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The March 1999 issue of PC Plus magazine, a UK-based production, will include a cover CD with over 400MB of Linux software, including Corel's WordPerfect 8 for Linux Personal Edition. Check this announcement from Dave Taylor for a lot more details.

Since we haven't run this for a while: here's the list of Italian Linux mailing lists.

A German-speaking Linux announcements list has been set up, see the announcement for more information and signup instructions.

The Slashdot effect documented. Stephen Adler has put up an article about said effect, complete with graphs of web server traffic.

LinuxCare, a Linux support provider, has announced the contest winner and runner-ups for their first "Cool Linux Story" Contest. "Herbert the Secret Linux Server" is highly enjoyable and the runners-up shouldn't be missed either.


Open Source 99 will be held in London on May 11, 1999. From this note sent to us by Eddie Bleasdale, it seems that the conference will also be repeated on September 23rd, 1999 and January 26th, 2000.

Web sites

Control-Escape is a new "alternative software journal" aimed at novice Linux users.

User Group News

Jim Gleason reports that the New York Linux Users Group is alive and well, meeting every third Wednesday of the month. This contradicts reports previously posted to comp.os.linux.announce that the NYLUG had merged with another group.

The UCLA LUG is holding an installfest on February 7, folks in Los Angeles are invited to participate. See The UCLA LUG page for more information.

An unfortunate altercation developed over the past week between the Silicon Valley Linux User Group and the Skane Sjaelland Linux User Groupover the issue of which group was the "Largest Linux User Group". Fortunately, both sides have worked to try and resolve the issue and have changed their claims to be "One of the Largest Linux User Groups", an excellent wording, since either could be considered larger depending on what metric is used. With the advent of additional large groups in Japan and Texas, the title was bound to be in further debate, if it was not set to rest. Hopefully now that the parties involved have had a chance to air their opinions, apologies, etc., the rest of the community will also allow the issue to stay settled.

If you insist on more information, this link goes to a summary on the SVLUG page, which has links to some of the editorials that started the altercation.

February 4, 1999



Software Announcements

Package Version Description
acmemail 1.9 acmemail is a single-user POP3 to Web gateway with full MIME support
argtable 1.1 C/C++ programmer's library for processing command line arguments.
arla 0.21 Free AFS client for Linux/*BSD
Arrow 1.0 An elegant, powerful, graphical interface to electronic mail
Artistic Style 1.7.2 Indentation and reformatting filters for C, C++, Java
asp2php 0.61 Converts Active Server Pages (ASP) to PHP3 scripts
astime 1.7 Analogue clock for X windows
AtDot 2.0pre1 Web based e-mail system
aumix 1.15 Color text mode sound mixer with GPM support
AutoLink 2.11.1 Provides functions to the user for transfering dynamic MPI
AutoMap 2.11.1 Create Message Passing Interface (MPI) data-types out of user data-types
BBBS 3.42 1s Full-featured BBS software with full FidoNet and InterNet support.
Big Brother 1.09a Highly efficient network monitor
BigBrother Stats 0.16 Counter for websites that produces some statistics based on the info gathered
BSB-Monitor 1.0 Simple, but powerfull network monitor
BTERM 3.42 1s BTERM is a small VT320 terminal emulator.
BurnIT 1.5pre3 Java front-end to cdrecord and mkisofs
calltree 2.0 calltree - static call tree generator for C programs
Catalog 0.1 Build, maintain and display Yahoo! like resources catalogs.
cdda2wav 1.0 A CD ripping application
cdrecord 1.8a16 Allows the creation of both audio and data CDs
Citadel/UX BBS Software 5.52 Advanced client/server BBS program
class.Htgroup.php3 0.4 A PHP class to manage Apache style group files.
class.Htpasswd.php3 0.9 A PHP class for maintaining Apache style htpasswd files.
Code Crusader 1.2.0 complete code development environment, inspired by MetroWerks CodeWarrior
ConferenceRoom 1.6.4 IRC server with web integration tools
Cook 2.8 A tool for constructing files, and maintainingreferential integrity between fil
Countdown 1.6 Perl script that counts down to specified events.
cqcam 0.90 pre-release 7 A free Color QuickCam (PC/Parallel) control program for various PC Unixes
Curses::Widgets v.06 Widgets for Curses and Perl
Cyclone 0.03p3 Internet Relay Chat Daemon used by SlashNET
Dave Gnukem 0.42 GGI-based 2D scrolling platform game, similar to Duke Nukem 1
Delay 1.1 Delay is like sleep, but with a count of time left.
DLDialog 0.13 Displays dialog boxes in terminal and X11 mode to interact with scripts
Doc++ 3.3.8 Powerful Javadoc like C++ documentation creation tool.
DrumPatterns 0.5 Free, open source, web oriented drum patterns generator
dvorak7min 1.1 ncurses-based typing tutor for the Dvorak layout
eMusic 0.8 CD, mp3, mod and wav player for Linux
EPIC 4pre2.001-NR13 ANSI capable textmode IRC Client
epsmerge 1.2.2 A Perl program for handling encapsulated postscript images
esh 0.3.5 New Unix shell
Etherboot 4.1pre7 Source code for making TCP/IP boot ROMs to boot Linux and other OSes
FakeBO 0.3.1 Fakes trojan server responses and logs incoming requests
Festival 1.3.1 General multi-lingual speech synthesis system
Fetchmail 4.7.7 Free, full-featured, robust, well-documented remote-mailretrieval utility
flwm 0.14 The Fast Light Window Manager
FreeWorld BBS 0.2.0 BBS Software for Linux
FSViewer 0.1.0 File Viewer lookalike for Window Maker.
ftpted 4.0 Easy to use Text Editor (small but powefull)
g2 0.40 Easy to use, portable and powerful 2D graphics library
Galway Html Editor Guile-gtk HTML Editor
Ganymede 0.96 GPL'ed Network Directory Management System
gentoo 0.9.23 Two-pane filemanager using GTK+, 100% GUI configurable
gFTP 1.1 A multithreaded ftp client for X Windows
GGUI 0.3.0 An easy multi-purpose, multi-program GUI.
GHX 2.30 (99/01/28) GTK clone of the Hotline software
gIDE 0.0.15 Gtk-based Integrated Development Environment for C
GIMP Imagemap plug-in 0.3 GIMP plug-in for creation of clickable imagemaps.
Giram 0.0.4 Giram is a modeller, written in GTK+
GLib 1.1.14 The GLib library of C routines
gMOO 0.2.6 GTK+ based MOO (and MUD) client
GNAT 3.11p
GNOME 0.99.5 GNU Network Object Model Environment
Gnome Apt Frontend 0.3 Gnome frontend to the amazing Debian package tool
Gnome Display Manager 0.7.1 Gnome version of the X Display Manager (xdm)
GnuDIP 2.0.1 Dynamic DNS package. Includes everything to run your own ml.org equivalent.
Gnumeric 0.8 Spreadsheet, a new foundation for spreadsheet development, part of GNOME
GPL Argument Analyser 1.4.5 Utility to manage the arguments of your programs
GQ 0.1.7 LDAP client
GQmpeg 0.4.6 A front end to the mpg123 mpeg audio player
Grip 1.0 A gtk-based frontend for CD-rippers
GTK+ 1.1.14 Library for creating graphicaluser interfaces
GtKali 0.1.8 Gtk+ interface to Kali.
gtkgo 0.0.5 Go game for Linux and Windows
gtKuickres 1.0 A wharf dockable, quick, point and click way to change video modes.
GTKWave 1.0.14 Wave viewer for Verilog simulation
GTKYahoo 0.5 GTK based Yahoo! Pager client
Gwget 0.3 gwget is a Gtk+ front-end for the wget program.
gxTar 0.0.6 Gnome/GTK+ front-end to tar/gzip/zip
Heretic for Linux 0.9.3 Port of Heretic to Linux
HSX 99/01/30 Hotline Server clone for Unix
hunt 1.1 Tool for exploiting well-known weaknesses in the TCP/IP protocol suite
icecast 0.9.0 MP3 Audio Broadcasting System
icewm 0.9.32 Window Manager designed for speed, usability and consistency
Install-Sendmail 2.0b install-sendmail will configure sendmail and fetchmail for you.
ircII 4.4B
Japhar 0.07 The Hungry Programmer's version of the Java Virtual Machine
JDHCP 1.0.1 API for writing Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) applications in Java
jEdit 1.4pre1 Powerful text editor
Jigsaw 2.0.1 W3C's leading-edge Web server platform
JX 1.1.19 C++ application framework and GUI widget library for X
Kalendar 0.5b simple, easy to use calendar and to-do list manager
Kkb 0.2 Xkb layout and group changer and indicator
Korfe 0.2.8 Fast GUI Builder for Java that supports Swing as well as custom components
KRunning 0.0.15a A database manager for your private running events
KSI Linux 2.0 New major release of KSI Linux distribution from Ukraine
KSniffer 0.1.3 KDE Network Sniffer/Monitor and Stats Collector
ku 1.1p2-2 Autmp based shell admin utility for maintaining shell logins
LAPACK-D 0.8 Dynamically loadable version of LAPACK libraries
Linux PnP driver 990130 Plug and Play driver for Linux
Linux Virtual Server 0.6 Linux Load Balancing and NAT
Listar 0.116a Mailing list managementsoftware
lizcam 1.2 Easy-to-use webcam program with automatic archiving of pictures.
lsb-fhs 0.55 test suite for filesystem hierarchy aspects of the Linux Standard Base
lsof 4.39 List open files
Lynx 2.8.2dev15 fully-featured, text-based World Wide Web browser
LyX 1.0.0 Advanced LaTeX-based typesetting and text-editing program for X11
MAGE Adventure Game Engine 0.1.1 Framework for playing and (in the future) authoring text-based adventure games.
MAM/VRS 2.1.3 MAM/VRS is an extensible graphics and visualization library
mars_nwe 0.99.pl14 Martin Stovers Netware Emulator
mcrypt 2.1.5 A replacement for the old unix crypt(1). Uses several block algorithms.
mdate 0.5.1 A freely-available mayan date program
metachk 2.1 analyse the safety of your Solaris RAID
Midnight Commander 4.5.10 Unix file manager and shell
MindTerm 0.98 SSH-client in pure Java, includes stand-alone ssh- and terminal(vt100)-packages
minicom 1.82.1 Serial communication program
Minimalist 1.1 Minimalist Mailing List Manager
minordomo 0.6 A minimalistic mailing list manager
mod_dav 0.9.6-1.3.4 DAV protocol extensions for Apache
mod_dtcl 0.4.1 Apache server-parsed Tcl module, inspired by PHP
moodss 6.3 Modular Object Oriented Dynamic SpreadSheet
Mozart (Oz) 1.0.0 Development platform for constraint and distributed applications
Mozart (Oz3) 1.0.0 A distributed, functional, object-oriented concurrent constraint language.
mpg123 0.59q Real time MPEG Audio Player for Layer 1,2 and Layer3
mtv A realtime MPEG Video+Audio player
mtvp-sdk Powerful Software Development Kit for real-time MPEG-1 Video
MySQL 3.22.15 SQL (Structured Query Language) database server
Naken Chat 0.89 Chat Server ported from Javachat
Ncurses Hexedit 0.9.1 Ncurses file hex editor - edit/insert/delete/search
NDir 0.7.1 Console tool to display directory's contents
Nessus 990201 A free, open-sourced and easy-to-use security auditing tool
oidentd 1.6.0 ident (rfc1413) daemon for linux that allows users to specify usernames
OpenLDAP 1.1.4 LDAP suite of applications and development tools
PalmPilotPlug 0.9c Download/Install PalmPilot programs from a website
pavuk 0.9pl5 Webgrabber with an optional Xt or GTK GUI
PCI Utilities 1.99.4 Utilities for diagnostics and cofiguration of PCI devices
Poor Man's Cam 1.0 PMCam allows you to set up a web cam on a remote site.
Postilion 0.9.0 A mail user agent based upon the popular TkRat program
psntools 2.3 Administrative tools for large numbers of accounts
Pyrite 0.6.0 PalmPilot interface library for Python
QtBuddies 0.01 Official Client for the NetBuddies Instant Messaging Protocol
QtVu 0.3.18 An image viewer heavily inspired by ACDSee
rc.virt 2.40 perl script to automate adding ips for ip aliasing
remindo 1.2 Useful utility to warn of important dates and events.
Rio&Mpman4Linux 1.05 (Rio) Upload tools for MpMan portable MP3 players
Ripenc 0.5 Bourne shell script frontend to Cdparanoia, and Bladeenc.
RPGBoard 1.52 RPGBoard is a highly-modified form of WWWBoard.
rscript 1.0 Remotely executes a list of commands as root or user, can email a confirmation.
rt-utils 1.1.3 a collection of tools related to realtime scheduling
rxvt 2.6.PRE2 A VT102 emulator for the X window system
Saint SAINT Released (ver 1.3.6) Security Administrator's Integrated Network Tool
Sced 1.02 modelling program that makes use of geometric constraints
SCWM 0.9 Scheme Configurable Window Manager
Simple File Manager 1.6 Fast small shortcut-driven Gtk-based file manager
sitecopy 0.4.0 Maintain remote copies of locally stored web sites
slap 2.2.3 SmartLabel printing for UNIX
Slurpie 2.0b Distributed passwd cracker
SMS Client 2.0.7s-3 Command line based utility which allows you to send SMS messages
Squid 2.2PRE1 High performance Web proxy cache
stamp 1.0 Adds a graphical timestamp to a jpeg image
suck 3.10.4 Grabs news from a remote NNTP news server
SyncBuilder 19990202 Build synchronization applications with a Palm device in Java
sysklogd 1.3-31 System log daemons
TeamWave Workplace 4.1 Shared Internet places for any-time collaboration
tgif 4.0.11 Vector-based draw tool
The Ace of Penguins 1.1 X11 solitaire card games
The Global File System 19990125 A Shared Disk File System for Linux
Thumb 0.5 Configurable image directory thumbnail viewer
TiMidity++ 1.3.0 Experimental MIDI to WAVE converter
TkWho 0.7 Visual frontend to the Unix who command
tk_Brief 2.0 GUI for writing letters with LaTeX
TOAD 0.42.12 A Simple and Powerful C++ GUI Toolkit for X-Windows.
Traveller's Linux 1.1.7 Minimal floppy Linux distribution
unalog 0.1 A lightweight, universal logging model for human-machine events.
Universe 0.10 Space Strategy game
Unix Desktop Environment 0.1.7-BETA A new GUI for Unix with a completely new look'n'feel
VFU File Manager 1.42 Extensivelyl featured console (text-mode) file manager.
ViPEC 1.03 Network analyzer for high frequency electrical networks
VM 6.65 Emacs-based mail reader
WeT Perls 0.5 A set of Perl scripts to allow Web Themeing.
whichman 1.5 whichman, ftff and ftwhich are fault tolerant search utilities.
Window Maker 0.51.0 X11 window manager with NEXTSTEP look and feel
WMCpu 1.2 CPU/System stats monitor
WMixer 1.5 Neat ALSA Mixer for Window Maker with a digital on-screen display
WWWThreads 3.19990201 WWW based discussion forums
wxPython 0.5.4 Python extension module for wxWindows
X-Chat 0.5.2 GTK+ Based IRC Client. Alot like AmIRC (Amiga).
X-Mame 0.35b2.1 The Unix version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
XAmixer 0.2.3 An ALSA based mixer program written with GTK+
xcallerid 2.1.2 callerID program that pops up incomingphone numbers in an X-window
Xclasses 0.40.2 pre 2 C++ layout library for the X Window System
xhippo 0.4 Gtk-based playlist manager for various UNIX sound players
Xosview 1.7.0
xtet42 2.20 Two-player tetris with a twist
Xtraceroute 0.8.13 OpenGL traceroute
Xwhois 0.3.0 Small and fast GTK+ X11 client for the internet whois network services.
Zircon 1.18.210 An IRC client written in tcl/tk

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