First Stable Release for LibreOffice and JSRs Pass Votes
PLUS, bug fixes for Redis 2.20 RC4 and GlassFish 3.0.1 Patch 2 release.
Bug Fixes for Redis 2.2.0 RC4
Version 2.2.0 RC4 of the Redis open source, advanced key-value store has been released. This is a bug fix and minor enhancement release, which fixes a timeout error in replication and removes a portability issue in redis-benchmark. This RC also adds explicit PING between master and slave, for detecting when a link is down, even if the socket apparently remains connected. It can be downloaded now.
Simon Phipps Speaks Out on SouJava Nomination
Former Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, Simon Phipps has written about Oracle’s decision to fill Apache’s vacated JCP EC seat with the SouJava Brazilian Java User group, represented by Bruno Souza. He calls this “a very astute move by Oracle” and acknowledges that this is the best possible outcome, given the circumstances. “I hope Bruno and SouJava will be able to use their new position of influence to fix the broken things (like the NDA secrecy and the ability to have FOSS-hostile licensing terms on JSRs)” he writes.
First Stable Release for LibreOffice
The Document Foundation have announced the first stable release of LibreOffice. Version 3.3 of the free office suite adds functionality for importing and working with SVG files, a “more-helpful” Navigator Tool for Writer, and document import filters for Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro. It also comes with new extensions that provide PDF import capabilities, a slide-show presenter console and an improved report builder. More information is available at the New Features page. According to the announcement, there are now over 100 developers hacking LibreOffice. “Thanks to the high number of new contributors having been attracted into the project, the source code is quickly undergoing a major clean-up to provide a better foundation for future development of LibreOffice,” reads the announcement.
Second Commercial Patch for GlassFish
GlassFish 3.0.1 Patch 2 (or GlassFish 188.8.131.52, if you prefer) has been released as part of Oracle’s Commercial GlassFish offering. This patch fixes seven bugs, listed at the announcement. The first patch has been withdrawn due to package information incompatibility.
LLVM Plugin for Eclipse CDT
Version 0.2.0 of the LLVM plugin for Eclipse CDT has been released. This plugin compiles C/C++ program code with the LLVM toolchain, and comes with an assembler, archiver, linker, compilers Clang and llvm-gcc. The CDT Internal builder and GNU make builder work in co-operation with LLVM toolchain. The plugin can be downloaded from Google Code now.
JPA 2.1 and JAX-RS 2.0 JSRs Pass Vote
The JPA 2.1 and JAX-RS 2.0 JSRs have passed the voting process, both with eleven notes in their favour and zero ‘no’ votes, with two EC members declining to vote. Both IBM and VMware made it clear that they were voting for JSR 338 based on its “technical merits” and not its licensing terms, a fact which IBM reiterated when voting for JSR 339. The expert groups are currently forming.
Over 1,000 Fixes for HBase Hadoop Database
Version 0.90.0 of the HBase Hadoop database has been announced, with over 1,000 issues closed since 0.20.0. Bloom filters and inter-cluster/inter-DB replication have been added, and bul loading has been improved. For more information on the numerous fixes, please see the What’s New in HBase 0.90 slide presentation.
Plugin for Eclipse Developers Working with CSV Files
Version 1.0.1 of the csvedit Eclipse plugin CSV Editor has been released. This plugin is aimed at developers using Eclipse as an IDE to work with CSV files. Planned functionality includes customising view with filtering column, sorting columns, and the ability to insert/delete rows. Version 1.0.1 can be downloaded from the Google Code website now.
DBSight J2EE Search Platform 4.1.1 Released
Version 4.1.1 of the DBSight J2EE search platform has been released. This version adds an option for disabling narrowBy(facet) search, and automatically supports JSON callback by setting the content type and encoding to JSON data. DBSight offers hierarchical facet search, and single-valued facets, multi-valued facets and range facets search.