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Non-Commercial announcements

EU Public Licence: join the debate

The EU's IDABC Programme has released a draft of the EU public licence. Interested parties are invited to join the online discussions on the EUPL at the eGovernment Observatory's forum.

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WSIS PCT WG: WIPO should prevent software patents, shorten copyright span

The Free Software Foundation Europe has sent out a statement by the UN WSIS Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks Working Group of Civil Society concerning software patents.

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Commercial announcements

Levanta announces Linux management appliance

Levanta (once a high-flying company called Linuxcare) has announced the availability of "Intrepid M", a standalone box intended to help with the management of networks of Linux systems. "Through an intuitive interface, a Linux systems administrator with as little as two years of experience can use the Intrepid M to quickly deploy, rollback and migrate RPM-based Linux servers (whether running RedHat, SuSE, or Fedora distributions) from a central location -- all without the need to install the operating system or applications directly on computers."

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PostgreSQL Achieves Coverity Quality Certification

EnterpriseDB Corp has announced the receipt of a Coverity Quality Certification for the PostgreSQL-based RDBMS database. "EnterpriseDB Corporation, an enterprise-class database company, announced today that its PostgreSQL-based RDBMS was analyzed by Coverity Prevent, the world’s most advanced static software analysis tool, and found to contain only 20 defects in more than 775,000 lines of code. This is the lowest defect density (one defect per nearly 39,000 lines of code) reported by Coverity for an open source relational database."

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Open-Xchange to Appear at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco

Open-Xchange Inc. has announced that it will hold a demonstration of the Open-Xchange Server at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA on August 9-11, 2005. "Open-Xchange enables easy migration and integration to an open source environment -- allowing IT administrators to create and implement killer-apps without changing existing infrastructure components, i.e. databases, directory services, message transfer agents, e-mail servers or web-servers."

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Xandros extends Enterprise Linux Challenge

Xandros has extended its Enterprise Linux Challenge through September 30, 2005. "To date over 1,000 companies have signed up to qualify for a free copy of the Xandros replacement for Windows business desktops. This clear sign of enterprises being ready for Linux, surpassed even Xandros expectations. Challenge participants download a free trial of the new Version 3 of the Xandros Business Desktop Operating System (OS), which provides seamless compatibility with the latest Windows servers, including domain authentication support, logon scripts, and group policy profiles. Participants who fill in a detailed questionnaire to help Xandros identify future enterprise needs will be rewarded with a fully licensed boxed copy of the Xandros Business Desktop OS."

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New Books

C++ Books from Addison-Wesley/Prentice Hall PTR

Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall PTR have published three new C++ books.

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Book: Free software for busy people

Mohammad Al-Ubaydli has written a brief book, called Free software for busy people. It serves as a quick introduction to the free software world for people who don't want to know all the details; much of the book is about and Firefox. Linux comes in toward the end. It is available online (Creative Commons noncommercial license), or can be purchased. (Seen on BoingBoing).

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Learning Perl, Fourth Edition - O'Reilly's Newest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Learning Perl, Fourth Edition by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy.

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Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook by Ian Langworth and chromatic.

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No Starch Press publishes "Linux Made Easy"

No Starch Press has published the book Linux Made Easy: The Official Guide to Xandros 3 for Everyday Users by Rickford Grant.

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Upcoming Events

FAVE 2005: Open Source Creativity in Bristol, UK

The FAVE 2005 event will take place in Bristol, UK on August 20, 2005. "FAVE is a new event for people who are interested in free and open source creative software on Linux and other computer platforms."

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GOTO10 ASP digital sound workshop

A digital sound workshop will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on September 1-4, 2005. "In a four-day workshop hosted by V2_, sound artists Frank Barknecht and Aymeric Mansoux will introduce the basics of Audio Signal Processing (ASP) in the fields of real-time music production. This workshop specifically targets people who want to develop their work in the digital sound field or those people curious about the processes involved behind the audio software they already use."

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IBM eServer pSeries, AIX and Linux Technical Conference

IBM will be holding two instances of its eServer pSeries and Linux technical conference. the first will be held in Orlando, FL on September 12-16, 2005 and the second will be held in Barcelona, Spain on November 7-10, 2005.

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LinuxWorld London

A LinuxWorld conference will be held in Olympia, London on October 5 and 6, 2005.

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OSCON public meeting

The Open Source Initiative is holding a meeting at the upcoming OSCON event. "OSI is going to be holding a public meeting at O'Reilly's OSCON the first week of August. It's to be held on Thursday evening at 7:30PM in room D135 of the conference hotel."

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A call for papers has gone out for the 2005 Open Source Developer's Conference. The event takes place in Melbourne, Australia on December 5-7, 2005. Proposals are due by August 19.

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The Pacific Northwest Venture Capital Symposium

Strategic Research Institute has announced the Pacific Northwest Venture Capital Symposium. The event will take place in Bellevue, Washington on September 12-13, 2005.

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Python Bootcamp Back at the Big Nerd Ranch

Mark Lutz will be holding another Python Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta, Georgia on October 17-21, 2005.

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Southern California Linux Expo - Call For Papers

A Call For Papers has gone out for the Southern California Linux Expo. The event takes place near Los Angeles, CA on February 11-12, 2006. Papers are due in November.

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Events: July 28 - September 22, 2005

Date Event Location
July 28, 2005Black Hat Briefings USA 2005Las Vegas, NV
July 29 - 31, 2005DefCon 13(Alexis Park)Las Vegas, Nevada
July 31 - August 4, 20052005 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation FestivalLos Angeles, CA
July 31 - August 5, 2005USENIX Security SymposiumBaltimore, MD
August 1 - 5, 2005O'Reilly Open Source Convention(Oregon Convention Center)Portland, Oregon
August 1 - 5, 2005CIFS 2005 Conference and Plugfest(Doubletree Hotel)San Jose, CA
August 4, 2005Penguincon 2005Israel
August 4 - 7, 2005Linux 2005(University of Wales)Swansea, UK
August 8 - 11, 2005LinuxWorld Conference and Expo(Moscone Center)San Francisco, CA
August 20, 2005Free Audio and Video Event(FAVE)(Trinity Community and Arts Centre)Bristol, UK
August 27 - September 4, 2005aKademy 2005(University of Málaga)Málaga Spain
August 31 - September 2, 2005YAPC::EU::2005(University of Minho)Braga, Portugal
September 1 - 2, 2005Symposium on Security for Asia Network(SyScAN'05)(The Dusit Thani Hotel)Bangkok, Thailand
September 1, 2005GOTO10 ASP digital sound workshopRotterdam, the Netherlands
September 1 - 4, 2005GOTO10 ASP digital sound workshopRotterdam, the Netherlands
September 5 - 9, 2005International Computer Music Conference(ICMC 2005)Barcelona, Spain
September 14 - 16, 2005php|works(Holiday Inn Yorkdale)Toronto, Canada
September 16 - 18, 2005ToorCon 7(San Diego Convention Center)San Diego, CA
September 19 - 21, 2005Plone Conference 2005(Semper Depot, Lehargasse)Vienna, Austria
September 20 - 23, 2005New Security Paradigms Workshop(NSPW)(UCLA Conference Center)Lake Arrowhead, California

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Web sites

Samba Project and Developer Blogs

The Samba Project has announced two new Project and Developer Blogs. "This will be the permanent home of project lists, status updates and what is happening with a given project or feature. The site's success will really depend on developer interaction and whether or not the community finds the status information helpful."

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