Peter writes: "Avanti MicroLCS  version 1.0 beta 2 has been released. New in beta 2 is a standalone GUI client application. It has the same clean, elegant look and feel of the Applet client, but it does not need to run in a web browser. This makes it possible to deploy Avanti MicroLCS in environments where a web server and browser may not be available or needed. Also in this release are a number of bug fixes, improvements to the API and the user interface. Attention turns to beta 3 development, which will focus on very intensive debugging, testing, and refactoring of the existing system. The aim is to ensure that what exists is rock solid in every way, is scalable, and works extremely well."