Product Announcements: August 1, 2003

Friday Aug 1st 2003 by Adam Hammer

It has been a very busy week in the Open Source community. See the new products released here as well as in the .NET and XML areas.

New products and updates are released everyday. You don't want to miss a cool tool that can save you hours of coding... or fun. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of the current announcements. That is where and can help. We will keep you up to date on announcements geared towards the programmer market.

Open Source

gtk2-perl beta 0.91

This project provides perl bindings for gtk+ 2.x and a few related libraries. This release includes several bugfixes, portability issues, and missing functions in the latest betas for Gtk2 and Glib. Some dependency issues for Gnome2 and Glade were also fixed.

Columba 0.12.0

A new stable version of Columba is now available. Columba is an email client written in Java, featuring a user-friendly graphical interface with wizards and internalionalization support. Its a powerful email management tool with features to enhance your productivity and communication. So, take control of your email before it takes control of you! This version has lots of new features and includes many fixes since our last development release.

Barbecue 1.0.6b3

Fixes bugs with Code 39 implementation and barcode heights. All b1 and b2 users should update to this release. Production users should remain at 1.0.5 or earlier. Barbecue is a Java barcode solution that provides Java GUI components for creating barcodes that can be printed and displayed on screen, and used in servlets.

Intel PXA2x0 drivers 0.2.3

This is a driver collection for Intel PXA2x0 processor family (it includes PXA210, PXA250, PXA255, PXA260, PXA261, PXA262, and PXA263) for Windows CE. This package is intended primarily for BSP programmers and it is designed with care of strict separation board specific code (they are not a part of this package) from common PXA2x0 related stuff which forms this package content. The openwince project collects free (open source) software tools, modules, applications, drivers, and so on for Windows CE platform developers. Some of the modules are usable outside Windows CE development environment and are platform independent.

Tiki 1.7 -Eta Carinae- RC3

The rc3 replaces the rc2 and fixes the registration verification bug that is blocking in rc2. Tiki is a powerful CMS/Groupware. Features: article, forum, newsletter, blog, file/image gallery, wiki, drawing, tracker, directory, poll/survey & quiz, FAQ, chat, banner, webmail, calendar, category, ACL, etc in Single Sign-on or LDAP. (PHP/MySQL/Smarty)

phpMyAdmin 2.5.2

The phpMyAdmin development team welcomes you to update to the latest version. We think that all issues of the June security alert have been addressed (see FAQ 8.1). phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the WWW. Currently it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, manage keys on fields. Marc Delisle, for the team.

NUnit 2.1 Beta 1

The NUnit 2.1 beta release has been updated to version 2.1.1. This will continue to be part of Beta 1. A zipped source package has been added for those who need it. Note that you still get the source with the install package, so the zip is only needed by those who intend to build from source. NUnit is a unit-testing framework for all .Net languages, ported from junit. The following specific changes have been made: 1. Admin authority is no longer needed to run nunit-gui. 2. The package is renamed to avoid download issues. 3. NUnit 2.0 is no longer uninstalled automatically.

OpenRM Scene Graph 1.5.0 implements parallel rendering

OpenRM is a 2D/3D Scene Graph rendering engine for Linux/Unix/Win32 layered atop OpenGL. Supports stereoscopy, volume rendering, 2D/3D texture mapping, picking, LOD and view-dependent operations, text, and image-based data. New in OpenRM Scene Graph 1.5.0 is direct support for distributed memory parallel rendering when combined with Chromium ( This significant work is intended to be used by developers who need the utmost in parallel application performance, and is designed to drive extremely high resolution tiled displays in a distributed memory environment. The "parallel OpenRM" is built to be completely independent of all parallel programming frameworks, so developers can choose MPI, PVM, etc. to build parallel applications and still benefit from a parallel scene graph.

Druid 3.0 final

After a month of beta testing, the 3.0 release is finally out. This is mainly a bug fix release with only a few adds: a new PDF doc gen module and localization of the XHTML doc gen module (see changes in the files section). All the docs have been moved from HTML to PDF to be printed and have been revised and improved. Druid is a tool that helps the dba/developer to handle database tables. Users can add/modify/delete database objects (fields, tables, etc...) using a GUI. When the db structure is complete, druid can generate the sql-script and docs in various formats.

HTML Parser Integration Release 1.4

HTML Parser is a library, written in Java, which allows you to parse HTML (HTML 4.0 supported). It has been used by people on live projects. Developers appreciate it's ease of use. The architecture is flexible, allowing you to extend it easily. This release includes a preliminary drop of the new I/O subsystem (which isn't integrated yet), incorporates JUnit and Apache commons-logging liraries (also not used yet), and adds several new tests of the contents of the StringBean.


Squashfs is a highly compressed read-only filestem for Linux. Release 1.3 adds support for FIFOs and sockets. It also has numerous optimisations and small bug fixes. There are new patches for Linux 2.4.21 and Linux 2.6.0-test1. Squashfs compresses both files, inodes and directories, and supports block sizes up to 32K for greater compression. It is implemented as a kernel module under VFS.

RSSOwl ver. 0.3a

RSSOwl is a RSS reader written complete in Java using SWT as fast graphic libary. Some features are saving of RSS favorites in different categories and a TabFolder that shows multiple RSS feeds. The following features were implemented in version 0.3a: Open RSS feed from URL or local file, save RSS feed favorites in categories, Change language english / german, Change fontsize. IMPORTANT: Although this release is intended for Win32 you can use the program on many other platforms, after you installed the SWT graphic libary for your OS.

Etherboot 5.0.11

This is the last planned release of 5.0. 5.0 now enters maintenance mode. See notes and change log. Etherboot is Open Source code for creating boot ROMs for network booting x86 platforms. It is also a coordination point for information about free software related to network booting.

BitAnarch 1.0.5-Alpha3

BitAnarch is the most compact BitTorrent client ever. It is available in three languages, with multiple downloads support, full unicode filename support, newsgroup scanning, automation, drag and drop support, etc. you name it. With a RAM usage of less than 10MB.


WebInspect for Application Developers . Visual Studio .NET version

SPI Dynamics

WebInspect for Application Developers . Visual Studio .NET version will enable application developers to automatically unit-test components of web applications to discover security vulnerabilities, remediate those vulnerabilities and deliver secure code for final quality assurance testing - all without leaving their development environment. Early discovery and remediation of these vulnerabilities reduces the overall cost of secure application deployment, improving both application ROI and overall organizational security.

WebInspect for Application Developers . Microsoft Visual Studio .NET version is available immediately for an introductory special offer price of $495 (a retail value of $995) through September 30, 2003. For ordering information please contact SPI Dynamics at (678)781-4836.


CMS300 version 3.0


Ektron CMS300 is the first scalable, easy-to-use, browser-based XML content management system. It organizes, simplifies and automates the way Web content is authored, edited, published, managed and reused - for public sites, corporate and departmental intranets, extranets, CRM systems, and more. The system ships with Ektron eWebEditPro+XML, a browser-based WYSIWYG editor that enables organizations to quickly and affordable leverage the power of XSLTs, schemas and Smart Web Forms.

VisualScript XML

VisualScript XML is a technology that allows developers to program XML statements into graphical symbols, then simply "drag and drop" the symbols to sketch the flow of a business process. VisualScript then translates that sketch into a working XML script.
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