 license. The first official Jython release will be at some unspecified future date, but the code is currently available on sourceforge.
Speaking of Python variants, David Mertz of Gnosis Software discusses several other versions of Python, including Vyper and Stackless Python. The article delves into the issues of multiple language implementations.
Mozilla Sidebar Tools. There are several new tools for working with the Mozilla sidebar panel. Eric Hodel has added some requested new features to the Links Sidebar Panel, and D.J. Adams has written a perl script called My Sidebar which allows for the creation of a Mozilla 5 sidebar panel from "an RSS data source of your choice".
Jabberzilla Alpha 1 for M18. Eric Murphy has released an Alpha 1 version of Jabberzilla, which combines Jabber and Mozilla technologies. "Jabber is a peer-to-peer messaging system that is XML-based and lets you use Instant Message systems like AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo Chat, etc. from a single application."
DOM 1 Reference published. Jiri Znamenacek has published a Document Object Model (DOM) level 1 reference. He is looking for XML contributions to the reference.
PostgreSQL tutorial slides (PostgreSQL). The PostgreSQL site has published a set of slides for an upcoming talk by Tom Lane and Bruce Momjian. The talk will be presented at the Open Source Database Summit on October 30 and 31, 2000 in San Jose, California.
Linux For Kids releases CD Collection. The Linux For Kids site has just announced the release of an ISO image of its version 1.03 CD software collection. Now you can burn your own CD and have lots of Linux educational and game software in one handy location.
SEUL/edu report #31. The October 23 edition of the SEUL/edu report is out. Check it out for the latest news concerning Linux in the schools.
Wine Weekly News #66. The October 23 edition of the Wine Weekly News is out. This issue announces a new Winehq search engine, new mailing lists, and some Wine history.
OpenNMS Update. The latest OpenNMS Update has been sent in, providing updates on various projects, including a MIB compiler and the scope of the OpenNMS project for the month of November.
Kivio First Public Beta Available. KDE Dot News reports on the first beta release of Kivio, a KDE-based diagram and flowchart editing tool. "Kivio is the first and most complete diagramming tool for KDE".
Gimp 1.1.27 and 1.1.28 released. Manish Singh, Gimp build master, released Gimp 1.1.27, a new developer's version of the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, back on October 4th. After some build problems were reported, Gimp 1.1.28 was released on October 16th. These releases contain mostly bug-fixes and documentation changes.
Gnumeric Spreadsheet 0.57 released. Version 0.57 of the Gnumeric Spreadsheet program has been released.
On the Desktop
The People Behind KDE: Claudiu Costin. This week, the People Behind KDE series interviews Claudiu Costin.
Trolltech releases an open source localization tool. Trolltech has released a fully functional preview of Qt Linguist, an application language translation system. Qt linguist is licensed under the open source BSD license. Qt Linguist works in conjunction with Qt, Trolltech's cross-platform GUI application framework. "Qt Linguist, localization tool, allows users to seamlessly convert Qt-based programs from one language to another, simply and intelligently. Qt Linguist helps with the translation of all visible text in a program, to and from any language supported by Unicode and the target platforms".
Evolution 0.6 announced (Gnome.org). Gnome.org has announced the release of Evolution 0.6, code named Procompsognathus, truly a coded name in this case. This release features lots of additions to the Mail program, and numerous bug fixes among other things.
Reorganizing the UI team (Gnome.org). Miguel De Icaza has posted an article on Reorganizing the UI team for the Gnome project.
The executive summary follows:
The Alternative Languages in Gnome Matrix. Erik Bågfors has published The Alternative Languages in Gnome Matrix with a large table of languages that may be used for developing Gnome applications.
Medical software's free future (BMJ). The British Medical Journal has run an editorial by Douglas Carnall on Medical software's free future. "Free software concepts make particular sense in medicine: although peer review has its problems, medical knowledge is becoming more open, not less, and the idea of locking it up in proprietary systems is untenable". Worth checking out.
Section Editor: Forrest Cook
October 26, 2000
Erlang Conference Proceedings. The proceedings from the October 3, 2000 Erlang/OTP user conference have been made available. Take a virtual tour of the conference.
Blackdown releases Java2 SE v1.3.0-FCS. Blackdown has released its Java2 SE v1.3.0-FCS for Linux. This release contains many bug fixes.
Programming GNOME Applications with Perl, Part One (Perl.com). O'Reilly's Perl.com has published a feature article on Programming GNOME Applications with Perl. The article takes you through the process of developing a simple gnome application with Perl.
Perl 5 Porters gets new author. Simon Cozens has recently taken charge of the Perl 5 Porters digest. The latest issue contains discussions on virtual values, slow unshift response, and the handling of integers and floating point values.
PHP Weekly Summary #8. The October 23 issue of the PHP Weekly Summary is out. News includes a pl1 release of PHP 4.0.3 that fixes a problem with the Apache php_value mechanism, among other things. PHP 4.0.3pl1 can be downloaded here.
Python-dev summary for October 1-16, 2000. The Python-dev summary for October 1 - 16, 2000 is now available. A summary of recent discussions about Python's handling of floating point numbers was posted.
This week's Python-URL. Here is Dr. Dobb's Python-URL for October 23 with the usual collection of goodies from the Python development world. Topics include hints on math operators, IEEE 754, watch variables, assertions, and exceptions
Python Bindings and Scripting for KDE Updated. theKompany.com announced the release of VeePee v1.0 and SIP/PyQt/PyKDE version 2.1. "VeePee is the Python-based scripting environment for KDE, and SIP/PyQt/PyKDE are the Python bindings for Qt and KDE. These updates are to support Python 2.0 as well as numerous feature additions and some bug fixes".
Mod_python beta 2.6 announced. Gregory Trubetskoy has announced the release of Mod_python beta 2.6. This release features bug fixes, faster operation, and improved installation thanks to a switch to the autoconf system.
py_cpp Python/C++ binding system announced. A new Python/C++ binding system, py_cpp, has been announced.
Installing and using SGMLtools-Lite (IBM Developer Works). IBM's developer works has run an article on Installing and using SGMLtools-Lite by Joe "Zonker" Brockmeister. The article covers the installation of this tool and its use in converting SGML into HTML, PostScript, text, and other languages.
This week's Tcl-URL. Here is Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL for October 23 with the latest from the Tcl/Tk development community. This week's edition discusses accessing tape drives, closing out applications correctly, and terminal i/o among other things.
Software Development Tools
LSB test news. The Linux Standards Based released this announcement regarding the status of their testing processes. "The first milestone for LSB test development is now complete. This has been in setting up the test framework for integrating tests into. The framework adopted is the Test Environment Toolkit, with the VSXgen (generic VSX test framework) layered on top of that. As proof of concept the first test sets, the LSB-VSX and LSB-FHS test sets have been integrated into the framework."
More information on this can be found in the Distributions Page.
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