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Development projects

Software Carpentry design competition. The Software Carpentry Project has announced its software design competition. They are looking to bring about the creation of a set of software tools (replacements for make, autoconf, and bugzilla, and a regression testing system), and have a substantial chunk of money to help that cause along. Details in the announcement.

Yes, this is the same project we mentioned earlier this week; this time they have their new web site in place and are truly ready. "All of the project's work will be Open Source; all tools will be written in, or scriptable with, Python, and will be required to run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows NT."

SourceForge code released. SourceForge has released the code for its operation. The code is available under the GPL.

Ganymede 0.99.9 released. Version 0.99.9 of the Ganymede network directory system has been released.


Seul-EDU Linux in Education report. Here is the latest "Linux in Education" report from the Seul-EDU project.

Linux Knowledge Base Weekly News. This week's Linux Knowledge Base Newsmentions that the project will be heading to LinuxWorld in February, courtesy of Mandrake.

Request-for-Comment: an OpenSource style Image Database for Education. Mark Dalton sent us a copy of his RFC for the creation of an image database for education along the lines of Matthias Warkus' project for Gnome Icons.


Open Game Source looks at Freeciv. Open Game Source takes a look at Freeciv, "a turn based strategy game designed after the Civilization games", in this new article. "The current stable version is playable and includes 'an AI which gives most people a run for their money.'"


The Gimp Kernel-Cousin. Issue #9 of the Gimp Kernel-Cousin was released on January 14th. It covers the announcement of a new gimp plug-in, though the discussion quickly diverted to talking about how to prove the date your work is created, in case of "prior art" or patent issues.

On the Desktop

This week's GNOME summary. Here's this week's GNOME summary, by Havoc Pennington. Among other things, this issue inaugurates a new "project of the week" feature. A "project of the week" (or POW) is a project small enough to be done in a week or less and is chosen because "it would be cool to have someone working on". A small Sawmill project and a Gnome System Administrator Guide (or at least the beginning of one) are listed as the first two projects.

Using KDE in Japanese. Takumi Asaki posted a list of tips for people wanting to use KDE2-current with Japanese.

KDE news from mosfet.org. Items covered over at mosfet.org this past week include a reference to Linux.com's look at KDE, the release of the PerlQt version 2.100 perl bindings and progress moving towards Unicode support.

Web Browsers

Mozilla M13 tree is closed. Mozillazine reports that the M13 tree has been closed, priming expectations for an M13 build and release.

Jazilla release 2. The second "stable" release of Jazilla, the 100% pure Java web browser, has been announced.

Key developer leaves Mozilla (ZDNet). ZDNet UK covers the departure of Mozilla hacker Mike Shaver. "Shaver is quick to quash any speculation that his leaving Netscape/AOL has anything to do with the company's recent mega-merger with Time Warner and its transformation into an all-powerful corporate media titan."

More information on Mike's departure can also be found on Mozillazine.

Public Key Infrastructure released to Mozilla.org. PKI Library source code associated with Netscape Security Services (NSS) and Personal Security Manager (PSM) has been contributed to Mozilla.org by the Sun-Netscape Alliance. For more information, check out the Mozillazine coverage, which includes links to the original press release, plus additional updates.

Linux Web Browsers. WebReview has taken a look at some Linux web browsers, including Netscape, Moilla, Opera, Amaya and Lynx. "Once Opera and Mozilla reach production level, I suspect Netscape will be left for either (or both) of these browsers. Mozilla is looking particularly exciting, although it has a foot-print that may be simply too large for some users." (Thanks to Robert Taylor).

Web Development

Midgard Weekly Summary. This week's Midgard Weekly Summary covers the release plans for version 1.2.26 of this web application development platform, as well as other news items.


Wine Weekly News. The Wine Weekly News for January 17th speaks of continuing problems on the Wine servers, more Odin license news and read-only PCI board support.

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January 20, 2000

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Jim Blandy has stepped down as guile maintainer and will now be focusing on gdb while working for Cygnus. Maciej Stachowiak has stepped in as the new maintainer.


Java, threads, and scheduling in Linux. Ray Bryant and Bill Hartner have put out a white paper (and patches) discussing how to patch the Linux kernel scheduler for better Java performance. "While the VolanoMark benchmark studied here is an example of a specific workload that places high demands on the scheduler of the underlying operating system kernel, we believe that the effects described here can be present to some extent in other important workloads as well. We look forward to working with the members of Linux community to design, develop, and measure prototypes of Linux code to support the changes described above".

Tritonus: the Linux JavaSound implementation. Peter Pilgrim dropped us a note mentioning that he is working on the beta version of Tritonus with Matthias Pfisterer, porting Tritonus to the JDK 1.1.7. Good progress is being made: "At home I got Tritonus to work and play wave files with Enlightment Sound Daemon and Blackdown 's JDK 1.1.7 v1a release." For others that would like to play as well, Tritonus 0.1.82 is now available.


PerlMonth: Bonus Article. PerlMonth has added a bonus article this month, "Installing Modules into ActivePerl", by Jenda Krynicky. "When you install ActivePerl you get a lot of modules. But sooner or later you'll find out you need some more."


PHP DevCon Meeting. The PHP Core Development team is meetingfor the first time from January 20 to January 24, in Tel Aviv at the Tel Aviv Hilton Hotel. The focus of the meeting will be to organize the team effort for developing and generating interest in the popular PHP scripting language.


This week's Python-URL. Here is this week's Dr. Dobb's Python-URL, written by Fredrik Lundh.


This week's Tcl-URL. Here is this week's Dr. Dobbs' Tcl-URL!. It mentions the second beta release for Tcl 8.3, a new version of Snack (support for file-based and stream audio) and the the first Silicon Valley Tcl Users Group meeting.

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