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News and EditorialsAssistive Technology Projects for Gnome The Gnome project continues to move forward in the area of accessibility with two new projects, the Gnome Onscreen Keyboard and Gnopernicus.
The Gnome site features an accessibility section that addresses the various disabilities that affect people, and presents solutions to make Gnome software useful to people with these impairments. These solutions are known as assistive technologies, and address a wide variety of impairments with some interesting solutions.
The Gnome Onscreen Keyboard, or GOK project has the following goals: "GOK aims to enable users to control their computer without having to rely on a standard keyboard or mouse. Many individuals have limited voluntary movements and must control the computer using alternative input methods. These input methods may be controlled by actions such as blowing and sipping to activate a pneumatic switch, an eye blink and/or directed gaze with an eye tracking system, head movement, muscle contractions or limb movements."
The Gnopernicus Project addresses people with visual disabilities. "The Gnopernicus project will enable users with limited vision, or no vision, to use the Gnome 2 desktop and Gnome/GTK+-2 applications effectively. By providing automated focus tracking and fullscreen magnification, Gnopernicus will aid low-vision Gnome users, and its screen reader features will allow low-vision and blind users access to standard GTK+2 and Java-based GUI applications via speech and braille output."
Both of these new projects are made possible by the Gnome 2 built-in accessibility framework.
MuSE 0.6.3 available. A new release of MuSE, the Multiple Streaming Engine, has been made available. MuSE allows multiple audio streams to be merged and sent to an Internet broadcast server. "MuSE is being developed in the hope to provide the GNU community with a user friendly tool for network audio streaming, making life easier for independent free speech radios." This version features support for 16Khz sound, and lots of bug fixes.
PostgreSQL v7.2 beta 2. The second beta of PostgreSQL v7.2 has been released. This release contains a number of improvements in performance, administration, and security. (Thanks to Doug McNaught).
SEUL/edu Linux in Education Report. The SEUL/edu Linux in Education Report for November 12 is out. Covered topics include software for web-based journals, and the first of a series of Linux in Education case studies.
New releases from the gEDA project. The gEDA project features a few new releases this week, the Gnu Circuit Analysis Package version 0.30, and an Icarus Verilog snapshot for November 10, 2001.
Updated Linux-PDA Quick Reference Guide. Rick Lehrbaum has posted a newly updated version of the Linux-PDA and PDA-Linux Quick Reference Guide.
Embedded Linux Newsletter. The LinuxDevices.com Embedded Linux Newsletter for November 8 is out, with the usual roundup of goodies from the embedded Linux world.
Mailman 2.0.7 released. Mailman 2.0.7 has been released. Among other things, this release contains a couple of security fixes.
New site: milter.org. A new site for mail filtering issues, milter.org, has gone online. The goal of the site is to act as a clearing house for mail filtering software issues. (Thanks to Jose Nazario.)
OSDN Printing Summit 2001 notes wrap-up. The completed notes from the OSDN Printing Summit 2001 are online. "Actual progress probably will come about less as a result of this conference but instead when many distributions ship printing systems that aren't completely half-assed. Only then will real progress begin to appear."
Getting Started with LDAP (O'Reilly). Luke A. Kanies introduces LDAP, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, on the O'Reilly Network. "This article was much more difficult than I expected. I initially began with an in-depth explanation of LDAP as a protocol, but realized that the real goal here is to be able to work with LDAP right now, not after reading 50 pages of abstract explanations."
Using RPM on Red Hat Linux 7.1 (IBM developerWorks). Dan Poirier talks about the process involved in creating RPM packages on IBM's developer Works.
November 15, 2001
GLAME 0.5.3 released. A new release of the GLAME audio manipulation program is available. Version 0.5.3 is a development release and it includes several bug fixes and optional real-time updates of plugin parameters. National language support for French and German has been added to the graphical front end.
Gdkxft 1.3 Patch Enables Anti-Aliasing on Mozilla. A new release of Gdkxft is available, version 1.3. "Gdkxft transparently adds anti-aliased font support to GTK+ 1.2. Once you have installed it, you can run any (or, nearly any) existing GTK+ binary and see anti-aliased fonts in the GTK widgets. You don't need to recompile GTK+ or your applications. The latest version of Gdkxft, version 1.3, adds AA support for Mozilla."
Galeon 0.12.7 available. With an unceasing pace of forward motion, the Galeon project has released version 0.12.7. This version is RC2 for Galeon 1.0 and includes a few bug fixes.
First Evolution 1.0 release candidate. The first release candidate for Evolution 1.0 has been announced. "After more than two years of hard work, with over 750 thousand lines of code, Ximian Evolution stands out as the premier groupware suite for Linux and UNIX systems." What's needed now, of course, is for lots of people to try it out and find the remaining bugs.
Gnome Foundation Board candidate list. For those who are interested: here's the full list of those running for the GNOME Foundation board.
New GNOME Installation Guide. A new version of the GNOME Installation Guide is out. It's a comprehensive document for beginners who want to install their own GNOME and understand what's actually going on with it.
Bonobo conference paper available. Dirk-Jan Binnema has published a technical overview of Bonobo, the paper was recently presented at the Dutch Unix User Group (NLUUG) Autumn conference
Kernel Cousin KDE for November 9, 2001. The November 9, 2001 edition of the Kernel Cousin KDE is out. Featured topics include LDAP KIOSlave, Simplifying the DCOP Process, Struggling to Clean Up KConfig, Disabling Action in XML GUI, Registering KDE Mime Types?, KNotes Joins the PIM Applications, Proofreading Strings For KDE3, KDE3 Features Plan and Kalling the [K]Artists.
ALS 2001 Summary (KDE dot News). KDE dot News looks at the KDE presence at the recent ALS 2001 conference.
The latest from WorldForge. The WorldForge project has a few new releases, Metaserver 1.2, which is a stable release of the Metaserver, and Cyphesis 0.1.0, both from Al Riddoch. Also, the November edition of The Chopping Block has been published.
GIMP 1.3 released. Version 1.3.0 of the GIMP, the beginning of a new development series, has been released. "Get ready for reorganized, not-yet-really-working sourcecode, compile it, hack it, send patches and help making a new GIMP that kicks ass." Of course, being a proper beginning of a development series, 1.3.0 doesn't actually work... (Thanks to Zachary Beane).
Gimp-Print 4.1.99 rc1 available. Leading up to the 4.2 stable release, Gimp-print version 4.1.99rc1 has been released. This version adds a Polish language translation, support for more printers, build fixes, and more.
Wine Weekly News for November 11, 2001. The latest Wine Weekly News is available. Topics include Winsock2, overlapped I/O, linking in .lib Files, and more on a problem with VirtualDub.
XNotesPlus v3.4.0. Former LWN editor Michael J. Hammel has released XNotesPlus v3.4.0, a personal information manager with full Palm Pilot support.
AbiWord Weekly News #69. Issue #69 of the AbiWord Weekly News is out with the latest developments from that project.
This week in DotGNU. The This Week in DotGNU summary for November 12 is out, with the latest from that project. Included is a look at progress with the free Java implementation.
OSE version 7.0 available. Version 7.0 of OSE is available. "OSE is a generic application framework suitable for constructing general purpose applications, distributed systems and web based services." This version is the first stable release after a year of beta releases.
Haskell Communities and Activities Report. The first edition of the bi-annual Haskell Communities and Activities Report has been announced. The goal of the report it to produce an executive summary of Haskell project and language development.
Object-Oriented Perl (O'Reilly). Simon Cozens discusses introduces the reader to Object-Oriented Perl in an O'Reilly article.
Building Perl projects with MakeMaker (IBM developerWorks). Sean Dague introduces MakeMaker for Perl. "If you've used UNIX or Linux for some period of time, you've probably written a few Perl programs to automate simple tasks. Each of these programs does something basic and simple that might otherwise take you 10 or 20 minutes to do by hand. In this article, Sean will show you how to convert just such a Perl program into a far more robust programming project, one that will be generic enough to be widely distributed across many disparate platforms."
Computer Telephony Programming in Perl (use Perl). David Rowe talks about using Perl and Telephony::CTPort to control PCI telephone interface cards. "After much experimentation with different languages and packages, it became obvious to me that Perl would be a great language for Computer Telephony programming. So I wrote the Telephony::CTPort module to encapsulate the functionality of a CT card port in Perl. For example, you can take the port off hook, onhook, record and play audio files, and collect DTMF digits using this module."
PHP Weekly Summary for November 12, 2001. The November 12, 2001 PHP Weekly Summary is out. Topics include a new BSD-style Zend Engine license, a Windows CHM bug, new DOMXML and gettext extensions, PostgreSQL Async, PHP on Netware, and more.
This week's Python-URL. Dr. Dobb's Python-URL for November 9 is out. Covered topics include teaching Python to kids, the future of stackless Python, and more.
Triple-R: The Rubicon Result Repository. The Ruby Garden has added a section called Triple-R, the Rubicon Result Repository. Triple-R contains "a comprehensive (and growing) set of automated tests for both the language and the built-in classes and modules. This test suite, called Rubicon, can be run by any Ruby user."
Tcl-URL for November 14, 2001. The November 14, 2001 Tcl-URL is out. Topics include CriTcl, simulating LED displays, a Tcl demo of graph theory, and more.
Using XSL-FO to create printable documents (IBM developerWorks). Rodolfo M. Raya introduces XSL-FO (XML Stylesheet Language-Formatting Objects) on IBMs developerWorks. "Need portable documents that, unlike most XML documents, include representation information? This article introduces XSL-FO (XML Stylesheet Language-Formatting Objects) and explains how it can come to the rescue. To demonstrate the advantage of using XSL-FO, the article includes an example implementation of a database reporting system that uses Java and XML code."
XML::SAX (use Perl). The use Perl site features an article on XML::SAX, a Perl module that adds better XML support to Perl.
Integrated Development Environments
Anjuta and gIDE merged!. The Anjuta and gIDE projects have been merged. "The merged project will continue under the name 'Anjuta'. The application itself will be identified as 'Anjuta Dev Studio', and will initially be based on the gIDE codebase."
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