outZider writes: "Haiku, the open source reimplementation of BeOS has reached Alpha 1 today. Inspired by, and API-compatible with, BeOS 5, Haiku aims to continue the traditions of a highly multithreaded, efficient, and simple operating system with ties to multimedia, development, and more. Years of work went into this, and it's a huge milestone worth checking out."
outZider writes: "Parrot 1.0.0 was released last night! The release of Parrot 1.0 provides the first "stable" release to developers, with a supportable, stable API for language developers to build from. For those who don't know, Parrot is a virtual machine for dynamic languages like Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby, and is best known as the virtual machine for Rakudo, the reference implementation of Perl 6."
outZider writes: "Jim Butterfield passed away last night at 1:30 in the morning from complications from cancer, according to a thread in comp.sys.cbm. He inspired many a geek who hacked their way through a Commodore 64 in the old days. He certainly helped me explore the inner workings of these machines, and how to write better code. He will be missed."