Logilab has just released Narval 1.1b1 What is Narval? Narval is a framework (language + interpreter + GUI/IDE) dedicated to the setting up of intelligent personal assistants (IPAs). An Intelligent Personal Assitant is a companion that will help you in your daily work in the information world. It runs on your machine or on a remote server, and you can communicate with it via all standard means (email, web, telnet, phone, specific GUI, etc). It executes recipes (sequences of actions) you wrote, to perform a wide range of tasks, such as prepare your morning newspaper, help you surf the web by filtering out junk ads, keep searching the web day after day for things you want, participe in on-line auctions, learn you interests and bring you back valuable information, take care of repetitive chores, answer e-mail, negociate the date and time of a meeting, and much more... It is easy to extend the built in action library by writing new actions in Python. What's new in 1.1b1? Well, first of all, we've dropped support for python 1.5.2, so you'll need python 2.1 to run this new version of Narval. Then Horn has been deeply refactored. It's still a bit slower than we'd like, but we believe it's much nicer to use; we are now using gettext for localisation of the code (a french version of the gui is available). Several internal changes have also been made in the interpreter, resulting most noticeably in speed improvements. Last, but not least, we now have a fully functionnal setup.py script, thanks to much code by Fourthought. Check the changelog (ftp://ftp.logilab.org/pub/narval/CHANGELOG) for more information. The download site is ftp://ftp.logilab.org/pub/narval/ Please keep us posted if you encounter any installation or utilisation problem. Alexandre Fayolle -- LOGILAB, Paris (France). http://www.logilab.com http://www.logilab.fr http://www.logilab.org Narval, the first software agent available as free software (GPL).