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"Understanding UNIX", by Stan Kelly-Bootle, was reviewed this week by Rob Slade. If you are looking for basic introductions to Unix commands, etc., for friends that are just moving over to Linux, check out this one. A couple of pointers to similar books are also included.

A new version of the Samba Step by Step Guide is available.


The Linux Expo folks have put out a press release with some of the latest conference news. Highlights: they have added an Extreme Linux track, and Bob Young will be the keynote speaker.

Well, another "Linux Expo" has been announced. This one, though, is being held next November in London. It would be nice if they had picked a different name...

LinuxWorld has put up a page which contains, among other things, writeups from "over 35" of the sessions from the LinuxWorld Conference.

More LinuxWorld reports: Marc Merlin has put together an extensive set of pages with detailed reports and pictures (350!) from the conference.

Here's a press release put out by O'Reilly about the "Open Source Summit" that was held the day after the LinuxWorld conference. Not much in the way of specifics, but at least you can see who was there. "Long the favorite software development model of the programming elite, Open Source(TM) is now a credible technology option for any business."

User Group News

L/UUG of VT's Spring '99 InstallFest is coming up. This is a very well organized, carefully planned event during which installations of Debian, Red Hat, Slackware and also FreeBSD can be performed. Pre-registration is mandatory. They gather information on the pre-registrants hardware and software in order to better plan the installations. Only a limited number of installations can be performed, so sign up early to assure your place. For lots of additional information, check out their announcement.

The Pikes Peak Linux User's Group, also known as PPLUG, has formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their web-site provides information on getting signed up for their mailing list and a location to watch for information on upcoming events.

The Malaysian Linux Festival, held March 12th was apparently a terrific success. A write-up of the event from Hasbullah Pit was translated by Beh H L into English and made available.

March 18, 1999



Software Announcements

Package Version Description
AbiWord 0.5.1 Fully featured word processor
AdRotate 1.0 Banner Ad Rotation Program
afbackup 3.1.4 Client-server backup system
AfterStep 1.7.75 Window manager for the X/Windows environment with NeXT look and feel
AfterStep Clock themes-enabled version of the classic clock
AGI Utilities 1.0 Utilities to extract data from Sierra On-Line AGI games
Applix SHELF 1.1 An embedable fully featured programming language for Linux
asmem 1.1 Memory utilization monitor for X.
asp2php 0.66 Converts Active Server Pages (ASP) to PHP3 scripts
Bandmin 0.44 Bandmin is a package that monitors and logs ip accounting data
bgcheck 0.2 A process monitor used to limit the amount of background processes
Big Brother 1.09c Highly efficient network monitor
Bind 8.2 Berkeley Internet Name Domain
Blender 1.58 Extremely fast and versatile 3D Rendering Package
bmsync 0.1.0 Read and write bookmarks of various web browsers
BNC 2.4.8 IRC proxy server
BookStore 1.1 Remote bookmark management via web on a UNIX server.
Cajun 3.0a2 Car Audio Jukebox mp3 player for your car/home
Catalog 0.4 Build, maintain and display Yahoo! like resources catalogs.
ccd 0.01 cd player designed for use on linux systems.
ccp 1.0 copy files recoding each byte into 1 or several (incl. 0) bytes
Cheops 0.60pre1 Network User Interface
Chinese Lyx Patch for lyx-1.0.1 patch to make lyx a Chinese writing tool.
coda 5.2.0 Full featured network filesystem
Colortail 0.2 Colorized tail.
Compaq Smart-2 Driver 0.9.9 Linux Driver for Compaq Smart-2 PCI Disk Array Controllers
Cooledit 3.9.0 Full featured text editor for the X Window System
Crafty 16.6 Computer Chess engine
CSSC 0.09alpha.pl3 SCCS clone
curl 5.6beta Tiny command line client for getting data from a URL
Dante 0.92.0-pre2 Free socks v4/5 implementation
DDD 3.1.4 Common graphical user interface for GDB, DBX and XDB
dfm 0.99.0 Filemanager like OS/2 WPS
DND 0.2 GUI of Molecular Dynamics
Doc++ 3.3.10 Powerful Javadoc like C++ documentation creation tool.
ECLiPt-Mirror 2.1-pre7 Full-featured mirroring script
egcs 1.1.2 Experimental set of enhancements for the GNU tools
Enlightenment 0.15.3 Fast, flexible and very extensible Window Manager
Etherboot 4.1pre8 Source code for making TCP/IP boot ROMs to boot Linux and other OSes
ex11 0.11 Erlang-X11 binding
Exult 0.06 Ultima 7 world viewer
fbgetty 0.0.6 An extended mingetty for Linux
Flashback 0.6-alpha Flashback is an mp3 visualization program.
FLTK 1.0 C++ user interface toolkit for X and OpenGL
freezetag 0.9.0 Program for Editing of id3 Tags of mp3 files
freshmeat.pl 0.1b CGI / Perl script to fetch 10 newest Freshmeat news.
fvwm_menu_conv 1.1 Perl scripts that convert fvwm2 menus into icewm or blackbox
Gaby 1.0.5 An address book written in GTK
gaim 19990311 GTK based AOL Instant Messenger
GeoStats 1.0.0 IRC Statistical Services
Get Slashdot News .20 Grabs the Slashdot headlines. Great for putting into pages etc.
GHX 2.65 GTK clone of the Hotline software
gifc 2.6 The GIF compiler
GILT 0.0.2 Vector drawing program based on openGL and gtk
Giram 0.0.10 Giram is a modeller, written in GTK+
GKill 1.2 GTK-GUI to send signals to processes.
Glide Rasterization Library (SDK) for Linux 2.x nerijus
Glide Voodoo Graphics drivers 2.46 nerijus
Glide Voodoo Rush Drivers 2.46 nerijus
Glide Voodoo2 drivers 2.53 Linux port of the Glide rasterization library
gltt 2.4 Allows you to read and draw TrueType fonts in any OpenGL application
GNOME 1.0.3 GNU Network Object Model Environment
Gnome Apt Frontend 0.3.1 Gnome frontend to the amazing Debian package tool
gnome-python 1.0.1 Python interfaces to gnome-libs
GnomeHack 1.0.1 Nethack for Gnome
gnotepad+ 1.1.2 An easy-to-use, yet fairly feature-rich, simple text editor
GNU Oleo 1.6.16 Free spreadsheet application
gnu.regexp 1.0.7 GNU regular expression package for Java
GnuDIP 2.0.6 Dynamic DNS package. Includes everything to run your own ml.org equivalent.
Gpasman 1.1.0 Keeps track of all your passwords in a secure way
gpppkill 0.9.14 Ends idle ppp connections
GREED .11 A utility that can get and resume files from a web site.
greyboard 0.7 shared blackboare written in tcl
grpn 1.0.4 An RPN calculator for the X Window system
grunch 1.1 Merge partial scans into a larger image
GtKali 0.1.12 Gtk+ interface to Kali.
gtkgo 0.0.7 Go game for Linux and Windows
GtkSheet 7.0 A matrix/grid widget for Gtk+
gTune 0.10 a nice Instrument Tuner for GNOME
guiTAR 0.1.4 A tar frontend for Gtk+
Gwydion Dylan MySQL interface 0.1 An interface to the mySQL RDMBS for Gwydion Dylan
GXanim 0.01 GTK+ front end for Xanim movie player
gxTar 0.1.0 Gnome/GTK+ front-end to tar/gzip/zip
Hatman 0.5.0 a high-res pacman clone
Hitchhiker 1.1 beta 3 An astronomy program which shows the planets and their orbits
Hopkins FBI for Linux 1.1 Adventure game
hotmole 0.62 Bash script to download and forward a user's Hotmail email as a batch job
HSX 99/03/15 Hotline Server clone for Unix
HTML PLAIN 1.0beta1 A revolutionary HTML precompiler
httptunnel 1.100 Creates a two-way data tunnel through an HTTP proxy
Hypermail 2 alpha 16 Mail(box) to HTML converter with threads and MIME support.
icecast 1.1.3 MP3 Audio Broadcasting System
icewm 0.9.34 Window Manager designed for speed, usability and consistency
ICI 2.1.1 A dynamic, interpretive language with C-like syntax
IDEntify 0.3.44 Extensible Integrated Development Environment
interstar 0.81 browser based / javascript game
IPAD 0.8.00 Intelligent vector drawing package
iplog 1.6 tcp, udp, and icmp logging utilities for Linux.
ircbase (the labrador project) 0.7.1 Advanced scriptable detachable GUI-controllable irc client
irssi 0.7.5 GTK+ based IRC client with GNOME panel support
ISC DHCP 3.0-alpha-19990315 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Client and Server implementation
isinglass-hzd 1.14 Firewall script designed to protect dial-up users
Jacl 1.1 Tcl shell implemented in Java, a perfect way to add scripting to a Java app.
jahtml 0.8 Module to handle HTML and CGI output
Japhar 0.08 The Hungry Programmer's version of the Java Virtual Machine
JavaJoystick 0.1.1 Java class wrapper for the Linux Joystick Driver, version 1.2.x and above.
jEdit 1.5pre1 Powerful text editor
Jetty 2.1.2 HTTP/1.1 Servlet server written in Java
KBootSelector 0.2 KDE Boot option selector
kcmbind 0.5.0 A KDE front-end to configure bind
kdiff 0.83 A KDE frontend to diff, a utility to make patches.
Keasycd 0.18 CD recording frontend for cdrecord, cdda2wav, cdparanoia and mkisofs.
Kevlar FTP 0.4.0 Gnome-based FTP client similar to Bulletproof FTP
KFTE 6.1 KDE port of the FTE text editor
Kget 0.6.1 KDE app to get files from the internet
KHotKeys 0.2 This application lets you assign commands to different hotkey combinations.
KKinit 0.3 Kerberos ticket manager for KDE
kmuser 0.9.0 User-Administration-Tool for the KDE-Desktop
KPackage 1.1.3 GUI interface to the RPM and the Debianpackage manager
ktop 1.0.0p1 KTop: The KDE Task Manager
KVoiceControl 0.16 Speech recognition system for the KDE Desktop
kwintv 0.6.14 Watch TV in a window on your PC screen
Leafnode 1.9.2 NNTP server for small leaf sites
Lesstif 0.88.0 LGPL'd re-implementation of Motif
libmmoss 1.3 Provides Java sound in Linux version of Netscape Communicator
libsndfile 0.0.9 A library for reading and writing sound files.
Libtool 1.2f GNU libtool is a generic library support script
Linbot 1.0 Professional Site Management Tool for webmasters
LinPopup 0.9.9 Linux port of Winpopup, running over Samba.
Linuxconf 1.14r1 Sophisticated administrative tool
Listar 0.121a Modular Mailing list management software
maildrop 0.63 maildrop mail filter/mail delivery agent
MajorAdmin 1.2 Majordomo mailing list administration tool.
mathplot 0.6 interactive function grapher
mcl 0.51.01 MUD client for Linux
mcrypt 2.1.14 A replacement for the old unix crypt(1). Uses several block algorithms.
MeatGrinder 1.2 Java based binary newsgroup reader.
Mercury 0.8.1 A new logic/functional programming language
mg^2 0.1.9 3D modeller for X11 using Gtk, Glib, Imlib, Gtk glarea, andMesa/OpenGL
Midnight Commander 4.5.25 Unix file manager and shell
Minimalist 1.3.2 Minimalist Mailing List Manager
MM 1.0b1 Shared Memory Library
Mobitex Radio Modem Driver 1.7 Network driver for Ericsson Mobidems and other MASC-speaking modems
Mod_Corba 0.1 Exposes the Apache API via CORBA
mp3blaster 2.0b5 Provides interactive playing of mp3 files on a text console
mrtg 2.7.0 Multi Router Traffic Grapher
MUGU 0.2.0a A graphical multi-player game system written in Java
MyAdmin 0.3 Fully administer a mysql database from the web
nettest 1.0 Notifies you if your network connection goes down audibly or through email
Nightfall 0.10 Eclipsing binary star program
OmniORB2 2.7.1 A robust, high-performance CORBA 2 ORB
opensched 0.0.3 A project scheduling system for Unix systems, with LaTeX and EPS output.
percy Percy, the talking penguin
Personal Webspace beta1 A set of scripts that allows users to maintain their web pages using a browser.
pg2xbase 0.9.1 Converter from/to DBF file to/from Postgres database table
phpMyAdmin 1.4.2 Handles the basic adminstration of MySQL over the WWW
pk 0.8.8 pk is an Open-Source POSIX Threads embedded real-time kernel
pkgview 0.3 X based RPM package viewer
pppcosts 0.06 A small utility that calculates and displays online cost and time
procps 1.2.10 A package of utilities which report on the state of the system
ProFTPD 1.2.0pre3 Advanced, incrediblyconfigurable and secure FTP daemon
PTax98 3.12.99 Computes most of the 1998 Federal 1040EZ.
Pygmy Linux 0.5 UMSDOS based, internet ready minilinux.
PyGTK 0.5.12 A set of bindings for the GTK widget set
Pyrite 0.6.1 Palm Computing platform communication kit for Python
PySol 2.10 A Python-based Solitaire card game
Q2Java 0.9.0 Allows Quake2 games to be written in Java
QDD 0.1 A C++ Quantum Computer Emulation Library
Qt 1.44 GUI software toolkit
readiso 0.0.0 Read and compare images of ISO9660 file systems.
rhlupdate 0.41 Connects to a FTP server with RHL on it, checks for updates, and installs them.
rlinetd 0.2 inetd replacement on acid
rmd160 1.2.0 RIPEMD-160 digest hashing library for C
SampLin 1.3.1 Scientific Data Acquisition, Visualization and Process Controlsoftware
Scene 0.1.1 Inventor and VRML toolkit.
Scitech Display Doctor 1.0 beta4 Universal VESA driver and utilities
SIDPLAY 1.36.34 C64 music player and SID sound chip emulator
sitecopy 0.4.8 Maintain remote copies of locally stored web sites
SkyeMail 0.01 Java based email client
SLinux 1.0.0 Security enhancement suite for RedHat
slp 0.1.0 A syslog parser and formatter script in perl
Small Linux 0.7.0 Three diskette distribution that uses less than 4 megs of RAM
Split2000 1.0.0 Lossless audio compressor
sqlbind8 0.3.0 SQL backend to Bind 8
stamp 2.0.8 Adds a graphical timestamp to a jpeg image
start 0.8 General purpose home page for an intranet
Sula Primerix 0.07.5 Extensible multi-server IRC Client for X
super 3.12.1 Program to allow general users to do superuser things
Swift Generator 0.5.1 Dynamic Flash content generator.
Tcl Blend 1.2.1 Tcl Blend is a Tcl extension that provides access to Java inside Tcl.
TCL Developer Studio 0.23 (1.0pre1) small
Ted 2.3 Ted, an easy rich text processor for Linux.
tgif 4.1.2 Vector-based draw tool
TkMAME 0.35-pre6 Tcl/Tk Front End for XMAME
UCD-SNMP 3.6.1 Various tools relating to the Simple Network Managemnet Protocol
UDF 0.8 UDF filesystem kernel module
UMENU 0.5.0 Console menu command interface
UserIPAcct 0.8.0 Per User IP Accounting for the Linux Kernel
Vim 5.4f Popular vi clone that features syntax highlighting and an X11 interface
ViPEC 1.06 Network analyzer for high frequency electrical networks
VMWare 0.10 Allows you to run multiple OS's at the same time (ie: windoze in linux)
Voodoo Tracker 0.2.0 GNOME based tracker
vpnd 1.0.0 Virtual Private Network Daemon - encrypted TCP/IP.
Web-bench 1.0 Simple web server benchark.
WindowMaker 0.51.2 Window Maker is an X11 window manager
Wine 990314 Emulator of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs.
WiredX 0.8.52 pure Java X Window System server
wmakerconf 1.8 GTK based configuration tool for WindowMaker window manager
wmphoto 0.2 Put your favorites pictures on your desktop
wmtv 0.6.1b WindowMaker TV dock.app
WRMF 1.0 WhiteBarn Reliable Multicast Framework
www_proxy 0.0.2 HTTP proxy with the capability of modifying User-Agent value
WXftp 0.4.4 FTP client for X with nice and intuitive GTK+ and Motif GUI
wxPython 2.0b7 Python extension module for wxWindows
X-Chat 0.9.3 GTK+ Based IRC Client. Alot like AmIRC (Amiga).
X-Mame 0.35b6.1 The Unix version of the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
xanim 2.80.0 Video Animation Playback for X11
xcallerid 2.1.11 callerID program that pops up incomingphone numbers in an X-window
XFCE 2.4.0b Easy-to-use and easy-to-configure environment for X11
xfreecell 1.0.4 Another implementation of famous solitaire game
xhippo 0.7 Gtk-based playlist manager for various UNIX sound players
xroottext 0.8 Render stdin onto the root window with line wrap and scrolling
XScreenSaver 3.08 Modular screen saver and locker for the X WindowSystem
XSIDPLAY 1.3.5 C64 music player and SID sound chip emulator
xterm Patch #93 A terminal emulator for the X Window System
xtermset 0.3 Changes xterm title, font, colors and size from the command line
ya-wipe 0.58.2 Secure file wiper
YAX YUGO System 0.1.0 A basic implementation of the YAX Graphic System

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