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The German government supports GPG. According to this article (in German, here is the Babelfish translation), the German government will donate approximately 250,000 DM to the GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) project. The money is to be used to support comfortable user interfaces for GPG and its use with multiple operating system and mail clients. The fact that the project is open source was apparently crucial to the decision to support it. (Thanks to Peter Kis)

OpenMerchant released under the GPL. OpenSales Inc. announced today the release of the source code for their OpenMerchant online retailing solution under the terms of the GNU General Public License, according to this press release. The choice to both open the source code and to use the GPL is a very welcome one. "We have created the future e-commerce standard by providing the only channel for developers to freely use, modify and improve an enterprise-class Internet retailing solution."

Comparative Linux DBMS. LinuxPlanet has started a series of articles to take a look mSQL, MySQL and PostgreSQL on Linux, beginning with this article, which looks at installation and configuration for the three databases.

SGI Linux University Report. Jose Nazario sent us this report from his attendance at a recent SGI Linux University. "SGI's efforts at contributing to Linux are, simply put, going to be huge in at least three areas: OpenGL, where they are working with various vendors of X servers and graphics cards and working on high performance OpenGL for Linux; security, where they are doing an OpenBSD style code review and contributing software to bring Linux to C2 and B1 grades in the future (DoD scales); and the third item we heard about in Dayton, OH, was their clustering technology, bringing Beowulf up to commercial levels for management and scalability."

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Job match service for embedded Linux developers. LinuxDevices.com has announced a free job match service for developers in the embedded Linux arena. "The new service allows companies who need developers, and developers looking for projects, to find each other online using a convenient search engine."


Music and movies under GNOME (LinuxPower). LinuxPower looks at the Grip and GXanim utilities. "Video playing software under Linux is a problematic area due to the fact that some countries in the world, including the US, accepts patents on the video compression algorithms. Mark Podlipec, the XAnim author, has managed to get the permission to use some of these codecs in xanim, with Intel Indeo being the most important one. This is probably because Xanim is not a GPL'ed application."

Porting Abiword to the MacIntosh?. This MacDiscussions.com article bemoans the fact that no port of StarOffice is available for the MacIntosh, though support is promised in the next version. It continues on, though, to recommend another alternative, providing assistance to the AbiSource project to help finish the port of AbiWord to the MacIntosh. "AbiWord is an open source project, released under the GPL. I tried this application out and found it to be mostly complete. It would make a great addition to the alternatives on the Macintosh platform, but they need help. Paul Rohr of Abisource sent this idea: 'Rather than lobby Sun, you have another option -- round up one or two talented GUI hackers to finish porting AbiWord to the Mac...The AbiWord development community is actively thriving, and Macintosh is the one modern GUI that's still sorely missing.'" (Thanks to Louis Pierce.)

Reuters reports on Miguel de Icaza's new company. Here is more news on Miguel and Nat's plans for starting their new company. "We are creating applications like Microsoft Office, for GNOME," the 26-year-old de Icaza said in a phone interview. "We have investment. It's exciting and I get to work on GNOME full time so that's even better." The company will be based in the Cambridge, Mass. area and is expected to have about 12 employees initially.

From the press release, it appears that the Linux Fund is at least one of the sources of investment in the new company.

Gnome Development Summary. The Gnome Summary for November 9-17, 1999 covers news from the GNOME UI Improvement Project, courtesy of the first installment of the GNOME UI Summary, sound support issues, the new GNOMEnclature column by George Lebl, over on IBM DeveloperWorks, and more.


KRASH release frozen. The KRASH release, also known as the 1.89 release, has been frozen, according to this announcement. No modifications to the API are allowed and they would like to make the actual release available by December 1st, two weeks ahead of schedule. The release of KRASH is intended to allow third party developers to become familiar with Qt 2.X and KDE 2.X before they become the new stable version.


Midgard Weekly Summary. The Midgard Weekly Summary for November 17th is larger than usual, since summaries were not posted the last two weeks. Included this week is the release of Midgard 1.2.5, the availability of combined Midgard/Apache packages, recent server problems and plans for an irc-based developer meeting on November 25th. Check the homepage for more information on the Midgard web application development and publishing platform.


Mozilla M11 is out!. Mozilla M11 (Milestone 11) has been released. Word seems to be that the latest release has made great strides in stability (some say it is now more stable for them than Netscape 4.7), but performance appears to be an issue. However, the developers themselves do not seem to be concerned about this. The software is, after all, still in pre-beta and once the basic stability issues have been addressed, performance issues will become a top priority. Linux binaries are currently available. Check the release notes for more details.

Note that Mozilla is currently not safe to use with systems unless they are running glibc2.1 or higher. See the this posting for more information on that problem.

Update on Mozilla from Interview with Chris Hofmann. This interview with Mozilla lead engineer Chris Hofmann provides an update on Mozilla's progress. "At current growth rates the number of "non-Netscape" Mozilla developers will eclipse the number of Netscape developers with direct CVS checkin privileges in a few short months. I think we are at around 50-60 now and about 15-20 of these contributors that are checking in modifications to the code every week."


Interview with the PHP team. LinuxPower has made available an interview with the PHP team. It covers the upcoming features of PHP 4.0 and its new backend, Zend, plus licensing issues and more. "Erik: What do you see as the next radical evolutionary step for php? Jim: Easier extensibility. Right now its pretty much impossible for people to distribute their own extensions to PHP (which has contributed to the PHP code base getting pretty fat with interfaces to everything). Hopefully PHP 4 will make it easy enough for people to build even more interesting extensions on top of PHP. "


Samba 2.0.6 released. The Samba Team has released version 2.0.6. This release contains lots of fixes, some new features, and support for the CUPS printer system; details are in the announcement.

Using Samba from O'Reilly. O'Reilly and Associates have announcedthe release of "Using Samba". "O'Reilly & Associates has announced the release of Using Samba, which has been officially adopted by the Samba team under an open content license. This new book is a comprehensive guide to Samba administration, including such recent additions as integration with Windows NT domains and the SWAT graphic configuration tool."


Wine 991114. The latest development release of Wine is now 991114. For more information on the latest release, check out this week's Wine Weekly News.


Sybase supports Zope. Digital Creations has announced that Sybase is now supporting Zope development. "The partnership will allow Digital Creations to further integrate the Zope platform and Sybase, enabling Sybase users to leverage the power of the Linux operating system in conjunction with the Internet. The combination of these two powerful platforms will enable companies who are moving to Linux to dynamically manage their enterprise data and create world- class applications."

Zope Weekly News. Michael Pelletier is the editor, for the first time, for this week's Zope Weekly News. Headlines include the announcement of Sybase support for Zope, the announcement of VisualZope 0.1a, plus various updates and tips.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh

November 18, 1999

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Sun hiring Java-Linux developers. It seems that Sun is ready to back up their claims to supporting Java on the Linux platform with at least one new position. "You will be responsible for porting Sun's Java Virtual Machine, HotSpot, to the Linux operating system. As a member of the HotSpot team you will learn HotSpot internals and eventually take on additional HotSpot projects."


News from Perl News. Perl News has some new reports out about learning more about RSS, Perl Month Issue #6 and more.

On the development side, This Week on perl5-porters reports on lexical variables and eval, more on line disciplines and arcane topics ranging out as far as "Unicode Support on EBCDIC Machines".


Dr. Dobbs' Python-URL!. This week's Python-URL! includes good news for the "Corba-inclined". Duncan Grisby announced Python bindings for omniORB, a "free C++ ORB conforming to the OMG's (draft) Python mappings.". Other news includes the latest release of wxPython, an "awesome" new collection of Python resource links and more.


Dr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL!. This week's Tcl-URL! inquires whether or not there would be interest in a Tcl/tk conference in Europe, among other topics.

Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh


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