JavaProduct Announcements: August 8, 2003

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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

Python 2.3 (final)

Python 2.3 was released on Tuesday (29 Jul 2003). This is the latest stable
release. The Python programming language is an object-oriented scripting and
rapid application development language. Download it at

ScummVM 0.5.0

ScummVM is a cross-platform adventure game interpreter, supporting Simon the
Sorcerer 1/2, Beneath a Steel Sky, and many LucasArts adventures. A new
stable release of ScummVM, version 0.5.0, is available. Along with the usual
bugfixes, this version supports several new games (Enhanced Maniac
Mansion/Zak McKracken, Beneath a Steel Sky).

Freevo version 1.3.3

This release includes many new features, one important feature is Xine
support to have DVD navigation (optional). Freevo is a Linux application
that turns a PC with a TV capture card and/or TV-out into a standalone
multimedia jukebox/VCR/PVR/HTPC. It uses MPlayer (included) to play and
record audio+video. It is optimized for use with a TV+remote.

Audacity sound editor 1.2.0-pre1

Audacity 1.2.0-pre1 is a public test release of the free Audacity sound
editor. This release has improved professional-quality audio processing;
major new features such as the ability to speed up, slow down, and alter the
pitch of a track; and many bug fixes since the last beta version 1.1.3.
Audacity is a fast multitrack audio editor and recorder for Linux, MacOS,
and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include
envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited


A new relese of zinf with bug fixes, enhancements, and a new build system!
Zinf is the continuation of FreeA*p and has all the same features as
FreeA*mp: MP3, Vorbis, WAV and audio CD playback, streaming (SHOUTcast,
Icecast, RTP) support, a powerful musicbrowser/playlist editor, a themed
interface and a RMP download manager.

phpBB 2.0.6

phpBB Group are pleased to announce the release of phpBB 2.0.6 the “phew,
it’s way to hot to be furry” Edition. This release had been made to fix a
number of potential security related issues and more annoying bugs. Work
continues on 2.2.0 and again we do not plan on further releases of 2.0.x
except where critical issues arise. phpBB is the worlds leading Open Source
flat style discussion forum software.

POPSurgeon v1.2

POPSurgeon goal is to use an ISP server as backup for emails (or to remove
sensitive email from said server). It achieves this goal by allowing one to
remove unwanted email from the server. The third release of POPSurgeon is
now available. This release allows the inspection of message by looking at
the header, the body or both. POPSurgeon is a program to perform discrete
deletion on a POP3 server.

Posadis 0.60.0

Finally, after nine months of hard work, Posadis 0.60.0 is ready! Posadis
0.60.0, which is a complete re-write of Posadis, now supports caching and
resolving, it has a plug-in system, and it can monitor your files for
activity. Also, I hope the 100% CPU usage problems of Posadis 0.50.x now
finally belong to the past.

Open POSIX Test Suite version 1.2.0

POSIX Test Suite 1.2.0 is a significant release because of its complete
threads core conformance tests, timers core conformance tests, complete
signals, message queues, and semaphores conformance tests! Also there are
added important POSIX functions such as the ones associated with sys/mman.h
(thanks to Jerome M.). Bug fixes from previous release as well.

jfox release 1.0 DR

jfox 1.0 Development Release with a fast scaleable ejb container and a lot
of excited features, but DR version is not the final version, only a preview
for java developers interested in jfox, the final version is in
developing… please download the package and look the docs for more
infomation. The JFox is an Open Source, standards-compliant, J2EE based
application server implemented in 100% Pure Java, It comes from China.

STAF V2.5.0

STAF (Software Testing Automation Framework) Version .5.0 is now available.
The Software Testing Automation ramework (STAF) is a framework designed to
improve the level of reuse and automation in test cases and test
environments. The goal of STAF is to provide a complete end-to-end
automation solution for testers.

Symbio 1.6

Symbio 1.6 is out, with exciting new features such as IP banning and
themable statistics, plus lots of tweaks for your convenience. Got a blog?
Then you’ll definitely want this commenting system. It’s got lots of cool
features, including themes, multi-language support, smileys, text styling
and statistics, and best of all, it’s free software! (Written in perl)

Exult 1.1Beta1

Exult is a complete game engine for running Ultima 7 on a variety of
operating systems, and also includes ExultStudio, allowing you to make your
own mods or even completely new games. This release includes many bug fixes
and usability enhancements, including combat improvements, OGG Vorbis
support, additional artwork, party-formation, and the port to the Zaurus. In
addition, ExultStudio has been upgraded to use GTK-2.x, and has had many
bugs fixed.

giFT 0.11.3

giFT is a project designed to completely abstract low-level filesharing
protocol communication while allowing seamless support for multiple
networks. Currently available plugins include: OpenFT, Gnutella, and
FastTrack (third party). This release features only build environment
improvements and new command line options to override the local, home,
plugin, and data directories that giFT was configured to use. This feature
is currently only being used by the poisoned developers to package a mostly
self-contained giFT installation.


Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition
Version 1.4.2


The Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v1.4.2 is an upgrade release of the Java platform. It contains new features and enhancements in many functional areas
This document summarizes known bugs, workarounds, and other important issues to be aware of in this release. For further information, refer to the following links:

Enhancements and Changes in J2SE 1.4.2 Platform

Download page

Optimizeit Enterprise


Optimizeit Enterprise Suite combines the capabilities of Optimizeit Suite
5.5 with additional developer-centric J2EE profiling capabilities to address
the special needs of J2EE developers. This augments the Java code level
performance tracking provided by Optimizeit Suite by giving J2EE developers
the ability to profile applications at the J2EE component level during

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