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Development projects

Dents DNS development described. Todd Lewis has submitted to us an article describing the Dents project. Dents is developing a new DNS server, an alternative to bind. There is some interesting potential here. "Remember when CGI was born and the web went from a gopher-knock-off to a wonderful expanse of dynamic content? We hope to unleash a similar storm of creativity in the DNS space." Worth a read.

Bruce 2.0 announced. Bruce Perens announces Bruce 2.0. The 2.0 version remains vaporware at the moment, however; the expected release date is April 21. "It is a mixed marriage: Valerie is a Windows user, and of course Bruce uses Linux, but Valerie supports raising the child as a Linux user."

A look at GNQS. Stuart Herbert writes to us about the GNQS project, which maintains the NQS batch processing system (which is GPL'd). Stuart has now been maintaining this code now for five years, but its roots go back to 1985. Stuart's note is worth a read - it is an interesting look at a successful development project, and heads off into some thoughts on how more such projects could be supported in the future.


Ganymede 0.99.7 is out. See the announcement for the latest on this network directory service project.


The Hunt for Gnome October! Actually, we don't know if there really was a hunt. However, Gnome October, also known as Gnome 1.0.53., is now out there and promises a higher level of stability (for "worry-free" computing), new features and a new, streamlined reporting system. This is the first full release of all the Gnome packages since 1.0 and apparently an upgrade is "highly recommended", at least according to this week's Gnome Summary.

Generally, the news from this week's summary is very positive, with some glowing reports on Gnumeric (time to check it out!), upcoming plans for tightly integrated groupware and news of Gnome's libglade and libxml Loki's installer.

High Availability

Heartbeat 0.4.5 has been released, see the announcement for details. It includes strong authentication; also: "Fixed the only known bug of any significance, and a couple of others never reported for good measure."


KDE Developer Conference reports. Here's a brief report in the KDE Forum from the KDE Developer Conference. (Thanks to "Avus").

See also this report by Kurt Granroth from the KDE Developers' Conference, published in LinuxToday.

KDE Magellan mail client. From the KDE Forum: this description of the fancy new mail client for KDE: Magellan. It looks like an advanced application. (Thanks to "Avus").


Mozilla release M10 has been announced. The Mozilla team continues to make progress toward having a fully functional open source browser. A look at the release notes shows quite a few issues yet, but it appears to be getting closer to the point where ordinary people would want to use it.


Version 2.6 of the Ted rich text processor has been released


According to this week's Wine Weekly News things have been pretty quiet in the Wine camp - no CVS commits were made. The newsletter itself mostly looks at Microsoft's problems...that and printers.


A new issue of the Chopping Block, a Worldforge magazine with feature articles and columns, is now on-line. Worldforge is a project that is developing "a complete system for massively multiplayer online roleplaying games."

In this issue, Oliver White takes a look at the application of Artificial Intelligence to Worldforge, a prize tournament concept is discussed as a potential business model and James Turner takes a look at 2D and 3D interoperability, to name a few of the features.


Here is this week's Zope report from Amos Latteier.

Zope and Site Server compared Chris McDonough posted a paper comparing his experiences with Zope and Microsoft Site Server. Zope "wins" on installation and application development, while Site Server wins on out of the box functionality and documentation.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh

October 14, 1999

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More Fortran tools for Linux on the PowerPC platform? Absoft wants to know if people are interested in seeing their toolsets, currently available for Linux on the x86 architecture, made available for LinuxPPC, a distribution which runs on the PowerPC platform. If you would consider buying such a product, please let them know


Linux JVM benchmarks. Raja Vallee-Rai from Sable Research Group posted the results and then some followup clarifications.

TYA news. Albrecht Kleine posted some news about TYA. Apparently efforts are going well to make TYA more available in Europe, a new site in the Czech Republic is on the way and class resolving in TYA1.5 has been modified to be more like pure JVM.

A new TYA mirror in Germany is being provided by Willi Richert. Check his posting for more information.


Taking the open road (Vancouver Sun). The Vancouver Sun writes about Activestate Tool Corp., the company that ported Perl to Windows. "If Linux can go from being an operating system only a techie could love to a computing phenomenon, then Perl -- a scripting language with awesome descriptive abilities -- might become the next open-source breakthrough into public consciousness." (Thanks to Phil Austin).


Perl and Python folks both may want to have a look at What's wrong with Perl by Lars Marius Garshol. It indeed looks at the author's disagreements with Perl, but it also contains a lengthy section about Python as well.

Guido van Rossum interviewed. O'Reilly has an interview with Python creator Guido van Rossum. "Well, Python takes programming seriously. Python takes programming as seriously as C or Java or C++. My own use of Python is as a real programming language and not as a tool to write quick, throwaway scripts. For the most part, anyway."

Dr. Dobbs' Python-URL! for October 11th is available.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh


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