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DRAG.NET - Windows to Linux Migration Considered as a Vaudeville Routine. DRAG.NET is a semi-serious skit that was performed by Rob Landley, Catherine Raymond, and Eric Raymond at LinuxWorld; you'll learn all about what it took to get Catherine moved over to a Linux system. "We booked KWord on a 305: being kind of pointless. Even if you only read in the text and lose all the formatting, the ability to at least view the file format in which 95% of all business documents are currently being produced (ugly or not) is essential to any serious word processor. Utilities like antiword and wv have been out for years. There is no excuse for not being able to extract at least the ASCII."
Radio Free Linux. Here's an amusing project: in honor of the fourth anniversary of the "Open Source" term, Radio Free Linux will go on the air (and, of course, on the net via a proper Ogg Vorbis stream) featuring a speech robot reading out the Linux kernel source code. They estimate that it will take almost 600 days to get through the whole thing, so it's probably not something you want to use as a download technique.
Conference on Unix and Accessibility. A Unix Accessibility series will be held at the CSUN conference on March 21, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. New accessibility features of GNOME 2.0 and Java will be presented.
FOSDEM FSF Award Ceremony. The fourth FSF Award Ceremony will be held at FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday, February 16, 2002.
Free Software Award at University of Osnabrück, Germany. A new Free Software Award has been given out. "The 'Intevation-Award for Free Software' was given out the first time at the award ceremony held in the historical building of Osnabrück's university. Elmar Ludwig and Andreas Beyer were publically acknowledged for their achievement at the university for Free Software and received a total of 750 Euro." (Thanks to Bernhard Reiter).
YAPC Calls for Participation. The Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC) call for participation has been posted. "Submitted papers are due May 1, and registration will begin by February 15."
Calling All Mongers Groups (use Perl). Dan Sugalski is assembling a list of active Perl monger groups, and is seeking information on new groups.
Association of C & C++ Users (ACCU). The Association of C & C++ Users (ACCU) will be holding a conference in Gaydon, England during April 3-6, 2002.
LinuxTag 2002 Call for Papers. LinuxTag 2002 will be held June 6 to 9 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Call For Papers has gone out for those who would like to present at the event. The submission deadline is February 28.
wineconf 2002. wineconf 2002 is the first conference dedicated to the Wine project; it will be held on March 15 and 16 in San Diego, California. The conference is being funded by Lindows, to the point of paying expenses for the key Wine developers. (Thanks to Uwe Bonnes).
Events: February 7 - April 4, 2002.
Alterslash - the unofficial Slashdot digest. For those who find full frontal Slashdot to be a bit much: Alterslash presents the main topics with a small selection of highly-rated comments. There's even cute little plots of comment posting over time.
Section Editor: Forrest Cook.
February 7, 2002
Here are this week's Freshmeat software announcements. Freshmeat now offers the announcements sorted in two different ways: