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Non-Commercial announcements

EFF Files Evidence in Motion to Stop AT and T's Dragnet Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent out a press release concerning Dragnet Surveillance by AT&T. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday filed the legal briefs and evidence supporting its motion for a preliminary injunction in its class-action lawsuit against AT&T. After asking EFF to hold back the documents so that it could review them, the Department of Justice consented to EFF's filing them under seal -- a well-established procedure that prohibits public access and permits only the judge and the litigants to see the evidence."

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FSF Europe Newsletter

The April 10, 2006 edition of the Free Software Foundation Europe newsletter is online with the latest FSFE news.

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Commercial announcements

Mandriva to participate in ENERGy

Mandriva has announced its participation in the French ENERGy project. "Mandriva, the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, with the support of the French Department of Commerce and Finance, today announced its participation in the ENERGy project with a subsidy of 287,000 euros. This two-year ITEA (a European research and development program) project will contribute to the improvement of existing and emerging technologies to cope with the requirements of network management automation."

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Nokia and Linksys to bundle technologies for the digital home

Nokia has announced a collaboration with Linksys in the wireless home market. "Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications and Linksys(R), a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc, the recognized leading provider of voice, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer and small business customer today announced a product bundle entitled, "Go wireless at home", which includes the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet bundled with either a Linksys high-speed wireless router or gateway. This convenient and secure wireless Internet bundle has been designed to provide freedom for home users who wish to access the Internet using the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet over Wi-Fi, together with the latest in wireless solutions from Linksys."

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Open Source Edition of OpenLink Virtuoso

OpenLink Software has announced the availability of an open-source version of its OpenLink Virtuoso Universal Server product. "The new product release provides a cross-platform workbench for exploiting recent technology advances in areas such as Web Services, RDF Data Management, XML Data Management, Object-Relational Data Management, and Unified Storage."

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Red Hat to acquire JBoss

Red Hat has announced that it will be acquiring JBoss for $350 million, plus some extra cash if things turn out well. "By acquiring JBoss, Red Hat expects to accelerate the shift to service-oriented architectures (SOA), by enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, open source platform."

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TimeSys Delivers Commercial Support for 2.6.16

TimeSys Corporation has announced commercial support for the Linux 2.6.16 kernel with its LinuxLink 2nd Edition product. TimeSys " announced the next generation of LinuxLink by TimeSys(TM) with an unprecedented content upgrade, web-based interface enhancements, and launch of new features that follow rapid growth of the service. LinuxLink has gained traction by delivering continuously updated resources to embedded developers via Web services."

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WIN4LIN announces support for AMD and INTEL 64-bit processors

Win4Lin, provider of Windows-on-Linux solutions, has announced support for 64 bit processors. ""IT decision-makers are increasingly turning to 64-bit platforms from AMD and Intel as default choices to build their next-generation computing infrastructure on. Today's announcement positions Win4Lin as the leader in providing virtual Windows sessions on 64-bit Linux-based hosts", said Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Win4Lin."

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Open Source Zenoss Adds Monitoring of Windows Servers

The Zenoss open-source IT management system has announced the ability to monitor Windows, Linux and Network Infrastructure. "Zenoss, an open source systems and network management project, announced today at LinuxWorld in Boston, Massachusetts, the availability of a new module that provides detailed monitoring of servers running Microsoft Windows using Microsoft's Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) management protocol."

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New Books

Flash 8: The Missing Manual--O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Flash 8: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer.

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iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual--O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Derrick Story.

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No Starch Press Releases "PGP and GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid"

No Starch Press has published the book PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid by Michael W. Lucas.

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Practical VoIP Security--latest from Syngress

Syngress has published the book Practical VoIP Security by Thomas Porter.

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Pragmatic Bookshelf releases "Practices of an Agile Developer"

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published the book Practices of an Agile Developer by Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt.

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Prentice Hall publishes User Mode Linux

Prentice Hall has published the book User Mode Linux by Jeff Dike.

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Web Design in a Nutshell--O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Niederst Robbins.

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April 2006 Web Server Survey (Netcraft)

Netcraft's April, 2006 Web Server Survey is out. "This month's survey brings one of the largest one-month swings in the history of the web server market, as Microsoft gains 4.7 percent share while Apache loses 5.9 percent. The shift is driven by changes at domain registrar Go Daddy, which has just migrated more than 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows. Go Daddy, which had been the world's largest Linux host, is now the world's largest Windows Server 2003 host, as measured by hostnames. The company said it will shift a total of 4.4 million hostnames to Windows Server 2003."

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Contests and Awards

First "Firefox Flicks" released

The first set of Firefox Flicks - entries in a contest to create a 30-second video promoting Firefox - has been posted. They look like they could be interesting, though it is somewhat amusing that Firefox on your editor's system is unable to display the videos or even suggest a plugin which can.

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LinuxForce CEO Named to Philadelphia Business Journal "40 Under 40" List

LinuxForce CEO CJ Fearnley has been added to the Philadelphia Business Journal "40 Under 40" List. ""The 40 Under 40 program gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on some of the young and increasingly influential leaders in our region," said Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal. "These individuals have established themselves as leaders through their professional and volunteer achievements. They have made a difference and can be expected to continue to do so in the years to come.""

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SWsoft Virtuozzo Wins Award for Best Virtualization Solution at LinuxWorld

SWsoft Virtuozzo has announced the winning of a LinuxWorld Best Virtualization Solution award. "SWsoft Virtuozzo was announced the winner of the “Best Virtualization Solution” at LinuxWorld Expo. Virtuozzo is operating system level server virtualization software that turns a single physical server into multiple virtual environments – enabling maximum server performance and utilization."

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Education and Certification

TimeSys Extends Webinar Series on Embedded Linux Development

TimeSys Corporation has announced an extension of its online web seminar series. "TimeSys(R) Corporation, the leading developer service provider for the embedded Linux market, will extend the complimentary, interactive, educational Webinar series to cover specific technical topics of interest in the embedded Linux market. Each session will target a particular focus area with the opportunity for attendees to interact with the technical area experts from TimeSys." Events will be held on April 13, April 18, April 25, and May 2.

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Event Reports

Atlanta Desktop Linux Printing Summit

Kurt Pfeifle has sent us coverage of the Atlanta Desktop Linux Printing Summit.

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Calls for Presentations

Black Hat Call for Papers and Registration now open

A Call for Papers for the Black Hat USA 2006 security conference is open. The event takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 2-3, 2006. Registration to the event has been opened as well.

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Upcoming Events

Technical Program Announced for Gelato ICE

The technical program for the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo is online. The event takes place on April 23-26, 2006 in San Jose, CA.

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Linux Installfest workshop in Davis - Saturday, April 15th

The Linux Users' Group of Davis has announced another free "Linux Installfest" workshop in Davis, California. The workshop will take place on April 15.

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Events: April 13 - June 8, 2006

Date Event Location
April 15 - 16, 2006LayerOne 2006(Pasadena Hilton)Pasadena, California
April 19 - 22, 2006Forum Internacional Software Livre 7.0(FISL)Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 19 - 20, 2006UK Python Conference(Randolph Hotel)Oxford, England
April 20 - 22, 2006International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security(AReS 2006)Vienna, Austria
April 21 - 23, 2006Penguicon 4.0Livonia, Michigan
April 23 - 26, 2006ItaniumR Conference and Expo 2006(Gelato ICE)San Jose, CA
April 24 - 26, 2006LinuxWorld & NetworkWorld Canada 2006 Conference & Expo(Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Bldg.)Toronto, Canada
April 24 - 27, 2006MySQL Users ConferenceSanta Clara, CA
April 24 - 25, 20062006 Desktop Linux Summit(Manchester Grand Hyatt)San Diego, CA
April 24 - 26, 2006SambaXP 2006(Clarion Parkhotel)Göttingen, Germany
April 26 - 28, 2006php|tek 2006(Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel)Orlando, FL
April 27 - 30, 2006Linux Audio Conference(LAC2006)(ZKM)Karlsruhe, Germany
April 29, 2006Linuxfest Northwest 2006Bellingham, WA
April 29 - 30, 2006European Common Lisp Meeting 2006Hamburg, Germany
May 1 - 6, 2006DallasCon 2006(Richardson Hotel)Dallas, TX
May 3 - 6, 2006LinuxTag 2006(Rhein-Main-Hallen)Wiesbaden, Germany
May 6 - 7, 2006WebTech 2006Sofia, Bulgaria
May 8 - 18, 2006LinuxWorld on Tour Conference and Expo 2006(LOT2006)Montreal Ottawa Calgary Vancouver
May 12 - 13, 2006BSDCan 2006(University of Ottawa)Ottawa Canada
May 13, 2006DebianDayOaxtepec, Mexico
May 14 - 22, 2006DebConf 6Oaxtepec, Mexico
May 26 - 27, 2006FreedomHECSeattle, WA
May 30 - June 3, 20062006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference(Boston Marriott Copley Place)Boston, MA

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Web sites

open Zope 3 cookbook launched

The site has been announced. " is a website that starts to gather recipes and tutorials for Zope 3. The cookbook aims to provide a complete sight of Zope 3 through various recipes written by project participants, both in french and english."

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Audio and Video programs

Glimpses of LinuxWorld (NewsForge)

NewsForge presents some short videos from the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. "These are short "impromptu" videos I shot at OSTG's Slashdot Lounge in the middle of the ORG pavilion at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Their purpose is to help you put faces (and voices) to people whose names you often see on this site and others -- and one or two people who just happened to be in the vicinity and looked like they might have something to say, too."

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Stimulating Open Source development using competitions (O'Reilly)

Rick Jelliffe suggests that competitions may be a good way to stimulate development of open-source software. "Indeed, I think the Open Source development does not deliver its best results when the customer is a large corporation at a financial distance from the developer. So banks, governments, corporations, consortia, vendors and so really have a vital interest in stimulating Open Source development that meets their needs. Rather than being passive bottom feeders."

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