Slashdot carries a story about Sun trying to speed up the UI of Java applications by using native OS looks. Sun released J2SE version 1.4.2 beta1, release notes here. Footnotes ran an interview about the integration of Java and GTK+ and they feature three screenshots. In other developer/GTK+ news, Inti 1.0.7 is released. Inti is a C++ wrapper for GTK+ (similar to gtkmm).