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ClearHealth Forums Available (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews reports on the launch of new forums for ClearHealth. "ClearHealth is a next generation practice management system and EMR. This php based system takes DNA from the FreeMED and OpenEMR projects. It is based on the Smarty templating engine. ClearHealth uses the FreeB2 medical billing engine. The ClearHealth Project now has a discussion Forum."

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Fedora Extras: Get involved more easily!

The Fedora Extras project has announced a new automated system for accessing CVS. "If you'd like to become a Fedora Extras developer, but the process of getting CVS access seemed too slow before, please visit to use the new automated system."

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An injunction against Fortinet for GPL violations

A district court in Munich has granted a preliminary injunction against Fortinet Inc., preventing it from distributing its products in Germany. It turns out that the company's "FortiOS" was just Linux, hidden behind a bit of crypto. "'This violation by Fortinet is especially egregious since the vendor not only violated the GPL, but actively tried to hide that violation,' said Harald Welte, Linux Kernel developer and founder of the project. 'We are not in any way opposed to the commercial use of Free and Open Source Software and there is no legal risk of using GPL licensed software in commercial products. But vendors have to comply with the license terms, just like they would have to with any other software license agreement.'" Click below for the announcement from the project.

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NLnet sponsors Parrot (use Perl)

Use Perl has announced that NLnet will be sponsoring development work on Parrot, the Perl 6 virtual machine. "Allison writes "NLnet, a non-profit organization supporting open source network technology research and development, announced on Friday that it will sponsor US $70,000 of Parrot development work. The funding will go to Leopold Tötsch who has been the pumpking for Parrot since 2003 and Chip Salzenberg who recently stepped into the role of chief architect for Parrot."

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Commercial announcements

Centrify Certifies DirectControl Suite for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

Centrify Corporation has announced support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. "Centrify Corporation today announced Red Hat Ready certification of DirectControl(TM) which integrates Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux 4 environments into Microsoft's Active Directory. As a member of the Red Hat Ready Partner program, Centrify has added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to its existing product line, which already includes support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 and 3 as well as Fedora Core 3."

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ESP Print Pro 4.5.4

Version 4.5.4 of ESP Print Pro has been announced. "Easy Software Products today announced the release of ESP Print Pro v4.5.4, a complete cross-platform printing solution. The product is based on the company's Common UNIX Printing System technology and is available for AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, MacOS X, and Solaris. A separate client printing package is available for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, and 2003. ESP Print Pro 4.5.4 fixes two GUI crash bugs and problems with the German localization."

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OPERA 8 Web Browser Released

Opera Software has launched a new version of its browser, Opera 8 for Windows and Linux. Internet users can now surf the Web faster, safer and easier than before. Opera 8 is a substantial upgrade from previous versions, and includes new features such as a security information field that indicates the trustworthiness of banking and shopping Web sites and voice interaction capabilities.

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PIKA Technologies launches LinuxOnDemand Program

PIKA Technologies has launched its LinuxOnDemand Program for developers of voice and fax solutions. "In support of the ever-increasing number of Linux developers, PIKA Technologies announced today a program that will make available versions of their SDK (API and drivers) that run on an expanded number of Linux distributions/kernels (distros)."

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SGI announces new Open IT Platform

SGI has announced its new Prism systems, which are aimed at video processing applications. "By integrating industry standards-based, 64-bit Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors, the 64-bit Linux(R) scalability found in SGI Altix high-performance server products, and scalable ATI(R) graphics processors (GPUs), SGI offers a system to solve the most demanding content creation and management at a dramatic new price point."

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SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail betas launched

Global Internet Telephony Company Skype has announced a beta launch of SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail. "SkypeIn provides an affordable, flexible alternative to costly mobile phone roaming charges with SkypeIn personal numbers. SkypeIn customers can receive inbound calls to their Skype client from fixed telephones or mobile phones while they travel worldwide, providing seamless interconnectivity without having to pay costly roaming charges. Skype Voicemail enables users to manage incoming voicemail messages, making their Skype usage more ubiquitous."

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TransactTools Announces Partnership with QuickFIX

TransactTools has announced a partnership with QuickFIX. "TransactTools, the leading provider of enterprise solutions for electronic trading connectivity, announced today a new partnership with QuickFIX, the freely-availableopen source FIX engine project. Under the terms of the partnership, TransactTools will contribute source code, resources, and support to QuickFIX."

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Major Contracts Awarded to 'VA Quest' Linux Kernel Solution Service

VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux) has announced that several Japanese companies have awarded early contracts to VA Quest, a new VA Linux failure analysis solution service for Linux kernel launched earlier this month.

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Versant Proposes to Lead Open Source JSR220 in Eclipse Community

Versant Corporation has announced that it has proposed to lead a new Eclipse community project for standards-based, object-relational mapping. JSR220 is the specification defining the standard for object-relational mapping in Java.

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New Books

"Ant: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition" Released by O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Ant: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Steve Holzner.

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Firefox and Thunderbird Garage released by Prentice Hall

Prentice Hall PTR has announced the publication of Firefox & Thunderbird Garage by Chris Hofmann and Marcia Knous.

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"Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security" Released by O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security by Yanek Korff, Paco Hope, and Bruce Potter.

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"Network Security Tools" Released by O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Network Security Tools by Nitesh Dhanjani and Justin Clarke.

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"Snort Cookbook" Released by O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Snort Cookbook by Angela Orebaugh, Simon Biles, and Jacob Babbin.

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"Test Driving Linux" Released by O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Test Driving Linux by David Brickner.

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Chapter 3 of New CUPS Manual - Standard Printer Options

Chapter 3 of the CUPS printing system Manual is online. Standard Printer Options are covered.

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Fibre Channel State of the Union

Christoph Hellwig has posted a new Fibre Channel state of the union document. "With the upcoming merge of the current SCSI development branch (probably after the 2.6.12 release), Linux will have more advanced Fibre Channel support than any currently available operating system."

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LPI February/March 2005 Newsletter

The February/March 2005 edition of the LPI newsletter is online with the latest Linux Professional Institute news.

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Patent Resource Page (Groklaw)

Groklaw introduces a new Patent page, a collection of patent resources around the web.

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A Reading List for Linux in the Classroom (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal has assembled a reading list for educational purposes. "Below is a reading list that you may find interesting and useful. Specifically, the HOWTO articles that describe using Samba as a primary domain controller (PDC) in a mixed Linux and Windows environment and using OpenLDAP for single sign-on should prove useful."

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Comprehensive guide on RPM building released

Guru Labs has announced a new guide on RPM building. "Guru Labs has released a section of our courseware under a Creative Commons license that has very comprehensive coverage of building RPMs. It has treatment of the whole spectrum of issues including making proper patches, the menu specification, and ancillary files like logrotate.d files, cron.*/ files, SysV init files along with chkconfig, etc."

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Contests and Awards

USENIX Honors GNOME and KDE Architects for Contributions to Open Source Community

The USENIX Association has awarded GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza and KDE creator Mattias Ettrich the Software Tools User Group (STUG) award for their accomplishments in developing user friendly graphical user interfaces for the open source desktop.

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KDE Art: digiKam Contest, Icon Marathon, KDE Logo Worldwide (KDE.News)

KDE.News has several announcements concerning the development of KDE artwork. "The KDE artist community has been busy recently. The winners of the digiKam contest have been announced, has had a major update and the KDE logo is on a worldwide tour. Coming soon are The First Annual Icon Marathon, a completely new and improved KDE Artist website and introducing Kollaboration, where your art meets their code!"

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Linux Developers Embrace Non-Commercial Distributions

Evans Data Corp. has released a new Linux Development Survey. "As Linux has matured and found an ever increasing foothold on developer and end user machines, there has been a noted preference for commercial versions of Linux over non-commercial versions. The main reason for the allegiance to commercial Linux has been support that’s less available for the non-commercial versions. But, as the knowledge base of Linux and its own special set of installation and maintenance issues grows, the need to rely on support has diminished and the largest increase in responses to the question “What is the biggest advantage of a commercial version of Linux?” was “None”, which grew by my than 50% in the last six months."

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Upcoming Events

Evolution of Open-Source Code Bases (EVOSC05)

A deadline extension has been given for paper submissions to the Evolution of Open-Source Code Bases (EVOSC05) conference. The event will be held in Genova, Italy on July 11, 2005.

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Linux Audio Conference 2005 Live Audio/Video streams

The Linux Audio Conference 2005 will have live audio and video streams available. The event takes place in Karlsruhe, Germany on April 21-24.

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AstriCon Europe 2005 to Be Held in Madrid in June

Digium has announced AstriCon Europe 2005. "IPsando, an information technology company focusing on Internet Protocol (IP) communications consulting and Digium, the creator of open source telephony, today announced that AstriCon Europe 2005, the first of two annual Asterisk user conferences, will be held June 15-17, 2005 at the Auditorium Madrid Hotel in Madrid, Spain."

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Austrian Perl Workshop CfP (use Perl)

A call for papers has gone out for the Austrian Perl Workshop. "The Second Austrian Perl Workshop will take place on the 9th and 10th June in Vienna, Austria."

Comments (none posted) 2005 - Call for Papers

A Call for Papers has gone out for the 2005 convention. "The purpose of the convention is to give an open and free playground where people can discuss the implication of new technologies in the society. is a balanced mix convention where technical and non-technical people can meet each others and share freely all kind of information. The convention will be held in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg on Friday/Saturday 14-15 octobre 2005."

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Announcing PAKCON II

PAKCON II, Pakistan's Underground Hacking Convention will be held in October, 2005 at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan.

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PAKCON II: Call for Papers

A Call for Papers has been posted for PAKCON II, Pakistan's Underground Hacking Convention.

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Samba eXPerience 2005

Samba eXPerience 2005 will be held in Göttingen, Germany on May 2-4, 2005.

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Events: April 21 - June 16, 2005

Date Event Location
April 21 - 23, 2005(Australian National University)Canberra, Australia
April 21, 2005MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2005(Santa Clara Convention Center)Santa Clara, CA
April 21 - 24, 20053rd International Linux Audio Conference(LAC2005)(Center for Art and Media (ZKM))Karlsruhe, Germany
April 21 - 23, 2005ACCU Conference 2005(Randolph Hotel)Oxford, England
April 21 - 23, 2005WebTech 2005Sofia, Bulgaria
April 23 - 24, 2005LayerOne Technology Conference(Pasadena Hilton)Pasadena, CA
April 25 - 30, 2005UbuntuDownUnderSydney, Australia
April 30, 2005Hurricane Electric Linux Security SeminarFremont, CA
May 2 - 7, 2005DallasCon 2005(Richardson Hotel)Dallas, TX
May 2 - 4, 2005Samba eXPerience 2005(Hotel Freizeit)Göttingen - Germany
May 2 - 5, 2005International PHP Conference(RAI Conference Center)Amsterdam, the Netherlands
May 4 - 6, 2005CanSecWest/core05Vancouver, B.C.
May 11 - 15, 2005php|tropics 2005(Moon Palace Resort)Cancun, Mexico
May 13 - 14, 2005BSDCan 2005(University of Ottawa)Ottawa, Canada
May 19 - 21, 2005GUADEC-es 2005A Coruña, Spain
May 22 - 25, 2005Gelato Federation Meeting(HP's Palo Alto and Cupertino campuses)San Jose, CA
May 23 - 26, 2005PalmSource Worldwide Mobile Summit and DevCon(Fairmont Hotel)San Jose, California
May 24 - 27, 2005XTech 2005 Conference(Amsterdam RAI Center)Amsterdam, the Netherlands
May 25 - 26, 2005Linux World New York Summit 2005(New York City Marriott Marquis)New York, NY
May 28 - 29, 2005Linux Unix Group of Bulgaria SeminarStara Zagora, Bulgaria
May 29 - 31, 2005GNOME Users and Developers European Conference(GUADEC 2005)Stuttgart, Germany
June 1 - 3, 2005The Red Hat Summit 2005(Hilton New Orleans)New Orleans, LA
June 1 - 4, 2005Fórum Internacional Software Livre(FISL)Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil
June 9 - 10, 2005Austrian Perl Workshop(Kapsch CarrierCom)Vienna, Austria
June 11, 2005PHP WestVancouver, BC, Canada
June 15 - 17, 2005AstriCon Europe 2005(Auditorium Madrid Hotel)Madrid, Spain

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Web sites

Mozilla Update Relaunches (MozillaZine)

MozillaZine has an announcement for the newly reopened Mozilla Update site. ""In case you haven't noticed, the UMO Developer Control Panel has officially reopened! Also included with the site update are a new search engine (not Google!), real RDF parsing for install.rdf, security bug fixes, and the ability to post comments. UMO is also looking for volunteers to review extensions and soon more people to help do PHP coding.""

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