Microsoft has announced
that it will be contributing to the OpenStreetMap project. "As a
Principal Architect for Bing Mobile, Steve will help develop better mapping
experiences for our customers and partners, and lead efforts to engage with
OpenStreetMap and other open source and open data projects. As a first
step in this engagement, we plan to enable access to Bing's global
orthorectified aerial imagery, as a backdrop of OSM editors. Also,
Microsoft is working on new tools to better enable contributions to
" Here, "Steve" is Steve Coast, the founder of OpenStreetMap.
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Novell has announced
the company's sale to Attachmate for $6.10/share. More ominously:
"Novell also announced it has entered into a definitive agreement for
the concurrent sale of certain intellectual property assets to CPTN
Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft
Corporation, for $450 million in cash, which cash payment is reflected in
the merger consideration to be paid by Attachmate Corporation.
Information on what the "certain intellectual property assets" are is
scarce at the moment. (Thanks to Jeff Schroeder).
Update: Novell's 8K
filing is available with a bit more information. The "certain
intellectual property" is 882 patents. There is also an escape clause for
Novell should somebody come along with an offer for the company that includes
buying the patents.
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Attachmate has released a brief
about its plans for SUSE and openSUSE. ""The openSUSE project is an important part of the SUSE business," commented Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation. "As noted in the agreement announced today, Attachmate plans to operate SUSE as a stand-alone business unit after the transaction closes. If this transaction closes, then after closing, Attachmate Corporation anticipates no change to the relationship between the SUSE business and the openSUSE project as a result of this transaction."
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The Open Source Automation Development Lab launched a quality assurance
farm that contains a number of test racks with various desktop and embedded
computer systems. "They are equipped with a candidate of the "Latest
Stable" real-time Linux kernel and undergo continuous testing. All test
results and configuration data of all systems are available online at
osadl.org/QA. As far as we know, this is
the first QA farm of its kind; we are convinced that it represents an
important step towards a generally accepted and validated real-time
operating system for the automation industry.
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Articles of interest
The Harvard Business Review thinks
that Google is in trouble
because handset vendors can change the
default search engine on Android phones. "What's the endgame here?
Well, with both handset manufacturers and networks increasingly becoming
commoditized, each are desperate to find new sources of revenue. Between
them, the most valuable thing they have is control over what goes on the
phone right before it reaches the customer: what apps, and what
search. This is exactly what Google needs to control as the future shifts
to the mobile web.
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Gervase Markham is running
an unofficial survey
on whether or not the Mozilla Public License v2
should be compatible with the GPL. "I personally believe that most
or all groups who are currently licensing their software under the MPL
(only) would not mind, or actively desire, GPL compatibility, and the new
MPL should give them the opportunity to choose it. I think most free
software developers see licensing as a pain, and license incompatibility as
a double pain, and would much rather everything were upwardly compatible
with everything else. To test this belief, and so we can appropriately publicize the new version of the MPL when it comes out, I am creating a list of MPLed projects. If you know of an MPLed project please add it to the list. And I want to hear from those projects as to whether they are opposed to, in favour of, or indifferent to, GPL compatibility for existing projects being put into MPL 2. Have a discussion on your mailing list and let me know the outcome.
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Calls for Presentations
There will be a workshop on using Python for High Performance and
Scientific Computing as part of the International Conference on
Computational Science (ICCS 2011). The workshop will be held in Tsukuba,
Japan, June 1-3, 2011. The call for papers is open until January 10,
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Events: December 2, 2010 to January 31, 2011
The following event listing is taken from the
||London Perl Workshop 2010
||London, United Kingdom
|PGDay Europe 2010
||Open Source Conference Fukuoka 2010
|PyPy Leysin Winter Sprint
||Ubuntu Developer Day
|Southwest Drupal Summit 2011
||Houston, Texas, USA
|FUDCon Tempe 2011
||Tempe, Arizona, USA
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