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Non-Commercial announcements

EFF Bows Out of Broken Process

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent out a press release concerning its withdrawal from the DMCA rule making process. "The 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."

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Fellow Me: No more Vienna Manipulations!

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has sent out a press release urging everyone to join the fellowship and just say NO to Vienna Manipulations. "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."

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Commercial announcements

Astaro Security Gateway Firewall in evaluation for CC

Astaro Corporation has announced that its Security Gateway Firewall has entered phase two of the Common Criteria certification process. "Common 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."

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Autodesk Introduces Toxik Visual Effects Software for Linux

Autodesk, Inc. has 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."

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Intalio Acquires FiveSight to Drive Open Source BPM Strategy

Intalio has announced the acquisition of FiveSight. "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."

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Novell Reports Financial Results

Novell, Inc. has 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".

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Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Earns Top Honors at LinuxWorld Frankfurt

Novell, Inc. has announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was named Best Enterprise Server Distribution at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, in November.

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Siemens Joins OSDL

Siemens has announced that it is joining OSDL. Siemens will be actively involved at OSDL with participation in the Labs' new Mobile Linux Initiative, the Carrier Grade Linux working group and the Data Center Linux working group.

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Sun to give away Java Enterprise System

Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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."

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Sun Microsystems Launches OpenSPARC Project

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has 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."

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New Books

Applied Software Project Management - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Applied Software Project Management by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene.

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Makers: Amazing People/Amazing Inventions--O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Makers: Amazing People/Amazing Inventions by Bob Parks.

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Skype Me! - latest from Syngress

Syngress Publishing, Inc. has published the book Skype Me! by Michael Gough.

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Time Management for System Administrators - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas A. Limoncelli.

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The InterBase and Firebird Developer Magazine, Issue #3

Issue #3 of the InterBase 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)."

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Linux Gazette #121

The December 2005 edition of 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.

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OSV Launches Open Source Software Catalog for Education Sector

Open Source Victoria has published an 80-page catalog highlighting some of the best open source software available for schools, teachers and students. ""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."

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Contests and Awards

Realm announces $50,000 BlackDog Skills Contest

Realm Systems has announced 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.

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Upcoming Events

ETech 2006 to Focus on "Attention Economy"

O'Reilly has announced the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. The event will be held in San Diego, California on March 6-9. "Today'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."

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php|tek 2006 - Call for Papers

A 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.

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Events: December 8, 2005 - February 2, 2006

Date Event Location
December 8 - 9, 2005Large Installation System Administration Conf.(LISA)San Diego, CA
December 9 - 20, 2005Umeet Virtual Meeting(UMEET 2005)Online
December 10 - 14, 2005ApacheCon 2005(Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina)San Diego, CA
December 13 - 15, 200524th Annual Minnesota Government IT SymposiumSt. Paul, Minnesota
December 27 - 30, 200522nd Chaos Communication CongressBerlin, Germany
January 13 - 15, 2006ShmooCon 2006(Wardman Park Marriott Hotel)Washington, D.C.
January 23 - 28, 2006Dunedin, New Zealand
January 23 - 25, 2006Black Hat Federal Briefings and Training 2006(Sheraton Crystal City)Washington, D.C.
January 24 - 26, 2006O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference(San Francisco Airport Marriott)San Francisco, CA

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Web sites

New website promoting format usage

Alvaro Ruiz has announced the new 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."

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Audio and Video programs

Security, DRM, and Sony (O'ReillyNet)

This week's O'Reilly's audio magazine features a 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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