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Development tools

Compaq has announced a public beta test of its C (and Fortran) compilers for Linux Alpha systems. The license is somewhat restrictive (this is not free software), but people who have been in need of better compiler performance on Alpha systems may wish to have a look.


The JDK 1.2 Known Bugs Page has been updated. Due to their habit of not dating changes to the page, we can't easily report to you what's new on the page, but if you're having problems with the JDK 1.2, you should check the page again.

An interview with James Gosling, the "father of the Java programming language", according to the article, contains some interesting comments. On the question of whether Sun will ever make the Java code open source, he says, "It's unlikely that we will go totally open source in the way some people use that phrase. We're pretty close to it. The main issue for us is that one of the real strengths of Java is that it's a very strong cross-platform. We try to make it as free as possible but still enforce interoperability.

On the other hand, when the question of Java on Linux came up, he pointed the finger back at the Linux community for the problem. "he inter-operability problems with Linux are just horrible. You have to be excruciatingly careful because all the different flavours of Linux are all slightly different."

When these comments were mentioned on the java-linux mailing list, the reaction was mostly puzzlement. To the best of the knowledge available, the problems with the current Java port have nothing to do with differences between Linux distributions. Cees de Groot commented in this posting, "Well, he's right that it is horrible, but not right about the reason. The port is hard because of differences between Solaris and Linux (threads, signals, X11, SMP, stuff like that - it's a horrible mix). The differences between Linux glibc releases are there, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.1.2(?) are binary incompatible, but as far as I can tell these differences are actually due to support for the stuff that the JVM needs getting better."


LinuxWorld tells us about what's new in Perl 5.6. "One of the neatest (and, at least at my job, one of the most talked-about) features in Perl 5.6 is the ability to find nested parenthetical-style expressions recursively."


Here's this week's Python-URL by David Ascher, full, as usual, of lots of good Python stuff. Note that it seems to be expanding a bit from its normal coverage of the python mailing lists and newsgroups to included pointers to other Python-related news out in the world.


This week's Tcl-URL! has a pointer to some ideas about what Tcl 9.0 should be.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh

September 16, 1999



Development projects

If you are interested in CADD programs under Linux and you're familiar with the CADD platform from Bentley, you might want to take a look at this announcement of support for the Academic version of the Bentley platform, including AccuDraw, SmartLine, MicroStation BASIC, plotting resymbolization, and even MDL, digitizer and OpenGL support. It seems a lot of students have been asking for it. In addition, if they believed there would be sufficient numbers of commercial purchasers interested in the full commercial products, a port of those might be forthcoming as well (Thanks to Lee Guigar).

Both the GNOME and KDE weekly reports are on hold for the next week, so expect double reports next time around. In addition, with the hurricane hitting North Carolina, many websites supported by Red Hat were down while this issue was being developed, so news from those projects may be missing or behind. We'll try to get caught up next week.


You do remember that AOLserver is now open source? If you're interested in what's out there, now that you can get your hands on it, you might want to take a look at this article, the first in a series of four articles on AOLserver being published by LinuxWorld. This first part covers some of the history of AOLserver and the reasons why you might want to consider using it.


Interested in CORBA? You may want to check out Introduction to CORBA, Part 1, the first of a two-part series of articles from LinuxWorld.

High Availability

We received a report back from Alan Robertson on the state of the heartbeat code. It sounds like it may make it into Red Hat 6.1 and a push to make it work smoothly under Debian as well. Also note that development on heartbeat 0.4.3 has been frozen and it may have been released by the time you read this.

Maintenance of the Linux-HA FAQ has moved over to Volker Wiegand, as noted in this note from Harald Milz, the former maintainer.

Slides from Lars Marowsky-Bree's talk on LVS, given at the Linux Kongress '99, are now available (in MagicPoint format).


KDE 1.1.2 has been released, the first KDE release with full Themes support, through the KDE Themes Manager. Kmail and Kfm have also been improved and stabilized and KDE now supports over 35 different languages.

The second annual KDE Developers Meeting has been announced for October 7-10 at the University of Erlangen, in Germany. Caldera Systems and SuSE are sponsering the meeting.


The Midgard Weekly Summary for September 14th has rolled off the line, reporting on the Midgard web application development platform. Midgard 1.2.2has also been released and the Bugzilla bug tracking system has been brought in to handle bug reports.


Ready to take on programming for the new Mozilla but you're not sure where to start? Check out the Codestock two day developer seminar, scheduled for September 21st and 22nd. It promises to cover:
  • Building Web Content, Applications, and Services with Mozilla and W3C Standards
  • Enhancements to the Mozilla Plug-in API
  • Embedding Gecko into Software Applications

MozillaZine has a report up from the Jazilla project, which, you may remember, is building a Java-based version of Mozilla. Matthew Schmidt reports, "In the last few months, Jazilla has gained speed has the programmers that were involved have regained interest in light of recent motivation and some new interest in the project. Work has begun on an open source pure Java renderer, but the project needs help. Anyone with experience on the Swing Text package or the Swing HTML package is definitely wanted, although we will take anyone who wants to help."


The latest Wine Weekly News looks better than ever. New formatting has given the page a cleaner look and made it easier to navigate.

Since the latest snapshot still dates back to August 15th, the news this week focuses on development, including a port to BeOS, integrating the OpenGL libraries with Wine, and thread safety. One piece of good news: Ove Kaven received $600 in funding from CoSource and with it, has started development on the 32bit Winsock, very good news since the current Winsock "is still from the Win16 days".


The new Zope.org community portal is now on-line at http://www.zope.org. The new site is running Zope 2 and making "heavy use" of the Portal Toolkit, the Catalog and ZClasses. With it, you can become a member and create your own Zope objects to help personalize the site.

A Zope Birds of a Feather session is being planned for the Atlanta Linux Showcase next month.

Check out this week's Zope Weekly News for other Zope tidbits.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh

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