Non-Commercial announcementsThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released a report entitled "DMCA Triennial Rulemaking: Failing the Digital Consumer," describing why the third triennial DMCA rulemaking, currently underway before the U.S. Copyright Office, does not effectively address the concerns of American digital media consumers. In light of the shortcomings of the DMCA rulemaking procedure, EFF will not propose any DMCA exemptions for the 2006-2009 triennial rulemaking period." Help to make others aware of what happened to this prestigious United Nations document! Express your feelings about the way the Vienna Conclusions were turned into the "Vienna Manipulations," let everyone know this is NOT the way you want politics to be done, and help make sure to prevent this kind of manipulation in the future by joining the Fellowship of FSFE and encouraging others to do the same."
Commercial announcementsCommon Criteria for IT Security Evaluation (CC), also known as ISO standard 15408, was developed by the national security organizations of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It provides a broad range of evaluation criteria for many types of IT security products. Other countries around the globe also accept the standard." announced a Linux version of its Autodesk Toxik visual effects software. "Toxik software enables teams of digital artists to collaboratively realize feature film visual effects ideas, and is already available on the Windows operating system. With the introduction of Toxik software running on Linux, film studios and post-production facilities have more options for the back-end infrastructure and administration of their digital film pipelines." FiveSight is the company that brought to market the first open source implementation of the BPEL 2.0 specification, developed to address the growing need for Business Process Management (BPM) as a core competency for companies large and small." announced its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2005, as well as the entire year. Here's the abbreviated summary: "Net Revenue Grows Seven Percent to $320 Million, Linux Subscriptions More Than Triple to 65,000, and Identity Solutions Grow 35 Percent Year Over Year". announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was named Best Enterprise Server Distribution at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, in November. has announced the free availability of its Java Enterprise System, it plans to release the code as open-source software in the near future. "Sun is making the Java(TM) Enterprise System, Sun N1(TM) Management software and Sun developer tools available at no cost for both development and deployment and further, is reaffirming its commitment to open source this software. Second, Sun is announcing that it is integrating all of this software along with the Solaris OS into the Solaris Enterprise System, the only comprehensive and open infrastructure software platform available today." announced the OpenSPARC project. "Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port."
ResourcesInterBase and Firebird Developer Magazine is available for free download. "We have done a lot of work with this issue and I hope you will enjoy new design and quality of our magazine (especially luxury print version)." Linux Gazette is out. This issue features articles on Firewall logging to MySQL, Using the GNU Compiler Collection (Part2), A New Scanner with XSANE and Kooka, The Basics of DNS, DNS definitions, and more. "The catalog, available online, consists of education-oriented applications, or applications which are potentially useful within an educational context," explained OSV convenor Con Zymaris. "The catalog is segmented into broad categories, such as Office Productivity Applications, Scientific, Mathematical, Graphics, Multimedia, Computer Programming, Primary School and more."
Contests and Awardsannounced the Realm BlackDog Skills Contest. "Linux developers from around the country are working hard in the hopes of winning the $50,000 Grand Prize in the Realm BlackDog Skills Contest. The prize will be awarded for the best application created and ported to run on BlackDog. The Grand Prize winner will be selected from first prize winners in each of five categories: security, communications and networking, entertainment, productivity, and miscellaneous. The remaining four first prize winners will each receive a cash prize of $5,000." The winners will be announced at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, CA next February.
Upcoming EventsToday's technical challenges are no longer about generating digital data--we have more than enough already--but rather, finding innovative ways to visualize, filter, remix, and access it. The 2006 edition of ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, will grapple with these issues by highlighting the cutting-edge techniques and technologies highly prolific geeks employ and invent to make sense of the immense amount of data now pouring into everyday life." Call for Papers has gone out for the php|tek 2006 conference. The event takes place in Orlando, Florida on April 26-28, 2006, proposals are due by December 21.
|December 8 - 9, 2005||Large Installation System Administration Conf.(LISA)||San Diego, CA|
|December 9 - 20, 2005||Umeet Virtual Meeting(UMEET 2005)||Online|
|December 10 - 14, 2005||ApacheCon 2005||(Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina)San Diego, CA|
|December 13 - 15, 2005||24th Annual Minnesota Government IT Symposium||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|December 27 - 30, 2005||22nd Chaos Communication Congress||Berlin, Germany|
|January 13 - 15, 2006||ShmooCon 2006||(Wardman Park Marriott Hotel)Washington, D.C.|
|January 23 - 28, 2006||linux.conf.au 2006||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|January 23 - 25, 2006||Black Hat Federal Briefings and Training 2006||(Sheraton Crystal City)Washington, D.C.|
|January 24 - 26, 2006||O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference||(San Francisco Airport Marriott)San Francisco, CA|
Web sitesIUseOpenOffice.net site. "I have recently published a non-profit website that tries to promote the use of openoffice formats by placing a banner on websites and/or registering on the website for listing and linking the logo. This is inspired only because I know quite a lot of people using Openoffice but using MsOffice formats for general compatibility reasons even though you may be sometimes sharing documents with people with access to computers with Openoffice."
Audio and Video programsa discussion of the Sony DRM case in addition to other topics. "When you install software, you understand some of the risks involved. The Sony DRM case feels different. If you want to listen to a music CD, should you be expected to know that this could result in security holes on your system? This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future looks at DRM, security, and the Sony case."
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