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Samba for HP? CIFS/9000 is a new product from HP that promises "Your Windows/UNIX interoperability problems are virtually solved". The product information page mentions several times that this interoperability is made possible also by Microsoft's Common Internet File System, but fails to mention that the server side of CIFS/9000 is essentially Samba for HP/UX.

Dig into the Questions and Answers section and it confirms that the server side of CIFS/9000 is based on "Open Source Samba" and "HP is committed to submitting CIFS/9000 enhancements back to the Open Source community". Samba team member Jeremy Allison commented that this is the first he has heard of it, but it is, nonetheless, good news. HP's marketing group, on the other hand, needs to learn to give equal credit to the open source developers as they do to Microsoft.

Free at last... sort of (ZDNet). Here's a ZDNet column looking at a piece of code 20 years old. "The program is Kermit, possibly Columbia University's best-known contribution to the computer world. Its latest release, introduced New Year's Day, has a new license that will finally allow Kermit to take its rightful place among the pillars of free software."

Kermit (or C-Kermit, as the early C implementation of Kermit was called) was an early free software success story. However, when the service demands of a large community grew too much, a lightly restrictive license was chosen in order to generate revenue for support costs. That choice moved C-Kermit out of the larger free software community.

The new license may not go far enough. It comments, "The intention is to allow C-Kermit to be distributed with "free" operating systems such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, The Hurd, etc.", but restricts modifications to the code on much the same basis as the controvial Qmail license. As a result, C-Kermit is not likely to meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines anytime soon. Fortunately, they've also introduced the lightweight G-Kermit under the GPL.

Bulletin Boards

The developers of the Citadel/UX open source BBS package have announced the release of version 2.11 of WebCit, the web-based front end to Citadel. WebCit contains its own HTTP engine and is easy to install. This is a maintenance release which works around some of the bugs in Internet Explorer 5. For more information, visit the Citadel/UX web site.


Linux Knowledge Base weekly update. Here is the fourth weekly update from the Linux Knowledge Base project. They are working flat out to be ready for their February 1 launch. It also notes that the First LinuxKB Developers Conference will be held this Sunday, December 16th, in York, Pennsylvania, for any of you that live out that direction and want to stop by.


SEUL/edu Linux in education report. The latest SEUL/edu Linux in education report is available. This week's report focuses in on efforts to support Linux in education in France, including Compil'Edux and Le Projet SLIS (both sites in French, obviously). In addition, work progresses on improving information on Freshmeat, to build a good set of links to existing educational software there and to keep it up-to-date. The report closes with coverage of some additional educational software that is already available and a brief introduction to the OpenClassroom Community.

Linux Professional Institute Weekly News. The January 11th, 2000 edition of the LPI Weekly News reports on the launch of their first exam and their upcoming plans for the LinuxWorld Expo in February. For more information, see the press releasefor their first certification exam.

Certification exam interest is high. We heard from the folks over at LPI that over 300 people signed up for free IDs within the first 48 hours of the announcement of the first exam. They are excited, particularly since other testing projects were launched at the same time and by far the most interest has been shown in the LPI exams. Congratulations, guys!


The Gimp kernel-cousin. The Kernel Cousin gimp-devel is back, after a hiatus for a few months. Alex Harford is the new editor and we are very happy to see him revive this effort. Two new issues, January 1st, 2000 and January 7th, 200, are now available.


GNOME Developers Conference. The first GUADEC ("GNOME Users And Developers European Conference") will be held March 16-18, in Paris, France. Sponsors of the conference include AFUL, ENST Paris, MandrakeSoft, Red Hat, and SuSE. Details may be found on the GUADEC web site.

Gnome Summary, January 3rd-12th. This week's Gnome Summary headlines the announcement of GUADEC, mentioned above. They promise that almost all of the Gnome developers will be present.

In addition, GTK-- has entered feature-freeze, a new site contains an archive of "images to enhance your GNOME desktop" and the first development report on Evolution, the new mail client/calendar application, comes in.


Thoughts on the free software scene. Matthias Ettrich has written this article (in German) for IX magazine on how free software projects function, using the KDE development project as an example. Here is the Babelfish translation of the first half. The KDE team is looking for people willing to translate the article from German to English and French.


Mozilla Developer Status. This week's Mozilla Status Report mentions progress on the HP/AIX port and in the Mail/News area.

Mike Shaver leaves Netscape but not the Mozilla project, though he'll no longer be working on it full-time. Mike has been an instrumental "mover and shaker" in the process up until this point. Read more over at Mozilla.org. "Though Mozilla will no longer be my full-time job, I will continue to participate in the community as much as possible, and my new employer is very supportive of that. "


Wine 20000109. That looks a bit peculiar, doesn't it? Nonetheless, the latest development snapshot is out, dubbed "2k0109" by those that don't like pronouncing zeros.

Developer discussions this week, chronicled in the Wine Weekly News, focused on better support for Cyrillic fonts, the Odin project's possible license changes (Odin is a project working provide on OS/2 an execution environment for Windows applications), and improvements to Wine's loader.


XFree86-3.3.6 has been released. This is a new full release, with support for ATI Rage128 and ATI Rage Mobility, SiS 540/630 and SiS 300, Silicon Motion Lynx chipsets, Savage2000, NVIDIA GeForce and Intel i810 (with some caveats). Expect to see the new release quickly bundled into upcoming distributions to provide better stability and hardware support. Check the XFree86 homepage or the XFree86-3.3.6 documentation and release notes for more details.


Zope Weekly News. This week's edition announces the release of version 0.05 of the Oedipus package, an updated review of Zope by Linux Planet and several new products and updates.

Zope at the Linux World Expo. Hadar Pedhazur forwarded an announcement to us of their plans for the Linux World Expo, coming up in two weeks in New York City. They are pleased to announce that they will be joining Tucows.com, Inc. in their booth. "Tucows.com wants to showcase innovative businesses and business models in the Linux world and provide an opportunity for greater communication between Linux developers and users. Digital Creations is honored to have been selected. Come to NYC and participate with us in our post Python Conference coming out party!

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh

January 13, 2000

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The Blackdown Team FAQ updated. An updated version of the "java-linux@java.blackdown.org FAQ" has been made available.

JLinux.org. JLinux.org is a new site, put together by Christopher Smith, to collect various bits of info about running Java on Linux.

Java Programming on Linux!, a new book out by Nathan Meyers, received an unsolicited plug from Weiqi Gao. "Browsed through it and found it packed with information that a Java-Linux developer would want/need/find indespensable. Not a textbook/tutorial. Lots of hints, tools, de-hype-ifications, whys, and coverage. The spirit of Linux shines through throughout."


PerlMonth issue 8 is out. Issue #8 of PerlMonth has been released. Articles include an overview of Perl documentation, mod_perl coding, and six others.

The P5P Disgest, which closely tracked the Perl 5.X development process, appears to have gone on hiatus, with no new digests since early December.


This week's Python-URL. Here is this week's Dr. Dobb's Python-URL, by Fredrik Lundh. Activity was light this month, but links include a pointer to the Software Development 2000 conference coming up in March, a new Python-based application installer, a job for Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and several more technical discussions.


Dr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL! for January 10th reminds people of the upcoming Usenix Tcl conference in February, encourages people to bring a poster of their work and makes a call for paper for the Tcl/Tk track at this summer's O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh


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