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Non-Commercial announcements

The return of Citizens Against Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste has sent out a press release complaining about the plan in Massachusetts to standardize on open document formats. "'It is bad procurement policy for any state to unilaterally lock itself into one set of technologies,' CAGW President Tom Schatz said. 'Agencies should be able to accept bids from any company that can provide the desired product or service. Government earns the best value for taxpayer dollars through a competitive, transparent, and accountable bidding process.'" Presumably it is just fine for the state to lock itself into proprietary formats. For those who don't remember, these are the folks who have been accused of recruiting dead people to the anti-Linux cause in the past.

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Nokia Joins Eclipse Foundation as Strategic Developer and Board Member

Nokia has joined the Eclipse Foundation. "Nokia and the Eclipse Foundation today announced that Nokia has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic Developer and Board member. Nokia will support the work of the Eclipse open source community by contributing software and developers to a proposed new Eclipse project. As a Strategic Developer in the Eclipse Foundation, Nokia will lead a project to create a framework for mobile Java developer tools, including complete tooling support for J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition)."

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OSV to States: Follow Massachusetts in Open Document Standards

Australia's Open Source Victoria has sent out a public announcement concerning open file formats in government. "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has announced the adoption of the OpenDocument XML file format as its preferred method for storing government documents. In doing so, Massachusetts joins the Australian Federal Government in adopting this format for long-term electronic document storage. Open Source Victoria calls on all remaining Australian states and government agencies to also adopt this format, as it is the only viable approach to ensuring guaranteed access to public sector documents and data in perpetuity."

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Commercial announcements

Dell releases its first Linux consumer product with Mandriva

Mandriva has announced the availability of a Dell Laptop pre-loaded With Mandriva Linux. "Mandriva worked with Dell to certify this first consumer laptop, which is now being sold direct to students by Dell. The company ensured the optimum integration of its Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 - a major hit in recent Linux downloads and reviews - with Dell's Latitude 110L. The certified computer is a WIFI 1,4 to 1,7 GHZ mobile Celeron or Pentium M, with 256 to 1280 MB of ram, and a DVD Drive."

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Linbox improves the Linbox Rescue Server

Linbox has announced improvements to its Linbox Rescue Server (LRS). "Thanks to the LRS, it is probably the first time ever a cloning software allows to create optimized images of systems including a LVM (Logical Volume Manager) 1 or 2 layer."

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Mandriva revamps partner program

Mandriva has introduced a revamped partner program. "With the new program, Mandriva looks to enhance the privileged relationship established with partners. "The biggest truth that we have learned from our experiences during the recent years is that close strategic partnerships are vital to optimize growth and long-term success. With our new partner program we want to provide more efficient services to our partners," explains Gaurav Parakh, Partner Business manager. The program is expected to help partners increase their business, penetrate new and emerging markets, as well as better adapt offerings to their customers' needs."

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MontaVista Linux on blades

Sun Microsystems has announced its upcoming Netra ATCA (advanced telecom computing architecture) blade server powered with the multi-core AMD Opteron processor will be sold with a choice of Solaris 10 or MontaVista Linux.

Artesyn Communication Products has announced that its PICMG 2.16, AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, ProcessorPMC blades and modules, will come with MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux.

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Opera now ad banner free

Opera Software has removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for free download.

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Red Hat GFS Now Supported by Oracle, EMC and NetApp

Red Hat, Inc. has announced support for its Red Hat Global File System (GFS) by Oracle, EMC and NetApp. "Red Hat GFS is the open source cluster file system designed for high-performance enterprise workloads, such as Oracle RAC, web and application server clusters. GFS makes it possible to manage a cluster of servers and shared storage as if it were a single system, by providing a common cluster-wide filesystem."

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Polycom Chooses Red Hat to Manage Storage Clusters

Polycom has migrated to Red Hat GFS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. "Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced today that Polycom has chosen Red Hat Global File System (GFS) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to accelerate the software development cycles for two key product lines by as much as 40 times over legacy UNIX systems."

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Versora and Win4Lin Announce Linux Desktop Migration and Virtualization Toolkit

Versora and Win4Lin have announced their Complete Linux Desktop Migration and Virtualization Toolkit. "The bundled software package includes Versora's Progression Desktop which automates the migration of data, application and system settings from Windows desktops to Linux as well as Win4Lin Pro, which runs Windows 2000/XP applications and OS on Linux."

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Zend Technologies Announces Zend Platform 2

Zend Technologies, Inc. has announced Zend Platform 2. "This new version of the first-ever management platform for PHP applications uniquely delivers the reliability, scalability and interoperability required for business critical applications. Zend Platform 2 brings enhanced application performance and simplified data synchronization."

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New Books

No Starch Press Releases "The Debian System"

No Starch Press has published the book The Debian System by Martin F. Krafft.

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RT Essentials - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book RT Essentials by Jesse Vincent, Robert Spier, Dave Rolsky, Darren Chamberlain and Richard Foley.

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No Starch Press Releases: "The TCP/IP Guide"

No Starch Press has published the book The TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok. "At long last, network professionals, internetworking educators, and students have a comprehensive and user-friendly desk reference for TCP/IP."

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The LDP Weekly News

The September 14, 2005 edition of the Linux Documentation Project Weekly News is online with the latest new documentation releases.

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Linux training materials now available free (NewsForge)

NewsForge covers the release of a Linux training course. "In 1995, Dr. Giovanni Orlando wrote FTLinuxCourse, a detailed training course written in HTML for some of his clients who were using Caldera OpenLinux. Last month, Orlando released the current version for free download at"

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Samba PDC and Kolab with OpenLDAP: integration

Tomasz Chmielewski has written a HOWTO on integrating a Samba/OpenLDAP environment with Kolab. "This article explains how to add Kolab Groupware functionality to your existing Samba/OpenLDAP setup."

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Contests and Awards

Clarkson University wins first TuxMasters invitational (NewsForge)

NewsForge looks at Clarkson University's success in the TuxMasters Invitational coding competition. "Clarkson University may not be the first institute of higher learning that comes up when you're discussing sports, science, or stature, but the Potsdam, New York-based university is at the top of its class for bringing Linux learning to real-world data centers. The 3,000-student university took top honors at the first-ever TuxMasters Invitational coding competition, which awarded Clarkson both first and second place in the intercollegiate contest."

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Upcoming Events

The Libre Graphics Meeting

The Libre Graphics Meeting (originally GimpCon 2006) will take place in Lyon, France on March 17-19, 2006.

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LPI Offers Free Certification Exams at LinuxWorld UK

The Linux Professional Institute will hold free Linux certification exams at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in London, England on October 5 and 6, 2005.

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MySQL Users Conference 2006 - Call for Participation

A Call for Participation has gone out for the 2006 MySQL Users Conference. The event will take place in Santa Clara, CA on April 24-27, 2006. Submissions are due by November 7, 2005.

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Open Source Desktop Workshop, San Diego

The 2005 Open Source Desktop Workshop will be held on October 13 and 14 in San Diego, California.

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@System Security Conference, Pisa

The 2005 @System Security Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy on October 13, 2005.

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Univa Grid Technology Pioneers to Present at Multiple Industry Conferences

Univa Corporation has announced a series of grid events this fall in Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Newton, Mass. "Univa Corporation, the leading provider of commercial software and professional services for open source Globus(R) software, will be presenting at several open source software and grid events this quarter. Steve Tuecke, Univa CEO and co-founder, will be discussing the benefits of using open source, standards-based grid infrastructure software to support the next-generation data center."

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Zend/PHP Conference and Expo 2005 Program Announced

The program for the Zend/PHP Conference and Expo 2005 has been announced. "The conference theme is "Power Your Business With PHP" and features keynote addresses from Marc Andreessen, Google VP Adam Bosworth, and executives from IBM, Oracle & Intel. Featured speakers include Michael Radwin of Yahoo!, Adam Trachtenberg of eBay, Joyce Park of, George Schlossnagle & Wez Furlong of OmniTI, and, of course, Zeev Suraski & Andi Gutmans."

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Events: September 22 - November 17, 2005

Date Event Location
September 22 - 23, 2005New Security Paradigms Workshop(NSPW)(UCLA Conference Center)Lake Arrowhead, California
September 23 - 24, 2005Sixth Symposium on Trends in Functional Programming(TFP 2005)Tallinn, Estonia
September 26 - 29, 2005Hack in the Box Security Conference(HITBSecConf2005)Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 26 - 30, 2005IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing(Cluster 2005)Boston, Massachusetts
September 28 - 30, Conference 2005(OO.oCon)Koper (Capodistria), Slovenia
September 30 - October 2, 2005LinuconAustin, Texas
October 1, 2005Ohio LinuxFest 2005Columbus, OH
October 2 - 5, 2005Gelato October 2005 Meeting for Linux on ItaniumPorto Alegre, Brazil
October 5 - 6, 2005LinuxWorld LondonOlympia, London, UK
October 5 - 7, 2005Web 2.0 Conference(Argent Hotel)San Francisco, CA
October 6, 2005Fedora Users and Developers Conference(FUDCon London)(LinuxWorld Conference and Expo UK)London, UK
October 7 - 9, 2005Indie Games Con 2005(IGC)Eugene, Oregon
October 8 - 10, 2005GNOME Boston Summit(Gates Building)Cambridge, MA
October 8, 2005LinuxForum BOF-dagDenmark
October 12 - 13, 2005IT Underground(ITU)Warsaw, Poland
October 13 - 14, 2005Open Source Desktop WorkshopsSan Diego, CA
October 13, 2005@System Security ConferencePisa, Italy
October 14 - 15, 2005HackLu 2005(Chambre des Metiers)Kirchberg, Luxembourg
October 14 - 16, 2005Blender Conference 2005(De Waag)Amsterdam, the Netherland
October 16 - 23, 2005piksel05Bergen, Norway
October 17 - 20, 2005O'Reilly European Open Source Convention(EuroOSCON)(NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)Amsterdam, the Netherlands
October 18 - 21, 2005Zend/PHP Conference and Expo 2005(Hyatt Regency SF Airport Hotel)Burlingame, CA
October 18, 2005Dynamic Languages Symposium 2005(DLS05)San Diego, CA
October 19 - 21, 2005Australian Unix Users Group Conference 2005(AUUG)Sydney, Australia
October 24 - 28, 200512th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference(Red Lion Hotel)Portland, Oregon
October 30, 2005
October 31 - November 11, 2005
Ubuntu Below Zero(downtown Holiday Inn)Montreal, Canada
November 6 - 9, 2005International PHP Conference 2005Frankfurt, Germany
November 7 - 9, 2005Open Source Database Conference 05(NH-Hotel Frankfurt-Mörfelden)Frankfurt, Germany
November 8 - 9, 2005Association Française des Utilisateurs de PHP(AFUP)Paris, France
November 13 - 15, 2005Firebird Conference 2005(Hotel Olsanka)Prague, Czech Republic
November 15 - 18, 2005Embedded Technology 2005(ET2005)Yokohama, Japan
November 15 - 17, 2005LinuxWorld GermanyFrankfurt, Germany

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Web sites

ODBMS.ORG Launches Portal on Object Databases

The new ODBMS.ORG portal has been announced. "ODBMS.ORG, a vendor-independent, non-profit group of high-profile software experts lead by Prof. Roberto Zicari, today announced the launch of ODBMS.ORG (, the Internet¹s most up-to-date educational and research portal on object database technology. This initiative is the first of its kind in nearly two decades, since first-generation object-oriented databases emerged in the early 1990s and subsequently fell dormant."

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Audio and Video programs

Beta Broadcast 001: 'Is this thing on?' (O'ReillyNet)

O'Reilly has launched a downloadable audio program. "In this pilot of O'Reilly's audio magazine program "Distributing the Future" Phil Torrone of Make magazine says you may not want to upgrade your PSP 2.0, Nat Torkington previews the upcoming debut of a new Open Source conference to be held in Amsterdam in mid October, David Smith and Doc Searls discuss issues of identity, Chris Adamson tells you how to get started with the game, the exercise, the cult: dance dance revolution, David Pogue has tips on using Spotlight on Mac OS X Tiger, and our featured "FOO Cast" is Richard Giles' Gadget show interview with John Batelle."

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