The Oldenburg Linux Developers Meeting is set up in a way that makes participation as easy and inexpensive as possible. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome. There are several large rooms at the University of Oldenburg where people can install their computers, use the network and possibly sleep when they get tired of hacking. During the whole event a 'continuous breakfast' is provided (with lots of coffee). There are no formal presentations, but people break away from time to time in separate rooms for informal discussions. All this makes the Oldenburg meeting a really intense and productive meeting, although most participants have severe sleep deprivation at the end.
In total there were around 60 hackers present in Oldenburg, mostly working on various kernel porting efforts. Also, several Debian groups such as the Installer and Security teams were present. The GNU Classpath distro DevJam group consisted of around 14 people. Attendees included several packagers from Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, OpenEmbedded and SUSE, and some developers from the GNU Classpath, GCJ, Kaffe and Cacao projects. The participants seemed to agree on the goals (a mature Free Software packaging and development toolchain), which kept the discussions largely free of politics, and focused on technical issues.
The main subjects discussed where the completeness of the free toolchains, common packager frustrations with upstream packages written in the java programming language and how to combine and integrate GCJ ahead of time compilation with a traditional Java environment.
For the distributions a lot of the focus is not on completeness (filling that last 10%), but on making real world applications work. The interaction between the packagers and the upstream developers seems to be tight, and working out nicely. The programs that are packaged by the distributions seem to work well now, but for people wanting a full free replacement for the Java platform, a lot of work is still needed. The main worry at the moment is that there is no plan yet for a complete security audit of the full stack. This prevents distributions from packaging applet viewers and interesting applications that make use of the permission-based security framework using signed jar files.
Clusters and GridsThis release has been restricted to a small number of important bug fixes."
Database Softwarehas been released. "This is the first release announcement for Proboscis, the PQueue based Green Trunk implementation. It is a PostgreSQL driver/interface for Python. Another one? Well, yes and no. Proboscis is not libpq based, nor does it primarily produce a DB-API 2.0 interface(0.2 may include a layer for DB-API 2.0 users)." has been announced. "This release contains improvements to the mapping between the SQL and Python datatypes and a re-write of the data retrieval code. Also some changes to the reference counting." ZODB 3.5.1 contains (just) a few bugfixes relative to 3.5.0, involving Zope 3's zeoctl and mkzeoinst scripts, and the ZopeUndo.Prefix class."
Telecomhas been announced. "GNU Bayonne 2 1.0 is composed of a subset of those services and features found in the recently introduced, and very rapidly advancing GNU Bayonne 2 development effort. Features were chosen for introduction in this release candidate that were already stable and effective for production use and supportable under GNU/Linux and other platforms."
Web Site Developmenthas been released. "This release is primarily a bugfix release but includes several new features that should make this worth the upgrade." mnoGoSearch web site search engine has been released. See the change history for release details.
Business Applicationshas been announced. "JFreeReport 0.8.6 adds the ability to distribute wide pages over multiple physical pages, much like spreadsheet applications like Excel print overly large tables. The new StackedLayoutManager simplifies the usage of dynamic elements and improvements in the XML parser implementations allow the definition of global stylesheets for all available report definition formats." has been announced. "This version adds new functionality: reservations management for restaurants, and a inventory diary report. A new italian translation. The sales chart changed, now is a jasperreports report. Bugs fixed: reports can be exported to PDF format and graphics are printed, not the black rectangle. And a new picture of Tina."
Calendar Softwarehas announced the publication of a project roadmap for the Lightning calendar project. "An initial roadmap for the Lightning calendar project has been created by Dan Mosedale. The document, which is currently rather sparse, sets out the basic plan for the Mozilla Thunderbird calendaring and scheduling add-on, specifying the aims for Lightning 0.1 (targetted for November this year), Lightning 0.2 and the future."
AccessibilityStatement On Desktop Accessibility Development. "We wish to allay any concern that our standardization efforts might be focused on any one particular toolkit or desktop technology to the exclusion of other toolkits and desktops. We believe it is imperative to preserve choice and to maximize available options for users. Therefore we are developing an accessibility standard based on functional performance criteria implemented in messaging protocols fully independent of any particular toolkit or desktop technology. We believe users who are persons with disabilities should be empowered to choose technologies from any and all environments which provide accessibility just as other desktop users today routinely use a mix of technologies from different desktop environments. Our goal is seamless interoperability." (Found on KDE.News and GnomeDesktop)
Gameshas been announced. "Version 0.6 fixes a bunch of things and adds a bunch of things, check the changelog for details. Trust me, you want it. It automatically grabs all your league's team data for your Yahoo fantasy football leagues and calculates your entire league's scores, live as the games happen! Don't pay for this functionality when you can host this program and provide it to your entire league!"
GUI PackageswxWidgets, a cross-platform GUI framework, is available. "This is a bug fix release."
Imaging Applicationshas been announced. "GIMP 2.3.4 has lots of changes all over the place, with the focus on usability. Most notable change is that plug-in dialogs are now transient to the image window and that the menus are being reorganized. This is an ongoing effort and you are invited to participate." mentions the availability of training videos for KimDaBa, the KDE Image Database. "For those of you who do not understand how to use KimDaBa, there is now no reason not to use it. KimDaBa is the first KDE application to offer small flash videos with voice-overs describing how to use it. See the tutorials at KimDaBa's video page or read on below for Jesper's description of how and why to make video tutorials of applications."
InteroperabilityWine Traffic has been published. Topics include: Summer of Code Wrapup, Docs Needed, FreeDCE & Wine, WineD3D and DirectX7, Wine & WindowsCE, Finding Memory Leaks, Printing & Acrobat Reader and Running Wine From Source Tree.
Mail Clientshave been announced. "Thunderbird 1.0.7 is a minor update that will fix a few bugs, including a return receipt regression introduced in version 1.0.2 (bug 289091) and the Linux command line URL parsing security flaw (bug 307185)."
Multimediahas announced the availability of a new GStreamer newsletter. "The new[s]letter covers recent developments and changes and is meant to become a regular feature. Andy also sent out a mail proposing a roadmap for doing GStreamer 0.10 placing the 0.10 release in early December."
Music ApplicationsALSA MIDI Kommander is a DCOP interface exposing many ALSA Sequencer features for shell scripts, Kommander scripts, or KDE programs requiring MIDI Sequencer services. A few MIDI utilities have been developed with this tool, which can be used both as programming examples and as real work tools." KMidimon is an application to monitor MIDI events coming from a MIDI external port or application via the ALSA sequencer. It is especially useful if you want to debug MIDI software or your MIDI setup." Om is a realtime OSC controlled modular synthesizer (effects processor, etc, etc) for Jack systems with LADSPA and/or DSSI plugins."
Office Applications1.3.16 and 1.9.129. Both add bug fixes and a small number of new features.
ScienceBKchem, a chemical drawing application, has been announced. "The second preview release of the 0.11 branch is out. This release focuses on improving the InChI reading capabilities. BKchem can now successfully read 98.5% of InChIs generated from the NCI database (about 120 000 compounds)."
Web Browsershas been announced. "Fixes are included for the international domain name (IDN) link buffer overflow vulnerability and the Linux command line URL parsing flaw. There are also other security and stability changes, including a fix for a crash experienced when using certain Proxy Auto-Config scripts. In addition, some regressions introduced by previous 1.7.x security updates have been resolved. If this description sounds like our article on Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7, that's because most of the fixes included in the two releases are the same." The minutes from the September 19, 2005 mozilla.org staff meeting have been announced. "Issues discussed include releases and the Mozilla Foundation."
Miscellaneousis available. "QFE is full-featured FTN message editor with a graphical interface. It written on C++/Qt and does not depend on either KDE or Gnome. This is a minor release with minor enhancements and bugfixes. See Changelog for full details about changes and improvements."
Languages and Tools
C#has been announced. "SharpMimeTools is an open source MIME parser/decoder assembly that is written in C#. It fully works under .NET and Mono. We have reached 0.3 milestone. So here is a new beta (0.3b). It has new features, some improvements and fixes."
Javaintroduces Hibernate on O'Reilly. "Hibernate is a free open source Java package that makes it easy to work with relational databases. James Elliott describes the "enlightened laziness" that resulted in the development of Hibernate, how it works, and when it makes good sense to use it in your projects."
LispThis version adds support for several additional external formats, new timers, a byte rotation optimization, and fixes several bugs."
PostScripthas been released. "ESP Ghostscript 8.15.1 is the first stable release based on GPL Ghostscript 8.15 and includes an enhanced configure script, the CUPS raster driver, many GPL drivers, support for dynamically loaded drivers (currently implemented for the X11 driver), and several GPL Ghostscript bug fixes. The new release also fixes all of the reported STRs from ESP Ghostscript 7.07.x."
RubyRuby Weekly News looks at the latest discussions from the ruby-talk mailing list.
Editorsis available. Here are the changes: "Fixes a few minor functionality bugs and adds a handful of useful features: the ability to spawn external applications via an embedded shell, selection of search results from find in files selects the actual result, and encodings support during opening and saving."
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