Originally Published: Saturday, 24 June 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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Weekend Review: June 24, 2000

After developers of KDE's KParts and GNOME's Bonobo discussed the idea on IRC, they decided that having KDE use Bonobo, or creating an entirely new component artitecture that the two could share, would be worth considering. Nothing has been finalized yet, but this is indeed an encouraging turn of events, which may bring about complete interoperability between the two competing projects.

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Monday

Developers consider GNOME/KDE integration. Last weekend, a discussion between GNOME and KDE developers came to the conclusion that integrating the component architectures of both desktop environments might be a good idea. After developers of KDE's KParts and GNOME's Bonobo discussed the idea on IRC, they decided that having KDE use Bonobo, or creating an entirely new component architecture that the two could share, would be worth considering. Nothing has been finalized yet, but this is indeed an encouraging turn of events, which may bring about complete interoperability between the two competing projects.

Vicarious Visions releases Terminus demo. Terminus, the first commercial game to be simultaneously released on the Linux, Windows, and Macintosh platforms, is now available as a demo. Terminus is a space combat game that bills itself as having the most realistic physics model available.

First stable release of Gnucash with GNOME support. Gnucash, the free personal finance manager for Linux and other platforms, reaches version 1.4.0. With this new version, the move from Motif to GNOME is complete for this application. New features include a completely new user interface, transaction auto-completion, a new reporting system, and internationalization capabilities.

Tuesday

Sun releases StarOffice 5.2. StarOffice 5.2 for Linux and other operating systems is now available from Sun Microsystems for free download. 5.2's new features are too numerous to list, but some of the most important ones include better import/export filters, the StarOffice Player for showing presentations without StarOffice, enhanced dialog boxes, and better multilingual support.

Site lists unmaintained free software projects. A site called Unmaintained Free Software keeps track of orphaned projects in the community, in the hopes that interested developers could benefit from their code. This is the beauty of free software: long after the original developers of the software stop working on a project, the code is always available, and may possibly be useful to future hackers.

Wednesday

Weather.com now powered by IBM and Linux. IBM announces that Weather.com, one of the Internet's leading resources for weather information, has replaced some of its Sun servers with IBM servers running Linux.

Source code release for Inferno operating system. Add Inferno to the list of operating systems offering code. While Inferno's source release is definitely not under open source compliant terms, having source code will help to enable a whole host of embedded applications for which Inferno is designed.

Thursday

Intel's Linux-powered Dot.Station. Chip maker Intel announces the Dot.Station, an Internet terminal powered by Red Hat Linux. The system will be sold through companies who will provide it to consumers complete with Internet service.

Blender is now freeware. Version 1.8 of Blender, a 3D modeling tool available for Linux, is now available, and all of it is available for free download. This is a change from previous versions where users had to pay to license optional features. Not a Number, the creators of Blender, is looking into open sourcing parts of the application, including the Blender render daemon and an in-house windowing toolkit.

Friday

Salon.com's Free Software Project continues. Andrew Leonard releases the next installment of his ongoing book about free software. Find out more about the Free Software Project in Linux.com's interview with the writer.

Jeff Alami, jeff@linux.com





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