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FSFE becomes the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm Project

The Free Software Foundation Europe has become the legal guardian of the OpenSwarm project. "Anastasios Hatzis, the developer behind the OpenSwarm model-driven development platform for Python applications, lead the process of assigning copyright to FSFE. "My company - HATZIS Edelstahlbearbeitung GmbH - wanted to foster a development community around the OpenSwarm technology while also underwriting our commitment to Free Software," said Anastasios. "The FLA has provided us with an excellent way to ensure code coherency and a framework for long-term development.""

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Two open gaming platform efforts

Gamix is an effort to create a Linux-based gaming platform; it is based on the Mandriva distribution. There are some limits to its openness, since it specifies an NVidia graphics adapter. A beta release of the Gamix platform is now available for download for those who would like to try it out.

Meanwhile, the Open Game Console consortium is working on a platform of its own; see this proposal for details. It, too, uses some closed components; the software will be based on an unspecified Linux distribution. (Thanks to Per Ekström).

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Liberty Alliance Announces openLiberty Project

Liberty Alliance has announced the openLiberty Project, a global open source initiative formed to provide open source developers with tools for integrating the privacy and security capabilities of Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services into a variety of new identity-based services. The initial focus is on delivering ID-WSF Web Services Consumer (WSC) libraries to allow open source developers to incorporate SAML 2.0 functionality into Web services applications. openLiberty.org is bringing together the resources developers need to more easily and quickly build open source identity-based

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OpenMoko phone schedule announced

The schedule for the release of the truly open OpenMoko phone is out. Some developers will get phones in February; the rest of us will be able to buy one starting on March 11 (for US$350). Click below for the details.

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OSDL, FSG to merge

The Open Source Development Laboratory and the Free Standards Group have sent out a press release stating their intent to merge; the combined group will be known as the Linux Foundation. "The Linux Foundation, which continues to sponsor the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, employs a shared resources strategy - much like open source development itself - to collaborate on platform development while enhancing the Linux market for end users, the community, developers and industry."

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Commercial announcements

ActiveState announces Komodo IDE 4.0

ActiveState has announced the release of Komodo IDE version 4.0. "With this release, developers can now create entire web applications—server, browser, and the HTTP conversation that connects them—within a single unified workspace. Komodo IDE enables developers to write, debug, share and organize quality code in a customizable programming environment. With 4.0, Komodo's support for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, is extended to browser-side languages including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and XML."

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Centeris Ships Cross-Platform Identity Management Solution

Centeris Corporation has announced Likewise Identity 3.0, a cross–platform identity management system. "Centeris Corporation, a pioneer in developing software for easy management of Linux® servers in a Microsoft® Windows® network, today introduced Likewise Identity 3.0, a cross–platform identity management solution that provides seamless integration of Linux and UNIX users and systems with Microsoft Active Directory."

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Commercial DVR Software Comes to Desktop Linux

Linspire, Inc. has announced the availability of the SageTV Media Center Version 6 for Linspire and Freespire. "SageTV Media Center software lets users watch, pause and record TV programs on their desktop and living room Linux PCs and provides a single user interface for accessing online video as well as personal music, photos and videos stored on the personal computer. The optional SageTV Placeshifter also enables users to access their home TV and entire PC-based media library on any Internet-connected Linspire PC at home or away from home."

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Updated Enomalism Virtual Server Management Dashboard

Enomaly, Inc. has announced a significant new release of its Enomalism virtualization administrative management dashboard for Xen Hypervisor 3.0x. The free update and immediate availability of version 0.6 software adds important new improvements and features to the web-based administrative tool.

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Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Linspire, Inc. has announced plans to make its CNR ("Click 'N Run") digital download and software management service available to several of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in 2007. "Previously available only for Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux users, the CNR Service will begin providing users of other desktop Linux distributions a free and easy way to access over 20,000 desktop Linux products, packages and libraries, all with a single mouse click."

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Macraigor Systems Joins the Eclipse Foundation

Macraigor Systems is the latest company to join the Eclipse Foundation. "Macraigor Systems today announced the immediate availability of a free Eclipse-compliant embedded debugging solution with sample Eclipse projects that run on many standard evaluation boards. This provides embedded systems engineers with an integrated platform for developing and debugging embedded systems using the widely supported Eclipse platform. Macraigor Systems today also announced that the company was joining the Eclipse Foundation as an Add-In Provider."

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SugarCRM Expands in Japan With CareBrains Strategic Partnership

SugarCRM Inc. has announced a partnership with CareBrains Inc. "In response to growing demand for Sugar commercial open source products in the Japanese market, SugarCRM and CareBrains are providing CareBrains partners access to SugarCRM partner program benefits, which include special partner Japanese language pack access, resell rights to Sugar commercial versions, and fully localized sales and marketing tools."

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Sun announces new NetBeans IDE support and contributions

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced new third party support and contributions to the NetBeans 5.5 Integrated Development Environment. "This includes the general availability of the NetBeans Mobility Pack for Connected Device Configuration (CDC) 5.5, which features significant code contributions from Ricoh Corporation. In addition, collaborative software development specialist Intland Software has joined the NetBeans Strategic Partner Program and created a new plug-in for its CodeBeamer technology for the NetBeans 5.5 IDE, which is already being used by the United States Department of Agriculture."

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SWsoft partners with Parallels

SWsoft has announced that it is now in control of Parallels. "The combination of SWsoft and Parallels means that we are the only company in the world to provide a complete suite of virtualization and automation software that includes operating system virtualization (Virtuozzo), desktop virtual machine technology (Parallels) and our range of automation solutions across all major computing platforms including Windows, Linux, MacOS and beyond."

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Terracotta Open 2.2 released

Terracotta, Inc. has announced the release of Open Terracotta 2.2, an open-source Java clustering solution. ""Open Terracotta provides a very simple, transparent way to program Java applications that scale well without the headache of JEE and EJBs. The value of Terracotta’s clustering approach is to allow developers to focus on the logic of their own software using plain Java and basic data structures with less time devoted to complex APIs dictated by the application server vendor in the name of scalability and availability," commented Prosper Nwankpa, co-founder of Xuqa.com, one of the fastest growing social gaming sites on the Internet."

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Themis and Terra Soft offer 64-bit PowerPC Linux board support package

Themis Computer and Terra Soft Solutions are collaborating to deliver a Linux distribution for the Themis 6U VMEbus TPPC64 single board computer line. ""We are pleased to play a vital role in the delivery of Themis' PowerPC 970-based product" stated Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. "Themis' TPPC64 is an excellent host for our leadership LINUX platform, offering high-density, high performance computing, combined with the full features of a single board computer, including audio and video", Mr. Staats added."

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New Xandros Desktop Professional Box announced

Xandros has announced the availability of the boxed version of Xandros Desktop - Professional. "Available as a download since December, the new enterprise desktop features Bluetooth wireless support, desktop search and ISV support. It also provides seamless compatibility with Windows, Linux and UNIX networks including Windows domain authentication, plus support for logon scripts, group policy profiles and Microsoft Exchange. Xandros Desktop - Professional is available for a list price of USD 99.99."

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New Books

Ajax on Rails - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Ajax on Rails by Scott Raymond.

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Resources

The ODF Toolkit Project

OpenOffice.org has announced the ODF Toolkit Project. "[W]e are inviting developers everywhere to take the source of the world's leading Free and Open office productivity suite in bold new directions. These may include technologies that engage tools for collaboration, communication and content creation of every kind; tools that will complement and even transcend the already powerful productivity suite. The anchor of this new project is the OpenDocument Format (ODF), the ISO and OASIS standard format for office applications and the most flexible and adaptable format for the future."

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Contests and Awards

Hybrid Share Project (GnomeDesktop)

GnomeDesktop.org has announced a logo contest for Hybrid Share. "Hybrid Share is a simple (User Friendly) Mono C#/Gtk# Application that allow Mac, Windows and Linux Users To Share Files. The Application is extensible via Plugins, so you can Talk with connected people, check your mailbox or other things that plugins could do."

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PyWeek game programming challenge

The fourth PyWeek Python game programming challenge has been announced. "The next challenge is PyWeek 4, "Four Yorkshiremen", which will run in the first week of April. The theme for the latest challenge was "The Disappearing Act"". Registration will open in March.

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Education and Certification

On-site Training Now Available for GNU Radio and USRP

Corgan Enterprises has announced a two-day, on-site training course for GNU Radio software and USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) users.

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Free training materials on writing Linux USB device drivers

Free Electrons has announced some USB device driver training materials. "Free Electrons, a training and consulting company in Free and Open Source Software for embedded systems, has just released a new set of free training slides on USB device driver development: http://free-electrons.com/news/news.2007-01-21."

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LPI announces new affiliate in Portugal

The Linux Professional Institute has announced its newest training affiliate, DRI / Lisbon, Portugal. "DRI was established in 1999 and specializes in IT infrastructure projects and web applications for the Portuguese market."

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Event Reports

HPC Consortium "hack-a-thon" moves into 3rd Day

Terra Soft covers the first three days of the Cell processor "hack-a-thon". "Following an intense day of learning, Saturday night found a half dozen individuals defending the earth from alien invasion via networked PS3s. Robert Cook of Southern Georgia University states, "The blizzard outside is nothing compared to the maelstrom of intellectual give-and-take at Terra Soft's HPC Hack-A-Thon. The result is a rare free flow of ideas. Vendors are modifying product specs and offerings on-the-fly based on feedback from workshop attendees. Action items were piling up faster than the snow outside."

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Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Gelato ICE 2007

The 2007 Gelato ICE Conference has been announced. "On the eve of our fifth anniversary, the Gelato Federation is proud to announce the opening of registration for the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo to be held on April 15-18, 2007, in San Jose, California."

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LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

IDG World Expo has announced that LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit will tackle the subject of Linux on the Desktop. The OpenSolutions Summit is scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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PyPy Trillke Sprints Feb/March 2007

The next EU PyPy sprint has been announced, it will take place between February 25 and March 5, 2007 in Hildesheim, Germany. "Some two years and some thousands of commits later, the EU project period of the PyPy project is about to close ... and a new period to begin: we are going for a sprint of three days of focusing on EU reports and administrative issues, and another three day sprint of happy hacking on the numerous interesting open ends of PyPy, the source code."

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Think Tank 2007: The Future of Commercial Open Source

The 2007 Open Source Think Tank has been announced. "The Open Source Think Tank is accepting applications to attend the second annual gathering of leading industry insiders for three days of hands-on, brainstorm-style sessions addressing the future of open source software and commerce. The annual conference, "Think Tank 2007: The Future of Commercial Open Source," is an exclusive, invitation-only event being held March 8 - 10 at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, California. Participation is limited to 120 people."

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Events: February 1, 2007 to April 2, 2007

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

Date(s)EventLocation
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
March 26
March 29
Emerging Technology Conference San Diego, CA, USA
April 1
April 4
International Lisp Conference 2007 Cambridge, England
April 1
April 5
Embedded Systems Conference San Jose, CA, USA
April 1 GPLv3: Improving a Great Licence (discussion draft 3) Brussels, Belgium

If your event does not appear here, please tell us about it.

Audio and Video programs

State Of Jokosher recorded in Jokosher

A podcast done with and about the Jokosher audio editor is available. "A sample podcast recorded by Jono Bacon has been recorded, edited, mixed and exported entirely in Jokosher. The podcast shows the kind of recording you can do in Jokosher with recorded audio, imported audio, fades and cuts. The process of recording the show also unveiled a number of bugs which have been fixed within hours of them being recorded."

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