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Non-Commercial announcements

Ardour project needs new sponsors

The Ardour multi-track digital audio workstation project has lost its primary funding source. "Ardour is looking for new project sponsors after our major contributor, Solid State Logic informed us that a conflict of interest prevents them from continuing the financial support they gave to Ardour during 2006. Ardour is at an exciting point in its development: version 2.0 is about to released very shortly, and more and more developers have recently started contributing to the project. Once version 2.0 is released, we have a large list of substantial new features waiting to be added, including MIDI recording and playback (already implemented as part of our participation in Google's Summer of Code)."

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Commercial announcements

Autodesk Maya 8.5 3D animation software announced

Autodesk, Inc. has announced the release of Autodesk Maya 8.5, a 3D animation, modeling and rendering system. "Now shipping, Maya 8.5 gives artists enhanced creative control, enabling faster completion of complex animations and simulations. "Autodesk is committed to making Maya the foundation for modern production pipelines. Maya 8.5 supports industry-standard Python scripting, offering improved workflows and development productivity," said Marc Petit, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice president."

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Columbitech Wireless VPN Adds Linux Server Support

Mobile security solutions provider Columbitech has announced support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10. This new offering combining Columbitech Wireless VPN with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server enables customers to automatically set up any computer to be a VPN server and firewall within minutes.

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Empower Technologies announces digital media tablet reference design platform

Empower Technologies has announced a new Digital Media Tablet (DMT) reference design platform. "This new DMT reference design is specifically targeted to developers, value added integrators and manufacturers innovating portable digital media devices for the automotive, RFID and consumer electronics industries. Each of these industries require high performance codec computation and control operation such as audio/video streaming/recording; high speed wireless communication such as WiFi, CDMA, and GPRS; and data processing such as data acquisition, analysis and control."

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Fluendo announces Windows Media and MPEG codec support for Linux

Fluendo has announced the availability of new CODECs for Linux and Solaris. "Users of GNU/Linux and Solaris operating systems have previously lacked solutions which enabled them to license and use popular media formats such as Windows Media, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 in accordance with the laws of their country. Through Fluendo's agreements with Microsoft and MPEG LA such a solution is now available. By closely integrating with the GStreamer multimedia framework, Fluendo's new plugins enable support for these widely used codecs in popular GNU/Linux and Solaris applications such as Totem Video Player, Rhythmbox music player, Banshee Music player, Elisa Media Center and the Jokosher sound editor."

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Fujitsu and Hopling Technologies to Ship Linux WiMAX Board Packages

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. and Hopling Technologies have announced the availability of their jointly-produced Linux-based WiMAX baseband system-on-chip (SoC) reference kits. ""Hopling Technologies is deeply committed to helping businesses across the world realize the benefit and full potential of WiMAX," said Ivo van Ling, Chief Technology Officer of Hopling Technologies. "This joint Linux project with Fujitsu is an extremely important project and it's a milestone in Hopling Technologies' Linux-based WiMAX product strategy that will allow companies to roll out seamless broadband wireless systems.""

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GoDaddy.com announces Metropolis hosting community

GoDaddy.com has announced the Metropolis hosting community. "The new hosting community allows anyone with a Go Daddy(R) Web hosting account to install, manage, rate and review third-party hosted applications, offering a personal touch in the big-city hosting world. At launch, Metropolis offers more than 30 free software titles for immediate installation to Linux(R) or Windows(R) based hosting accounts. From blogs and forums to galleries and wikis, users learn about software options from other community members and share their experience with reviews and ratings."

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TIBCO BusinessWorks 5.4 to add support for BPEL

TIBCO Software Inc. has announced that version 5.4 of its TIBCO BusinessWorks software will add support for version 1.1 of the OASIS Web Services Business Process Execution Language. "The increasing adoption of SOA by enterprises is creating a complex network of discrete services. As companies break down their monolithic applications and create new services, their end goal is to compose and reuse those services as processes or new applications. TIBCO BusinessWorks with support for BPEL will further help companies simplify the re-use of existing IT assets through a more manageable, adaptive and cost-effective infrastructure."

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Xilinx releases new ISE software for FPGA design

Xilinx, Inc. has announced version 9.1i of its Xilinx Integrated Software Environment. "ISE Foundation(TM) 9.1i suite is immediately available with prices starting at US $2,495. A full-featured 60-day evaluation version is available at no charge. All versions of ISE 9.1i software packages support Windows(R) 2000 and Windows XP Professional and Linux(R) Red Hat(R) Enterprise 3.0 and 4.0. ISE Foundation also supports Solaris(R) 2.8 and 2.9."

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New Books

Backup and Recovery - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Backup & Recovery by W. Curtis Preston.

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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Third Ed. - New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Third Edition by Danny Goodman.

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Resources

FSFE Newsletter

The January 12, 2007 edition of the Free Software Foundation Europe newsletter is online with the latest FSFE news. Topics include: Looking back and forward, Georg Greve at "Nexell informiert" and Get Active: Join the Fellowship!

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Linux Documentation Project Weekly News

The December 28, 2006 edition of the Linux Documentation Project Weekly News is online with the latest documentation updates.

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Calls for Presentations

Akademy 2007 Call for Participation (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced the Akademy 2007 call for participation. "The KDE community is getting ready to set a major milestone for the free desktop with the upcoming release of KDE 4. This will mark a new level of user experience, technical excellence in the framework and opportunities for free software on the desktop. The KDE contributors conference, which is part of Akademy, the world summit of the KDE community, will be the place to present the newest developments, long-term strategies or interesting input from the surrounding communities, projects and societies. Be part of it, present your thoughts, ideas and work at Akademy 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland." The event takes place from June 30 - July 7, 2007, abstracts are due by February 14, 2007.

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LayerOne 2007 CFP Announced

A call for papers has gone out for LayerOne 2007. "What is LayerOne? Currently in its 4th year, LayerOne is computer security and technology conference held in the Los Angeles area. The purpose of LayerOne is to bring together the many different types of folks who make up the security community for a 2 day discussion of the technologies that impact our professional and personal lives." The event takes place on May 5-6, 2007, submissions are due by March 31.

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Calling All Innovators to the 2007 O'Reilly OSCON

A call for participation has gone out for the 2007 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. "This year, the program will focus on the progress and innovation that open source movers and shakers are contributing to the computing industry. Program chairs will be looking for proposals that convey real-world scenarios using open source, and the new tools and ideas that will help participants be more productive or write better code. OSCON will return to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from July 23-27, 2007. The Call for Participation deadline is February 5, 2007."

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2007 Ottawa Linux Symposium announcements

A few announcements have gone out regarding the 2007 Ottawa Linux Symposium. The event will be happening earlier this year: June 27 to 30. The CFP is currently open, with submissions due by February 5. "As mentioned in the CFP, we are expanding the scope of the topics this year and strongly encourage you to submit papers on any and all leading edge user space development, and advanced system administration."

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Upcoming Events

Discover the Magic of Technology at O'Reilly ETech 2007

The O'Reilly ETech 2007 conference will take place in San Diego, CA on March 26-29. "Spanning the gamut of tech from the infrastructure supporting mass-market players, to the promise of alternative energy sources, ETech will examine what's current while keeping an eye firmly trained on what's coming."

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KDE-NL New Year's Meeting Coming Up (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced The KDE-NL New Year's Meeting. "On Saturday, 20th January, the traditional KDE-NL New Year's Meeting will be held in Lent near Nijmegen in the eastern part of the country. KDE-NL invites contributors, interested users and other affiliated people for the day to get to know each other in person and discuss all kinds of KDE-related things."

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Nepomuk-KDE Workshop, Paris

The Nepomuk-KDE Workshop will take place at the Mandriva office in Paris, France on February 1-2, 2007. "It is time to present the Nepomuk-KDE project to the world in a more hands-on manner. A move to kdelibs of the core parts of Nepomuk-KDE is planned and even more so raises the need for information." See this KDE.News article for more information.

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SCALE preparation continues

The SCALE conference is coming soon, discount tickets are still available. "The final touches are being put on the Fifth Annual So Cal Linux Expo, to be held February 9th to 11th in Los Angeles. All speaker slots are full, and all exhibitor booths have been filled. The seven speaker slots in the Women In Open Source conference have been filled and its speaker panel is being finalized."

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Open Source Health Care Summit Schedule Announced (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the schedule for the Open Source Health Care Summit. "Speakers will include Fred Trotter (GPL Medicine), Scott Shreeve, Eishay Smith (IBM), and Gerald Bortis (Mirth Project). The Open Source Health Care Summit will be held on Feb 9, 2007 as part of SCALE 5x." The event takes place at the Los Angeles, CA airport Weston hotel.

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Events: January 25, 2007 to March 26, 2007

The following event listing is taken from the LWN.net Calendar.

Date(s)EventLocation
January 20
January 26
Cell Hack-a-thon Loveland, CO, USA
January 23
January 26
Open Source Meets Business Nürnberg, Germany
January 30
February 1
Solutions Linux Expo Paris, France
February 1
February 2
LinuxDays Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg
February 2 FUDCon Boston 2007 Boston, MA, USA
February 7
February 9
Free Software World Conference 3.0 Badajoz, Spain
February 7
February 9
Xorg Developer's Conference Santa Clara, CA, USA
February 9 Women In Open Source Los Angeles, USA
February 9 Open Source Health Care Summit Los Angeles, USA
February 10
February 11
2007 Southern California Linux Expo Los Angeles, USA
February 12
February 13
Vancouver PHP Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 12
February 13
Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop San Jose, CA, USA
February 12
February 16
Ruby on Rails Bootcamp Training Atlanta, USA
February 12
February 15
3GSM World Congress 2007 Barcelona, Spain
February 14
February 15
LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit New York, NY, USA
February 15 TiE Open Source Summit Pittsburgh, PA, USA
February 16 The Ubucon New York New York, NY, USA
February 19
February 23
DebianEDU DevCamp Soissons, France
February 22 PyCon Tutorial Day Addison, Texas
February 22 CELF Japan Linux Technical Jamboree #13 Tokyo, Japan
February 22
February 24
OpenMind 2007 San Giorgio a Cremano, Naples, Italy
February 23
February 25
PyCon 2007 Addison, Texas
February 23 PHP Conference UK 2007 London, England
February 24
February 25
Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting Brussels, Belgium
February 24
February 25
Java/DevJam/2007/Fosdem Brussels, Belgium
February 26
March 1
PyCon Sprints Addison, Texas
February 26
March 2
PHP5 Bootcamp Training at the Big Nerd Ranch Atlanta, Georgia, USA
February 27
March 1
O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference San Francisco, CA
February 27
March 2
EUSecWest Applied Security Conference London, UK
February 28
March 2
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium San Diego, CA, USA
March 2
March 3
LinuxForum 2007 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 3
March 8
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference San Diego, CA, USA
March 5
March 8
EclipseCon 2007 Santa Clara, CA, USA
March 5
March 6
Karlsruhe Workshop on Software Radios Karlsruhe, Germany
March 8
March 10
2007 Open Source Think Tank Napa, CA, USA
March 10
March 13
Camp 5 Advanced Zope3 Training Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
March 12
March 16
QCon London, England
March 12
March 16
Third Annual Security Enhanced Linux Symposium Baltimore, US
March 12
March 14
BOSSA Conference Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
March 13
March 14
The Linux Foundation Japan Symposium Tokyo, Japan
March 14
March 16
PHP Quebec Conference Montreal, Canada
March 14
March 17
Barbeque Sprint for Plone3 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
March 15
March 21
CeBIT computer fair Hannover, Germany
March 16
March 17
MountainWest RubyConf Salt Lake City, USA
March 18
March 23
Novell BrainShare 2007 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
March 19
March 21
UKUUG LISA/Spring Conference 2007 Manchester, UK
March 22
March 25
Linux Audio Conference Berlin, Germany
March 23
March 25
ShmooCon Washington DC, USA
March 23
March 25
Guademy Coruña, Spain
March 24 FSF Associate Membership Meeting Cambridge, MA, USA

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Web sites

Searchme Launches Wikiseek Search Engine for Wikipedia

Searchme, Inc. has announced the launch of Wikiseek, an improved search engine for the Wikipedia reference site. "Wikiseek is available as a destination web site as well as inside Wikipedia as a Firefox extension. Wikiseek is based on proprietary technology developed by Searchme, which utilizes the suggestions of tens of thousands of vertical search engines to deliver more highly relevant searches. The result is a faster, richer Wikipedia search experience."

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Audio and Video programs

Web 2.0 Podcast: A Debate on Net Neutrality (O'ReillyNet)

O'Reilly presents a podcast on network neutrality. "Web 2.0 Summit program chair John Battelle moderated a debate on net neutrality between Google VP and chief internet evangelist Vinton Cerf and Robert Pepper, who leads a team driving Cisco's global agenda for advanced technology policy. This episode is sponsored by the Intel Software Network."

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