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Softpanorama Open Software Products Chronicle

v.10. No.4 September-December, 1998 (0A3)

( Linux-related news were compiled mainly from the news.freshmeat.net )

Web

Documentation Documentation tools Nettools

OS

Tools

OFM

Languages Debuggers and disassemblers Not So Open Desktop Emulation Hardware

Random Findings

Humor

Etc

 

WEB

 

DailyUpdate 4.5
DailyUpdate grabs dynamic information from the internet and integrates it into your webpage. Features include timeouts to handle dead servers without hanging the script, user-defined update times, modular design, and compatibility with cgi-wrap.

This release adds the acquisition function GetHtml, additional flags for input and output files, an "always" schema time option, speed enhancements, miscellaneous bug fixes, new data sources DailyUpdate now checks the script directory for a configuration file.

David Coppit @ 11/30/98 - 15:53 EST
make_news_site 0.05
make_news_site is a simple perl script that parses a flat file database and spits out a bunch of news articles as well as the file that links to those news articles.

Version 0.05 implements an Active/Inactive flag in the database and has a few other minor changes.

Simon Damberger @ 12/02/98 - 17:16 EST
Lynx 2.8.1rel1
Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) client for users running cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices (e.g., vt100 terminals, vt100 emulators running on PCs or Macs, or any other character-cell display). It will display Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) documents containing links to files on the local system, as well as files on remote systems running http, gopher, ftp, wais, nntp, finger, or cso/ph/qi servers, and services accessible via logins to telnet, tn3270 or rlogin accounts.
SiteMap 1.0
SiteMap is a small bash script that creates an HTML SiteMap of your *.*htm* files. Visit the sample output page for a visual impression.
WebLog 0.99
WebLog is a collection of Python modules and classes that parse and manipulate Web and Proxy logfiles, optimized for speed, ease of use and accuracy. If you've ever wanted to roll your own Web log analyser, this is the way to do it. WebLog currently supports the Common logfile format, the Combined (extended) logfile format and the Squid 1.1 access logfile format. Also included are classes to clean, limit, look up hostnames, combine and parse the output of the parsing classes. Several working demonstrations are included as well.

Version 0.99 contains bugfixes, performance gains and a change in the module naming scheme.

WebKit 0.1
WebKit simplifies site maintenance. It ties together an HTML pre-processor, a script to generate navigation links for each page, and a Makefile generator (generating makefiles allows you to easily "recompile" your entire site). It also includes a script to run the pre-processor on a particular file and output it to a specific location. The goal is to simplify site management as much as possible.

 

sitecopy 0.2.9
sitecopy can be used to maintain remote copies of locally stored web sites. It will upload, delete, and move files on the server to keep the remote site synchronized with the local site. The program remembers what is currently on the server so it doesn't have to go and check every time you use it. sitecopy talks to servers using FTP and WebDAV (under development).

Version 0.2.9 is released for development and testing purposes only, mainly to demonstrate the addition of the WebDAV client code.

Joe Orton @ 11/26/98 - 15:43 EST
gtkcookie 0.03
gtkcookie provides a more convenient way to edit your Netscape cookie file than opening it up in emacs or vi. gtkcookie allows you to sort your cookies, delete them, edit them, search for strings in them, and create your own cookies. It comes in handy for web developers.
Manni Wood @ 11/27/98 - 15:00 EST
MHonArc 2.3.2
MHonArc is a Perl mail-to-HTML converter. MHonArc provides HTML mail archiving with index, mail thread linking, etc. It also has other capabilities including support for MIME and powerful user customization features.

This release fixes a a couple of bugs and containes a new installation program.

 


GFIG 0.5.0
GCAD is figure/scheme drawing tool. It aims to be like xfig with better interface (GTK) and additional features like line attaching (not implemented yet). GCAD is able to export to LaTeX and EPS support is currently under development.
Michal Kara @ 11/04/98 - 18:42 EST category: software

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TSpaces 2.0
TSpaces is a set of network communication buffers called tuple spaces and a set of APIs (and classes that implement the API) for accessing those buffers. TSpaces allows heterogeneous, Java-enabled devices to exchange data with little programming effort. The package includes server software that implements the buffers and client software for accessing the buffers.

TSpaces 2.0 adds Transaction support along with numerous fixes and minor enhancements.

alphaWorks @ 11/04/98 - 17:32 EST category: software

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Fortify 1.3.0
Fortify provides full strength, 128-bit encryption facilities to export editions of Netscape Navigator and Communicator. These are used when connecting to an encrypting web server (with the SSL protocol). Fortify also adds the ability to generate 1024-bit RSA keys internally (these are typically used for client certificates), plus the ability to send and receive e-mail messages using strong 128-bit encryption (with the S/MIME protocol).

This version adds support for the first time for Netscape's newest generation of browsers - the v4.5 stream.

scoop @ 11/04/98 - 17:18 EST category: software

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netwatch 0.8a
Netwatch allows a user (superuser) to monitor an Ethernet segment and examine activity on the network. Hostnames are highlighted in colours (for those supporting them) to indicate activity on the bus network based on time ( less than 1 minute red, less than 5 minutes yellow, less than 30 minutes green and otherwise blue). The monitor includes statistics on transmitted and received packets, transmitted and received bytes, protocol of last packet (TX or RC), last communication partner (IP address) and Logging entire stats to an ASCII file.
scoop @ 11/04/98 - 17:16 EST category: software

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Jultaf 0.0.8
Jultaf is a collection of Tcl and [incr Tcl] scripts and provides procedures resp. classes with various purposes. Additionally shared libraries for accessing GDBM and Postgres databases from Tcl can be build with this package. Support for RPM is planned.

Version 0.0.8 contains Makefile fixes and a new list manipulation command.

scoop @ 11/04/98 - 17:11 EST category: software

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setserial 2.15
setserial is a tool to set and/or report the configuration information associated with a serial port. This information includes what I/O port and which IRQ a particular serial port is using.
scoop @ 11/04/98 - 17:06 EST category: software

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Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 'Slink' Frozen
Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 'Slink' is now in a frozen state. The delay was due to the need to stabilize some key packages in the distribution. The release of Slink is scheduled for December 1998.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 'Potato' will be the next version of the Debian distribution. The name is taken from the character 'Mr. Potato Head' in the animated movie 'Toy Story.'

scoop @ 11/04/98 - 16:50 EST category: community

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First Informix Commercial Linux Success
Chip Dehnert writes:

"There have been some questions regarding the commercial viability of Linux in the recent past, although all the major database vendors have pledged their support for the grassroots OS, until now announcements of commercial success have been elusive. Today Informix, the first database vendor to deliver product for Linux, and Apropos Retail Systems are announcing an agreement to install an Informix/Apropos/Linux retail management system in over 115 Jay Jacobs stores."

scoop @ 11/04/98 - 16:47 EST category: community

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WebKit 0.1
WebKit simplifies site maintenance. It ties together an HTML pre-processor, a script to generate navigation links for each page, and a Makefile generator (generating makefiles allows you to easily "recompile" your entire site). It also includes a script to run the pre-processor on a particular file and output it to a specific location. The goal is to simplify site management as much as possible.
Joseph Martin @ 11/04/98 - 16:20 EST category: software

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MUMail 1.2.5
MUMail is a Java applet designed to let you read your mail from a web page. It enables you to check your mail when there is no mail reader available, or if you don't want to change the configuration of someone else's mail reader. All you need is a Java 1.1 compliant Web browser. MUMail uses POP3 to download mail and is MIME enabled.

All font and character encoding choices have been disabled by default, as most people don't need it. The choices can be enabled by appropriate parameters.

Uli Luckas @ 11/04/98 - 16:16 EST category: software

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ascpu 1.1
ascpu is an X windows applet with AfterStep look which displays the current CPU load (user/system/nice) and calculates the average load. It features multiple options for customization. ascpu is currently Linux only.

This version allows more flexible configuration of the ascpu.

Albert @ 11/04/98 - 16:15 EST category: software

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Blackbox 0.40.12
Blackbox is yet another addition to the list of window managers for the X Consortium's X Windowing System Version 11 Release 6. Blackbox is built with C++, sharing no common code with any other window manager (even though the graphics implementation is similar to that of WindowMaker). It features small code size, a fast interface with simple menus, multiple workspaces, and decorated windows , built-in graphics code to render solids, gradients and bevels on the fly when needed, and more.
Brad Hughes @ 11/04/98 - 16:14 EST category: software

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fix-rhcd 0.1
fix-rhcd checks your mirror for matching file sizes, names, permissions, and symlinks against an "ls -lNR" listing from the offical Red Hat ftp site. Permissions are reset to match the ftp site listing and potential problems with your copy are shown. With this utitility, you can hopefully burn a bootable Red Hat Linux CDR without making any coasters.
Ed Schlunder @ 11/04/98 - 16:03 EST category: software

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rsync 2.2.0
rsync is a replacement for rcp (and scp) that has many more features. uses the "rsync algorithm" which provides a very fast method for remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand.

This is the first release by interim maintainer Dave Dykstra while Andrew Tridgell is working on his PhD thesis.

Jareth Hein @ 11/04/98 - 16:00 EST category: software

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MHonArc 2.3.2
MHonArc is a Perl mail-to-HTML converter. MHonArc provides HTML mail archiving with index, mail thread linking, etc. It also has other capabilities including support for MIME and powerful user customization features.

This release fixes a a couple of bugs and containes a new installation program.

Xenocide @ 11/04/98 - 15:49 EST category: software

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TableGen 1.5
TableGen automatically creates a set of Java classes to represent an SQL database. It uses JDBC MetaData to analyse the database and generate the classes. These classes have methods to update, insert, and retrieve records from the database. It also provides set/get methods for every column, giving complete type safety for your database applications.

TableGen now produces valid JavaBeans, contains schema support, nulls now return empty Strings, can define a list of tables to convert and there is a backwards compatibility property.

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Network Tools

 

setserial 2.15
setserial is a tool to set and/or report the configuration information associated with a serial port. This information includes what I/O port and which IRQ a particular serial port is using.

 


GFIG 0.5.0
GCAD is figure/scheme drawing tool. It aims to be like xfig with better interface (GTK) and additional features like line attaching (not implemented yet). GCAD is able to export to LaTeX and EPS support is currently under development.
Michal Kara @ 11/04/98 - 18:42 EST category: software

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TSpaces 2.0
TSpaces is a set of network communication buffers called tuple spaces and a set of APIs (and classes that implement the API) for accessing those buffers. TSpaces allows heterogeneous, Java-enabled devices to exchange data with little programming effort. The package includes server software that implements the buffers and client software for accessing the buffers.

TSpaces 2.0 adds Transaction support along with numerous fixes and minor enhancements.

alphaWorks @ 11/04/98 - 17:32 EST category: software

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The net-tools package contains a collection of programs that form the base set of the NET-3 networking distribution for the Linux operating system. It contains the important tools for controlling the network subsystem of the Linux kernel including arp, hostname, ifconfig, netstat, rarp and route.

This release fixes numerous bugs.

scoop @ 11/28/98 - 12:48 EST

 

Cheops 0.55
Cheops is a network "swiss army knife". It's "network neighborhood" done right (or gone out of control, depending on your perspective). It's a combination of a variety of network tools to provide system adminstrators and users with a simple interface to managing and accessing their networks. Cheops aims to do for the network what the file manager did for the filesystem.

This version includes more build fixes, includes "small icon" and "list" views, and better forward DNS support.

 

Socker 0.1
Socker (short for "socket redirector") accepts connections on a specified port, spawns a specified program, and redirects the program's stdin and stdout to the socket connection. It turns any text-based program into a TCP server process.
Patrick Doyle @ 12/05/98 - 13:41 EST

 

GtkSamba 0.1.0
GtkSamba is a GUI tool for the Configuration of Samba, the SMB file server on X11/Unix. It will read, edit and write the main Samba config file, an alternate configuration file, or from a network. It uses the GTK toolkit. The current version lets you edit any existing parameter from a text entry.

Documentation

 

man-pages 1.22
The manpages package contains a large collection of man pages for Linux covering programming APIs, file formats, protocols, etc.
fredlwm @ 11/28/98 - 06:27 EST
gnumaniak 1.1
gnumaniak is a package that consists of various up-to-date man pages for GNU utils packages that don't have them, for example fileutils-4.0, diffutils-2.7.2, sh-utils-1.16, textutils-1.22 and a preliminary version of man pages for libtool-1.2.

This release contains updated fileutils man pages from version 4.0.

Ragnar Hojland Espinosa @ 11/18/98 - 13:15 EST

 

Documentation Tools

 

Artistic Style 1.0.4
Artistic Style is a free, small and fast indenter and reformatter for C, C++ and Java source codes, written in C++.

Version 1.0.4 is a major bug fix releases, taking care of misplaced line breaks in the beginings of line-comments when using the '-ab' mode, and an overall improved '-p' mode, including correct space-padding handling of exponents and unary minuses.

Tal Davidson @ 12/03/98 - 16:42 EST

 

ASBeautifier 0.8.2
ASBeautifier is a C++ port of JSBeautifier. It automatically reindents C++, C, and Java source files, i.e. beautifies them. ASBeautifier is small, fast, and distributed as open-source (TM) (under the 'Artistic License'). ASBeautifier was created following interest from users of the jstyle family of source code filters.

Version 0.8.2 contains, among others, improved indentation of post-method-declaration initializations, fixed handling of structs and unions, and fixed handling of '\' characters at ends of lines.

 

 

HTMLDOC 1.6
HTMLDOC converts HTML "source" files into indexed HTML, PostScript, and PDF files. It can generate a table of contents, title page, and handles different media sizes and duplexing. HTMLDOC can also be used as a filter for web documents, allowing you to automatically generate PostScript and PDF documents from HTML files and reports. HTMLDOC runs on all UNIX platforms as well as Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 or higher.
scoop @ 12/02/98 - 17:54 EST

 

DocWiz 0.59
DocWiz allows you to easily add JavaDoc comments to your Java source code. With DocWiz, there's no need to tediously hand-format JavaDoc comments, adding tags and comment structures for each method. DocWiz provides a list of all the fields, methods, interfaces, and classes defined in a Java source file. You can click on any of these code elements to display a fill-in form for information about code elements. In addition, DocWiz shows you an icon for uncommented code segments.

This new version adds support for the @deprecated tag, the @since tag for methods, and fixes many bugs.

 

 

doxygen 0.4
Doxygen is a documentation system for C and C++. It generates an HTML class browser and/or a LaTeX reference manual from a set of documented C/C++ source files. The documentation is extracted directly from the sources.
Dimitri van Heesch @ 12/08/98 - 17:00 EST

 

Aspell .25
Aspell is an Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace ispell. Its main feature is that it does a much better job of coming up with possible suggestions than ispell does. In fact recent tests shows that it even does better than Microsoft Word 97's spell checker in some cases. In addition it has both compile time and run time support for other non English languages. Aspell also doubles as a powerful C++ library with C and Perl interfaces in the works.

This version cuts the start up time by 2/3rds and the memory usage by 1/3rd. It also has better accuracy for words like "teh" where two letters are swapped and words like "fone" (phone). Other improvements include an enhanced pipe mode, better documentation, a run-with-aspell utility, and bug fixes.

Kevin Atkinson @ 11/30/98 - 15:55 EST
FTP Watcher transforms to FileWatcher.org
The Linux FTP Watcher has been renamed to FileWatcher.org and has moved to its own domain. Various other things have been changed as well, there don't hesitate to visit. FileWatcher.org is a searchable, daily updated directory of Linux related file archives and programs grouped by topic. It features latest updates and file descriptions and also has a powerful search engine.

 

Debuggers

 

DDD 3.1
DDD is a common graphical user interface for command-line debuggers such as GDB, DBX, XDB, JDB, WDB, the Python debugger, or the Perl debugger. Besides ``classical'' front-end features such as viewing source texts, DDD provides a graphical data display, where data structures are displayed as graphs.

DDD 3.1 brings Perl support, Python support, data plotting, Undo/Redo, advanced data exploration, and several more new features and bug fixes.

Andreas Zeller @ 12/02/98 - 15:14 EST

 

Mail and News

Hypermail 2 beta 9
Hypermail 2 is a much enhanced version of the popular tool that converts mails into nicely formatted HTML pages. Version 2 has a lot of new features including MIME support. Perfect for archiving mailing lists and similar.

This release features a new config file parser, no more static buffers, better From:-line parser, better "Re:"-awareness, faster sorting, ability to disable HTML-inlining, and numerous bug fixes.

Daniel Stenberg @ 11/27/98 - 15:18 EST

 

linleech 2.2.0
linleech is a small, script-driven UNIX program that automates the process of downloading USENET articles. Using a small command set, linleech will search groups for articles that match given criteria and automatically download them for you. This is useful for retrieving anything from binary posts to something as specific as searching for the latest HOWTO in a Linux group.

This version is a complete rewrite to fix numerous bugs and to add new features, such as "triggers", which allow the user to search extended data in article headers.

Curtiss Howard @ 11/27/98 - 15:01 EST

Admin Tools

 

psntools 1.4
The psntools package is a set of utilities specifically designed for easily administering large numbers of user accounts at medium sized sites (somewhere between 200 and 4000 users would be a rough ballpark figure). They are tailored for educational installations were classes change yearly, but are sufficiently flexible for use in other environments.

This version adds several requested bugfixes, and will be the final release in the 1.x series.

Andy Doran @ 12/04/98 - 15:35 EST
Lilo 0.21
Lilo is a Boot loader for Linux and other operating systems. Lilo is responsible for loading your Linux kernel from either a floppy or a hard drive and giving it control of the system. It can also be used to boot many other operating sysetms, including the BSD variants, DOS, and OS/2. The Lilo distribution includes full source, documentation and support files, but no pre-compiled binaries.
fredlwm @ 12/05/98 - 12:12 EST

 

treeps 1.01
Treeps is a X/Motif program for Unix/Linux that is designed to make monitoring and interacting with the running programs on your system easy and intuative. A "real time" tree view shows the relationships between the processes and is color coded to provide easy interpretation of various values. The process tree displays any combination of users/groups and can be used to drill down into process details and then extract key fields for continous monitoring.

Version 1.01 has updated docs, a new man(1) page viewer, fvwm2 integration as well as changes for Solaris 5.5.1 with CDE, and for Unixware 7.

George MacDonald @ 11/26/98 - 15:40 EST
Xpdf 0.80
Xpdf is a viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. It also comes with two other programs: pdftops and pdftotext which convert PDF files to postscript and plain text respectively. Xpdf is designed to be small and efficient. It does not use the Motif or Xt libraries. It uses standard X fonts.
fredlwm @ 11/28/98 - 07:50 EST category: software

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fb 1.4
fb is a binary file viewer, editor, and manipulator. It can be used as a filter, an interactive browser, or to simply dump a file in either binary, decimal, hexidecimal, or octal and/or characters. Either overwrite bytes in either of the four bases or characters or dump to a file and edit the resulting text file with any text editor, then fb can translate from either of the four bases back into a binary file. In summary, fb is a versatile tool for binary file creation, manipulation, and examination.
John Swaby @ 11/28/98 - 07:37 EST
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MySQL is a SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. SQL is the most popular database language in the world. MySQL is a client server implementation that consists of a server daemon mysqld and many different client programs/libraries.

 

Vim 5.4a
Vim is an almost compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new features have been added including multi level undo, syntax highlighting, command line history, on-line help, filename completion, and block operations.

 

FCT 1.1.0
FCT is an HTML based tool for the configuration of a firewall. It features automatic script-generation for IP-filtering commands (ipfwadm) on a firewall for multiple interfaces and any internet services. Visit the FCT Homepage for detailed setup instructions.

 

 

util-linux 2.9d
Util-linux is a suite of essential utilities for any Linux system. It's primary audience is system integrators and DIY Linux hackers. Util-linux is attempting to be portable, but the only platform it has been tested much on is Linux/intel.

 

PostgreSQL 6.4
PostgreSQL is a robust, next-generation, Object-Relational DBMS (ORDBMS), derived from the Berkeley Postgres database management system. While PostgreSQL retains the powerful object-relational data model, rich data types and easy extensibility of Postgres, it replaces the PostQuel query language with an extended subset of SQL.

 

psntools 1.2
The psntools package is a set of utilities specifically designed for easily administering large numbers of user accounts at medium sized sites (somewhere between 200 and 4000 users would be a rough ballpark figure). They are tailored for educational installations were classes change yearly, but are sufficiently flexible for use in other environments.

This release fixes some compile-time issues with Linux/libc5.

 

RAPID 5.06
The RAPID software displays stock and commodity charts and provides tools for analysis, trendlines, grid lines, averages, et cetera. These tools are used to make trading decisions without fundamental knowledge of a stock or commodity. The idea is to detect what other people are doing and just tag along for the ride. It works in only 800x600 pixel mode for now and the mouse does not yet work. Instead, the arrow and function keys work.

The import/export data F5 utility source code was missing from 5.05. It is included it in this release. The menu highlighting in this utility has also been fixed.

David Pace @ 12/05/98 - 14:34 EST

OFM

 

FAR 1.6 released

Midnight Commander 4.5.1
The GNU Midnight Commander is a Unix file manager and shell, useful to novice and guru alikes. Being a console application, it emulates look and feel of the Norton Commander. A new GNOME frontend is currently under development.

Languages and language-related tools

CNET News.com - Sun shines on Linux JDK 1.2 will be available on Linux

GNU Argument Analyser 0.9.8
The GNU Argument Analyser helps programmers to analyze the arguments given to their program. You will only have to write a text file written in the GAA language, and GAA provides you with .c and .h files to manage the arguments.
Xahal @ 11/26/98 - 15:30 EST
Gtk-- 0.9.21
Gtk-- is a C++ interface for the popular GUI library gtk. Gtk-- provides convinient interface for C++ programmers to create graphical user interfaces with gtk's flexible OO framework. Highlights include typesafe callbacks, widgets extensible using inheritance and over 60 classes that can be freely combined to quickly create complex user interfaces. Gtk-- is free software distributed under GNU Library General Public License. (LGPL)
Bit::Vector 5.6
Bit::Vector is a multi-purpose C library with an accompanying Perl wrapper module (featuring overloaded operators) providing an efficient implementation of arbitrarily large bit vectors and sets, including a multitude of methods (about 100) for manipulating these, provides integer arithmetic for arbitrarily large integers, and more.

Version 5.6 now suppresses the leading zeros in the output of "to_Hex()" caused by the (internally) unused bits. The output continues to be fixed-length, i.e., length = ceil(bits/4). Moreover, a compiler warning has been fixed.

Steffen Beyer @ 11/04/98 - 03:13 EST category: software

 

Homebrew Decompiler 0.0.1
Homebrew Decompiler is a GPLed tool that takes Java .class files and reverse engineers the JVM bytecodes to generate .java files that attempt to resemble the original source code as much as possible.

This is the first public release of the Homebrew Decompiler and it still contains many bugs.

Widget @ 12/04/98 - 13:02 EST

 

No So Open Desktop :-)

Lotus will port Notes and SmartSuit to Linux ?

In the hopes that broader platform support will help it gain ground against Microsoft, Lotus Development is forming a team to look at porting SmartSuite desktop business applications and Notes/Domino groupware to Linux with an eye to releasing the products in 1999.

SmartSuite would follow the same pricing model as Linux -- that is, free open source code.

In addition to whatever Lotus ultimately does, IBM has already announced that its DB2 Universal Database would be available on Linux by the end of the year.

Corel, meanwhile, has a leg up on the Linux desktop over Lotus. Last week it made its existing productivity applications for Linux available for free.


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StarOffice 5.0 Personal Edition for Linux is available for free for non-commercial use. The offer addresses to all individuals, private persons and students and is exclusively restricted to individual, non-commercial use.

StarOffice 5.0 is a fully-integrated and Microsoft Office-compatible suite of productivity applications. It provides powerful Web enabled word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, email, news, charting and graphics applications. StarOffice runs native on the Linux Operating Environment on Intel platforms and is also available for other operating systems.

 

Registry.pl 0.2
Registry.pl is a Perl library which allows you to create, manipulate, and manage Windows 95 style registries (path/key/value based) as a replacement to .conf files. It is quick and is entirely text based to allow for manual editting.

This release contains a few minor bugfixes and some new features have been added.

Cris Daniluk @ 11/16/98 - 09:36 EST

 

MSWordView 0.5.1
MSWordView is a program that understands the Microsoft Word 8 binary file format (Office97) and is able to convert Word documents into HTML, which can then be read with a browser.

This release has been thoroughly reviewed for bad pointers and mem leaks, and mswordview can now also detect and ignore corrupted word documents, so it is vastly more stable than previous versions. New features include 64-bit platform support, hyperlinked crosslinks/bookmarks and color coding, extraction of wmf files, paragraph formatting and table looks.

the amazing ice-cube @ 12/04/98 - 13:03 EST

Random Findings

 

NQCC 1.0b1
Not Quite C is a simple language with a C like syntax that can be used to program the Lego RCX. (Lego's "smart brick", available in the Mindstorms Robotics kit.) NQC is far more powerful than the included tools, and unlike the official software, it runs on Linux, Win32, and Mac.

Etc

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Quotes

War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda  : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotesSomerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose BierceBernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes

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Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 :  Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method  : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law

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Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

Classic books:

The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Haterís Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

Most popular humor pages:

Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor

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