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 November Linux Journal

The November issue of Linux Journal will be hitting the newsstands October 11. The focus of this issue is Web Programming and we have articles on FastCGI, HTMLgen, XML, SGML and Python, as well as an interview with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python. Check out the Table of Contents at http://www.linuxjournal.com/issue55/index.html. To subscribe to Linux Journal, go to http://www.linuxjournal.com/ljsubsorder.html.

 Links2Go Key Resource Award

Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 18:38:48 -0400
Congratulations! Your page: http://www.linuxgazette.com/ has been selected to receive a Links2Go Key Resource award in the Linux topic.

The Links2Go Key Resource award is both exclusive and objective. Fewer than one page in one thousand will ever be selected for inclusion. Further, unlike most awards that rely on the subjective opinion of "experts," many of whom have only looked at tens or hundreds of thousands of pages in bestowing their awards, the Links2Go Key Resource award is completely objective and is based on an analysis of millions of web pages. During the course of our analysis, we identify which links are most representative of each of the thousands of topics in Links2Go, based on how actual page authors, like yourself, index and organize links on their pages.

For more information:
Links2Go Awards, awards@links2go.com

 X11.ORG goes public

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 00:31:27 -0400 (EDT)
One of the main purposes of X11.ORG is to provide the X community with up-to-date information regarding "anything and everything X". By making this information easily available, you don't have to work quite as hard to keep up with the fast-moving pace of X developments. As it was imagined in the development process, we will attempt to be a slashdot.org of sorts, for the X community, focusing on those topics directly or closely related to X. X11.org plans to cover the setup and configuration information for the majority of WindowManagers, Desktop Environments (eg. CDE, GNOME, KDE), and X Servers.


For more information:
Voltaire, voltaire@shell.flinet.com

 7th Python Conference

Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 17:18:14 -0400 (EDT)
Call for Participation and Advance Program, 7th International Python Conference:

South Shore Harbour Resort
Houston, Texas
November 10-13, 1998
Sponsored by CNRI and the PSA

The Python Conference brings together a broad range of users, vendors, researchers, and developers from the Python community. The conference is the premier opportunity to meet other Python programmers, share information, and learn about the latest happenings -- including an update on the future of Python from its creator, Guido van Rossum.

The program also includes a day of tutorials, two days of papers and invited talks, and Developers' Day. The conference program has been expanded this year to include a session for demos and posters to highlight work that is more interesting to see and interact with.

For registration information, visit:


Eric Raymond, "Homesteading the Noosphere." Custom, ego, and property in the open source community.

David Beazley, "Commodity Supercomputing with Python." Python on supercomputing systems, and its role in the 1998 Gordon Bell Prize Competition, where a Python-driven application achieved 10 Gflops sustained performance on a Linux cluster.

Jim Hugunin, "JPython." Recent and coming events in the happy integration of Python and Java.

Guido van Rossum, "Python -- the next seven years." Recent and coming events in the development of the Python langauge.

For more information:
Jeremy Hylton, jeremy@cnri.reston.va.us

 LISA '98, Systems Administration Conference

Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 16:04:13 -0800
The Immediately Practical is the Emphasis at Largest Conference Exclusively for System Administrators

LISA '98, the 12th Systems Administration Conference, is co-sponsored by SAGE, the premier professional society for system administrators, and the USENIX Association. It will take place in Boston at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel, December 6-11, 1998. The largest conference exclusively for system administrators, LISA is expected to attract over 2000 attendees.

Full Technical Program: http://www.usenix.org/events/lisa98/

For more information:
http://www.usenix.org/ Dona Ternai, dona@usenix.org

 Linux Links

The Linux Software Encyclopedia: http://stommel.tamu.edu/~baum/linuxlist/linuxlist/linuxlist.html

COBOL Center: http://www.infogoal.com/cbd/cbdhome.htm

Deskware COBOL: http://www.deskware.com/cobol/cobol.htm

Collection of Free Resources: http://members.tripod.com/~net_tools/index.html

Linux Preview (Spanish): http://linux.ncc.org.ve

Crystal Space 3D Engine: http://crystal.linuxgames.com

GNOME FAQ: http://www.mindspring.com./~tlewis/gnome/faq/v1.0/FAQ.html

Linux Links: http://www.linuxlinks.com/

DOSEMU.ORG: http://www.dosemu.org/

Spanish Linux Index: http://www.croftj.net/~barreiro/public/indice.html

Linux soundapps Webpage: http://www.bright.net/~dlphilp/linux_soundapps.html

SciTech Display Doctor for Linux: http://www.scitechsoft.com/sdd_linux.html

 K-12 and Linux

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:10:42 GMT
A mailing list has been formed where people with Linux expertise can support K-12 people who are trying to use Linux in schools. To join, send e-mail to majordomo@lrw.net and in the body of the letter, enter: subscribe lxk12

For more information: Randy Wright, rw26@nospam.lrw.net

 Red Hat Hands Applixware back to Applix, Inc.

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 12:03:00 GMT
September 14, 1998--In order to focus exclusively on developing and marketing the Open Source Red Hat Linux operating system, Red Hat Software, Inc. and Applix Inc. today announced that Applix Inc will have all future responsibility for the Applixware Office Suite, including Sales, Marketing, Product Support, and Quality Assurance.

Applixware products previously purchased directly from Red Hat Software will still receive the full technical assistance and support of Red Hat Software.

The announcement of the new relationship coincides with the release of Applixware 4.4.1 for Linux. This update of Applixware features all the standard components of the Applixware Office Suite, as well as Applix Data, a new module offering point and click access to information stored in relational databases, and Applix Builder, Applix's object-oriented, visual, rapid application development tool.

The Applixware 4.4.1 Office Suite is available directly from Applix, Inc. for $99. For those wishing to upgrade to Applixware 4.4.1, Applix is offering a $79 upgrade. For more information, please see

For more information: http://www.applix.com/

 Intel, Netscape invest in Linux

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 11:43:45 -0700
Red Hat Software has announced that Intel, Netscape and two VC firms are taking equity positions in the company which will enable it to create the Enterprise Computing Division. This division will ready Linux for enterprise-wide applications, enabling Linux, the most open, robust and carefully scrutinized operating system in the world, to tackle the likes of Windows NT.

For more information:
Full Press Release

 Red Hat News Flash

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 09:30:03 -0700 (PDT)
It has recently come to the attention of Red Hat Software that there are significant security holes in CDE. All users are affected, both those who purchased CDE Client and those who purchased CDE Developer that runs on Red Hat Linux 4.0 up to 5.1.

For more information:
Full Press Release

 Canadian National Installfest a Success

Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 19:58:06 PDT
The Installfest referred to in last months News Bytes has come off an outstanding success! Details at http://www.linux.ca/installfest.html
A world-wide installfest in the offing?

For more information:
Dave Stevens, davestevens@hotmail.com

Software Announcements

 Linux/Personal Productivity Tools

LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA (Sept. 8, 1998) -- Personal Productivity Tools, Inc. (PPT) today announced that version 3.0 of its EtherPage (tm) client/server-to-pager messaging system is now running under Linux, the UNIX clone operating system.

EtherPage delivers messages rapidly and efficiently from computer networks to wireless devices, including alphanumeric and 2-way pagers and digital cellular phones. In addition to Linux, EtherPage now runs under a broad range of operating systems including Windows NT and UNIX.

For more information:
Personal Productivity Tools, Inc., http://www.ppt.com/

 LinkScan 5.0 - Breakthroughs in Performance, Scalability & Workflow

San Jose, CA, Sept. 10, 1998. Electronic Software Publishing Corporation (Elsop) released LinkScan 5.0 today. Major improvements have been made to LinkScan 5.0 to make it serve the needs of workgroups throughout the enterprise and facilitate the workflow between content managers, developers and systems administrators. These improvements are the result of radical design changes that make version 5.0 essentially a new product compared to earlier versions. This effort was energized by the needs of organizations with very large intranet websites and public websites.

LinkScan operates on all Unix Servers (including AIX, BSD, Digital Unix, HP/UX, IRIX, Linux, and SunOS/Solaris flavors) and Windows NT 5.0 servers with Perl 5. Free fully functional evaluation copies of LinkScan 5.0 may be downloaded (less than 300 Kbytes) from the company's website at: http://www.elsop.com/

For more information:
Kenneth R. Churilla, ken@elsop.com
Electronic Software Publishing Corporation

 NetBeans Releases Last Beta Version of Java IDE, Free Download Continues

Prague, Czech Republic, September 14, 1998 - NetBeans, Inc. today announced the release of the Beta 3 version of NetBeans Developer 2.0. It is the last beta prior to the full release, which is due near the beginning of Q4. Beta 3 is available for free download from the NetBeans web site, http://www.netbeans.com.

NetBeans IDE is a full-featured Java IDE based completely on Swing/JFC. NetBeans is both written in Java and it generates Java code. It is an object oriented, visual programming environment based on JavaBeans components without relying on any third-party components. The IDE is easily extensible, and it runs on any platform that supports JDK 1.1.x, including Win95/98/NT, Apple Mac, Linux, OS/2, Solaris, HP-UX, Irix, and others. Since the June release of Beta 1, over 18,000 new registered users have downloaded the tool.

For more information:
NetBeans, Inc., http://www.netbeans.com, info@netbeans.com
Product Overview, http://www.netbeans.com/overview.html

 NetBeans Bundles Cloudscape with Leading Programming Environment

Oakland, CA and Prague, Czech Republic, September 21, 1998-NetBeans, Inc. and Cloudscape(TM) Inc. announced today that NetBeans, Inc. will bundle Cloudscape's embeddable Java-based object relational database with upcoming releases of the NetBeans IDE. Founded on the principle of Java innovation, NetBeans is the first company to offer an all-Java IDE based on Swing/JFC. Cloudscape offers the industry's first embeddable Java database, designed to be invisibly embedded within applications as a local data manager.

The Cloudscape database will be bundled with NetBeans Developer 2.0, allowing users of NetBeans Developer 2.0 to create Java applications that integrate a fully functional, yet lightweight object-relational database manager. The integrated product is expected to be available in November 1998. Cloudscape ships the only 100% Pure Java(TM) SQL database manager designed to be invisibly embedded within applications as a local data manager.

For more information:
NetBeans, Inc., http://www.netbeans.com, info@netbeans.com
http://www.netbeans.com, write to info@netbeans.com, or call 011 4202 8300 7322. Cloudscape, Inc. http://www.cloudscape.com/, info@cloudscape.com

 Prolifics to be launched for Linux!

Mon, 21 Sep 1998 00:34:30 +0200
Based upon market interest and customer feedback, Prolifics has decided to offer a version of Prolifics on Linux. Linux offers the development community a strong platform choice at very modest prices. We feel that Prolifics, based on industry standards such as COM and Java, can offer this community a unique, powerful and flexible tool for building cross-platform database applications. Application Servers for the Web will be provided to process business logic on the Linux servers and deploy the presentation layer on a thin client Web Browser. These applications can be deployed for character-based, GUI and Web environments.

The Linux platform will first be made available with Prolifics 4 Standard. Prolifics 4 Standard is our upcoming 2-tier product release due out 4Q 1998. Look for a customer letter telling you all about it and more this week or next.

For more information:
Prolifics, Devi Gupta, devi@prolifics.com


Palmer, PA - September 7, 1998 - IGEL LLC today announced the availability of Etherminal J, a Thin Client desktop device. The first variant has been exhibited at Thinergy '98, the first global conference on thin-client/server computing held in Orlando, Sept. 1-3, 1998.

Etherminal J, based on IGEL's Flash Linux Technology, is the only thin client device incorporating Netscape Communicator Version 4.05, and a complete set of UNIX connectivity tools, locally in its own Flash Memory. Storing and running these software modules locally keeps network bandwidth requirements at a minimum. IGEL's Flash Linux is a compressed UNIX-compatible, flash memory accessible operating system. It is a POSIX-conform, multi-threading multi user operating system. Based on the popular Linux kernel, it offers the largest number of available device drivers and applications. It supports Internet and Java. IGEL tailored this OS to support a defined Thin Client hardware, and developed a flash memory driver technology to compress this OS, and all accompanying Emulators, X11R6 X-Server, and Thin Clients for multi-user Windows NT, and the Netscape Communicator in 12MB of "Disk-on-Chip" Flash Memory. IGEL's BIOS extensions allow to directly boot this compressed Flash Linux. At run-time needed OS parts, Emulators, Thin Clients, and the Netscape Communicator are decompressed on demand.

For more information:
IGEL*USA, http://www.igelusa.com/
H. Knobloch, hans@igelusa.com

 Linux Office Suite 99 from SuSE

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 1998--S.u.S.E., Inc. today announced the release of Linux Office Suite 99 -- a comprehensive software package that combines the latest in Linux technology with some of the most powerful, user-friendly applications on the market.

S.u.S.E.'s Linux Office Suite 99 includes a spreadsheet, word processor, presentation graphics, database, fax program, and many other critical business applications.

Linux Office Suite 99 comes with the latest version of Applixware 4.4.1, which includes Applix Words, Spreadsheets, Graphics, Presents, and HTML Author, as well as Applix Data and Applix Builder. Applixware's latest release delivers a new filtering framework that has been optimized for document interchange with Microsoft Office 97.

In addition, Linux Office Suite 99 integrates Applixware with the powerful ADABAS D 10.0 database system, enabling users to import data from the ADABAS D database into Applix Spreadsheets. Linux Office Suite 99 also contains the KDE and GNOME graphical desktops, S.u.S.E. fax, the personal edition of the backup utility ARKEIA 4.0, the popular GIMP graphics program, and many other features.

Linux Office Suite is compatible with S.u.S.E., Red Hat, Caldera, and other popular versions of Linux. Users who need to install Linux for the first time can do so quickly and easily with the base system of S.u.S.E. Linux 5.3 that is included with the Office Suite.

For more information:
S.u.S.E., http://www.suse.com/

 Xtoolwait 1.2

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 07:54:58 GMT
One and a half year have gone by without a single bug report, so it's time to release a new version of Xtoolwait.

This utility notably decreases the startup time of your X sessions, provided that you start a number of X clients automatically during the X session startup. Most people, for instance, start X clients like xterm, xclock, xconsole and xosview from their .xinitrc, .openwin-init, .xtoolplaces or .xsession file.

These X clients are started simultaneously (in the background) which puts a high load on the X server and the OS

Xtoolwait solves this problem by starting one X client in the background, waiting until it has mapped a window and then exiting.

Download Xtoolwait from this page

For more information:
Richard Huveneers, richard@hekkihek.hacom.nl

 Fileman V1.1 - X-window based File Manager

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:32:09 GMT
FileMan, a X-window based File Manager offering a large number of features along with great configurability and flexibility is now available as version 1.1.

Version 1.1 offers improved performance and many bug fixes over earlier releases.

Some features are still not fully complete, but it is still very useable and contains enough features to manage a Linux environment.

For more information:
Simon Edwards, FileMan Developer, filem@bongo.demon.co.uk

 ppdd - encrypted filesystem - kernel patch and support progs.

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:38:12 GMT
ppdd is an advanced encrypted file system for i386 Linux only.

ppdd is used in a similar way to the loop device and offers simplicity and speed plus full strength encryption (128 bit). The design takes into consideration the fact that data on disc has a long lifetime and that an attacker may have the matching plaintext to much of the cyphertext. A combination of master/working pass phrases offers enhanced security for backup copies. Current status is BETA and comments on the implemenation and underlying crypography are most welcome.

It consists of a kernel patch plus support programs and is intended for users with enough knowledge to compile the kernel, setup LILO, partition disks etc. It is not for absolute beginners or "non technical" users yet.

Available from: http://pweb.de.uu.net/flexsys.mtk

Package is ppdd-0.4.tgz, PGP signature is also available from same URL.

For more information:
Allan Latham, alatham@flexsys-group.com

 bzip2-0.9.0, program and library for data compression

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:47:31 GMT
bzip2-0.9.0 is a high-quality, portable, open-source, lossless data compressor, based on the Burrows-Wheeler transform.

Source code, binaries and further details, are available from

and also from the mirror site

bzip2-0.9.0 is fully compatible with the previous version, bzip2-0.1pl2. In particular, the .bz2 file format is unchanged.

For more information:
Julian Seward, Julian_Seward@muraroa.demon.co.uk Xterminal 0.4 - Object Oriented User Interface

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:45:51 GMT
Xterminal is an Object Oriented User Interface with a client-server architecture. The main purpose is a friendly interface for the UNIX operating systems. It is designed to be used to build text-based applications in C++.

It consists in a complete object oriented library including multiple, resizeable, overlapping windows, pull-down menus, dialog boxes, buttons, scroll bars, input lines, check boxes, radio buttons, etc. Mouse support, advanced object management, events handling, communications between objects are provided, too, together with a complete programmer's manual.

Xterminal is available for download from:

For more infomation:
Dragos Acostachioaie, dragos@iname.com

 connect v1.0alpha - tool to ease the sharing of a PPP link

Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:50:39 GMT
Here is the first ALPHA release of connect package (v1.0a)

connect package is a client-server program designed to ease the sharing of a PPP link to the internet over a small network.

connect is a solution. By running a tiny daemon (connectd) that will take care to launch the PPP when asked to and keep it up as long as needed, you can control your link.

As you can talk to the daemon with a command-line or a Java applet, access is easy from a unix host or a browser running on a Win95/NT workstation.

connect can be freely downloaded from its home page, see

For more information:
Nicolas Chauvat, nico@caesium.fr

 PalmPython 0.5.2 - PalmPilot sync/database library for Python

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 10:22:50 GMT
I am pleased to announce version 0.5.2 of PalmPython, a conduit programming kit which enables desktop applications to access PalmPilots and their data. PalmPython is available at the following URL:


PalmPython requires the pilot-link library, which can be found at

For more information: Rob Tillotson, robt@debian.org

 C++ library wxWindows/Gtk 1.93 and GUI builder

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 09:49:21 GMT a new version of the GTK+ port of the cross platform library wxWindows has been released.

To our knowledge, wxWindows is the only cross platform library available for creating native Windows and Unix/GTK+ applications. Although it is not its primary goal, wxWindows should help make the transition from Windows to Linux much smoother, not the least for small companies.

Apart from being platform independent, wxWindows is arguably the most complete free class library around offering features from database connectivity to configuration management to internationalization to a multiple document interface and support for printing using Postscript on Unix. We also provide detailed documentation and a set of sample apps.


The main wxWindows site:

wxWindows is free and has been an open source project since long before that term has been trademarked.

For more information:
Robert Roebling, roebling@sun2.ruf.uni-freiburg.de

 hm-3.0 - multiplatform curses-based filemanager

Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 08:50:49 GMT
hm 3.0 is a multiplatform cursesbased filemanager. Developed, adjusted and matured for 3 years by and for unix system managers. Versatile look from ls-like to ls -ail. All the basics with one keystroke: cd, cat, chgrp, chmod, chown, cp, diff, file, ln, man, mkdir, mv, od, rm, sh, sum, tail -f, vi, wc. Help-facility built in (no man page needed).


For more information:
Hans de Hartog, dehartog@csi.com

 mswordview 0.4.0 released

Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 12:43:27 GMT
yes the best thing since sliced bread, the ongoing office98 word format to html conversion project has notched up another few victories.

changes since last announced version are basically:
many many many bug fixes.
improved lists.
vastly improved header and footer support.
section support.
page numbering styles support.
improved handling of hyperlink fields.
prelinary support for graphics !, yep given a gif/jpg/png inserted via the insert->picture->from file mechanism, mswordview can to date successfully find its way to outputting a graphic, though this feature is very alpha and based upon more that a little bit of guesswork.


For more information: Caolan McNamara, Caolan.McNamara@ul.ie

 acua 2.11 - modem pool administration utility

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 14:28:51 GMT
ACUA is designed to facilitate the administration of Linux systems hosting modem pools. ACUA's high-level goals are:


For more information:
Adam McKee, amckee@iname.com

 InfoPrism v0.0.3 - A General Document Processing System

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 14:25:51 GMT

InfoPrism is a general document processing system that translates SGML source files to different output formats like HTML, Texinfo, LaTeX and plain text.

In addition to plain old SGML documents InfoPrism handles so-called SGML scripts as well. These are Tcl scripts using additional commands for document creation. The commands are * counterparts of SGML elements (e.g. `ul', `pre'). * shortcuts for multiple SGML elements (e.g. `liwul'). * simulate SGML facilities (e.g. `include').

Examples can be found in the `sgml' subdirectory of the distribution.


For more information:
Stefan Hornburg, racke@gundel.han.de

 Fixkeys 0.1 - Mini-HOWTO on home/end/del/backspace keys

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 14:35:58 GMT
Fixkeys is a mini howto on howto get home/end/del/backspace behaving the way you want under linux. This howto comes with prepared config files and doesn't only describe what to do to get your keys to work but also why.


For more information:
Hans de Goede, j.w.r.degoede@et.tudelft.nl

 Linux PC-Emulator DOSEMU, new stable release: dosemu-0.98.1

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 14:51:27 GMT
The DOSEMU team is proud to announce DOSEMU 0.98.1, the PC Emulator for x86 based *nix. Please remember to consider this as ALPHA software.

DOSEMU is a PC Emulator application that allows Linux to run a DOS operating system in a virtual x86 machine. This allows you to run many DOS applications.

The DOSEMU PC Emulator can be downloaded from the following FTP sites:


The binary distribution is statically linked against libc-5.4.46 and libX* from XFree- It should run on all current Linux distributions.

For more information:
The DOSEMU-Delopment-team, linux-msdos@vger.rutgers.edu

 ROADS 2.00 - a free Perl based Yahoo-like system

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:31:31 GMT
ROADS version 2.00 is a free Yahoo-style system written in Perl. It is a collection of tools which can be used in building on-line catalogues.


For more information:
Martin Hamilton, martin@net.lut.ac.uk

 Loadmeter 1.20 - Linux/Solaris system stats utility

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:33:20 GMT
Loadmeter is a useful little system monitoring utility I've hacked up to keep track of various system stats. It monitors: Load average, Uptime, Disk usageb,and Memory usage.


For more information:
Ben Buxton, bb@zip.com.au

 Gtk-- 0.9.15 - C++ wrapper for gtk

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 11:08:08 GMT
Version 0.9.15 of Gtk-- is now available.


Gtk-- is a C++ wrapper for GTK, the Gimp ToolKit. GTK is a library for creating graphical user interfaces. Gtk-- is distributed under GNU LGPL.

Gtk-- provides C++ abstraction of gtk library. The C++ interface is kept very similar to the interface gtk has. Thus documentation and knowledge of gtk can be utilized for creating GUI applications using Gtk-- while still enjoying advantages C++ language can offer.

Gtk's homepage: http://www.gtk.org/ Gnome homepage: http://www.gnome.org/

(*) gnome and gtk1.1 widget support require newest versions from gnome cvs server.

For more information:
Tero Pulkkinen, terop@assari.cc.tut.fi

 klp-0.2 - a print queue manager for KDE

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 11:22:12 GMT
It's here -- klp - a line printer queue manager for KDE -- Second (alpha) release 0.2.

klp is a GUI based replacement/wrapper for lpr/lpq/lprm (or similar in case of other types of print servers). It manages the print queue of printers. klp is intended for use with the K Desktop Environment http://www.kde.org/.

You can print by drag&drop documents from KDE's filemanager on it. You can view the queue and remove items from it.

klp can dock itself in the panel, still showing the printer status. The docked icon also allows printing by drag&drop.


For more information:
Frans van Dorsselaer, dorssel@MolPhys.LeidenUniv.nl

 TkDesk 1.1 released

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 12:27:48 GMT
TkDesk is a graphical desktop and file manager for several types of UNIX (such as Linux) and the X Window System. It offers a very rich set of file operations and services, and gives the user the ability to configure most aspects of TkDesk in a powerful way. The reason for this is the use of Tcl/Tk as the configuration and (for the biggest part of TkDesk) implementation language.


For more information:
Christian Bolik, Christian.Bolik@mainz.netsurf.de

 XFCE 2.1.0 - Window/Backdrop Manager and Toolbar for X released

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 12:37:49 GMT
XFce is now a set of applications including a powerfull Window Manager compatible with MWM(tm), OpenLook(tm), GNOME and KDE hints, a toolbar a backdrop manager and a system sound manager (NEW!) for X11. Unlike so many other X applications, XFce is very easy to use and to configure, thanks to menus, all mouse driven ! Features pulldown menus with color icons, 3D widgets, etc.


Anonymous ftp sites :


XFce is a toolbar and a kind of desktop environment (XFce standing for XForms Cool Environment) With XFce, no need to learn any definition language, or type any configuration file. XFce does it itself! Just use the mouse to define your preferences. XFce provides an elegant and easy way to start all your X-Window applications, using nice color icons, popup menus, etc.

For more information:
Olivier Fourdan, fourdan@csi.com

 Subject: COMMERCIAL: Better Counter for Linux

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 10:31:00 GMT
Better Counter - one of the leading CGI script for counting web pages - is now also available for Linux (on Intel hardware). Better Counter is the world's first counter that combines the following features:

- - Counts all pages of your site (depending on your service level)
- - Counts the click-through of your external links
- - Usability and clarity of the data presentation by using a Java Applet
- - Complete hits analysis within a freely customizable page structure

Better Counter is also available as FREE service.


For more information:
Stefan Ruettinger, Stefan_Ruettinger@rocketmail.com http://www.better-homepage.com/

Published in Linux Gazette Issue 33, October 1998

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