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European Parliament passes IP enforcement directive

FFII has sent out a release on the passage of the intellectual property rights enforcement directive in the European Parliament. This directive turns a number of "intellectual property" infringements into criminal offenses, threatening ISPs and free software developers, among others. "The directive now goes to the Council for its first reading. Several Council members, such as the Dutch and UK governments, have already expressed serious concerns about the scope and nature of this directive."

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EFF: Consumers, Librarians, and Innovators Tell EU 'We're Not Criminals'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent out a media release regarding proposed new European copyright crimes. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) European Office today announced a broad coalition aimed at fixing a poorly drafted intellectual property enforcement proposal that could make criminals of thousands of people in the European Union. The Second Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED2) -- set for vote in the European Parliament early next week -- makes "aiding, abetting, or inciting" intellectual property infringement on a "commercial scale" a criminal offence. However, IPRED2 defines criminal offences so vaguely that creators of legitimate websites, Internet service providers, and even librarians could be investigated by the police and face criminal records as well as fines of hundreds of thousands of euros."

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European Parliament must prevent criminalisation of software vendors and users

The Free Software Foundation Europe has sent out a press release regarding proposed changes to the European patent and copyright law. "FSFE criticises the proposed "second Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive" (IPRED2) for sweeping criminalisation across various areas of law and loosely described areas of activity, including for 'attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting.' The proposed text criminalises these acts for infringement of many dissimilar laws including copyright, trademark, and patents. "This threatens" according to a press release of FSFE "to introduce intimidating degrees of punishment to activities which individuals, community-based projects, and other small to medium-sized groups participate in - groups that may not have sufficient money or lawyers to defend their rights in court.""

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EFF challenges patent threatening consumer awareness products

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is challenging a patent by NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took aim today at a bogus patent threatening innovative technologies that enhance consumer awareness, requesting a reexamination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). NeoMedia Technologies, Inc., claims to own rights to all systems that provide information over computer networks using database-like lookup procedures that rely on scanned inputs, such as a barcode. NeoMedia has used these claims not only to threaten and sue innovators in the mobile information space, but also to intimidate projects focused on increasing awareness among consumers about the social and environmental impact of the products they buy."

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Eben Moglen leaving the FSF board

Eben Moglen has posted a weblog entry on what he will be doing once the GPLv3 process stops dominating his life. "As I return to teaching at Columbia I need to concentrate more of my remaining spare time and effort on the affairs of the Software Freedom Law Center, which is inevitably going to mean less involvement with the affairs of other organizations I care very much about. In particular, it’s time for me to leave the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, where I’ve been since 2000."

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Open Solutions Alliance adds six members to its roster

The Open Solutions Alliance has announced its six newest members. "The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced that six new organizations have joined the Alliance. The new members include Black Duck, The Mambo Foundation, Onepoint, The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA), Palamida and Project.net. The OSA today has 18 members."

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Commercial announcements

CollabNet buys SourceForge Enterprise Edition

CollabNet and VA Software have announced a deal wherein CollabNet will be buying the SourceForge Enterprise Edition code and business from VA. The SourceForge site will apparently remain with VA. "With the addition of SourceForge Enterprise Edition business to CollabNet's product portfolio and team, we have become the standard for this new method of performing decentralized development. Unlike conventional software development systems, CollabNet's solutions are designed to promote and optimize the benefits of collaboration and distributed software development, based on open source principles" No mention of open-sourcing the newly-acquired code, however. (Thanks to Rick Moen, who has posted some history of the SourceForge code).

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New version of Concurrent NightStar Tools for Linux

Concurrent has announced version 4.1 of its NightStar integrated software tool set. "The revamped tool set features a complete graphical user interface makeover making it more flexible and easy to customize. NightStar 4.1 is one of the most advanced, yet easy-to-use debugging environments for troubleshooting and tuning complex Linux software applications."

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Samsung does a patent deal with Microsoft

Microsoft and Samsung have announced a patent deal. "In these product lines, Samsung and its distributors and customers may utilize Microsoft's patents in Samsung's products with proprietary software, and Samsung will also obtain coverage from Microsoft for its customers' use of certain Linux-based products."

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Sun Microsystems and Canonical announce Java for Ubuntu 7.04

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced the availability of the Java technology stack and developer tools for Ubuntu 7.04. "This stack, which is comprised of key popular Java technologies such as GlassFish(TM) v1 (the open source Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 implementation), Java Platform, Standard Edition (JDK 6), Java DB 10.2 (built from Apache Derby) and NetBeans(TM) IDE 5.5 -- will be available in the Multiverse component of the Ubuntu repository on April 19."

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Zenoss announces Global Partner Program and 8 new partners

Zenoss, Inc. has announced the launch of the Zenoss Global Partner Program. "The new program brings expanded services and technology capabilities to Zenoss users worldwide and creates new business opportunities for systems integrators, hosters, managed service providers, ISVs and OEMs. The Zenoss Global Partner program provides a business and technology framework for partnering with Zenoss, Inc. to deliver professional services, managed services and technology solutions related to Zenoss Core, the highest ranking open source IT monitoring solution on Sourceforge.net."

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New Books

Linux System Administration - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Linux System Administration by Tom Adelstein and Bill Lubanovic.

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Addison-Wesley Professional publishes SQL for MySQL Developers

Addison-Wesley Professional has published the book SQL for MySQL Developers: A Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference by Rick F. van der Lans.

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Understanding MySQL Internals - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book Understanding MySQL Internals by Sasha Pachev.

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XQuery - O'Reilly's Latest Release

O'Reilly has published the book XQuery by Priscilla Walmsley.

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Contests and Awards

Novell wins two CODiE awards

Novell, Inc. has announced the winning of CODiE awards by SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and ZENworks Asset Management. "Novell's Linux* and enterprise management services took home top honors for Best Open Source Solution and Best Asset Management Solution at the 2007 CODiE awards, the annual program led by the Software Industry and Information Association (SIIA) to recognize innovation in the software industry. SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell(R) won in the open source category, while Novell ZENworks(R) 7.5 Asset Management beat out the competition in the asset management category."

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Education and Certification

LPI announces new affiliates in Europe and Africa

The Linux Professional Institute has announced its latest Linux certification affiliates. "The Linux Professional Institute, the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced new affiliates throughout Europe and Africa including LPI-Spain, LPI-France, LPI-Maghreb, LPI-Malta/Cyprus and a new partner in South Africa."

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LPI Offers Discounted Certification Exams at IT 360

The Linux Professional Institute will hold discounted Linux certification exams at the IT 360 conference in Toronto, Canada on May 1 and 2, 2007.

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Event Reports

LAC 2007 website updates

The web site for the recent 2007 Linux Audio Conference (LAC) has been updated. "It took us a while, but finally (and hopefully) the last updates have been made to the LAC website."

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Calls for Presentations

CfP Hack.lu 2007

A call for papers has gone out for Hack.lu 2007. The event will take place in Luxembourg on October 18-20, 2007, submissions are due by June 1.

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Upcoming Events

Akademy 2007 Edu and School Day (KDE.News)

KDE.news has announced the Edu and School Day, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland during the Akademy conference. "You are invited to aKademy Edu & School Day on Tuesday 3rd July. This day will focus on installing and running free educational software in schools, presenting software as well as getting feedback from teachers and community people."

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DAM-4 - Google Mountain View Campus

DAM-4 (desktop_architects mailing list) has been announced, the event will take place on June 13-15, 2007 (new dates) in Mountain View, CA. "DAM-4 is being held in conjunction with the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. The Linux Foundation Desktop Linux workgroup is planning and sponsoring this event for the desktop architects. Once again, the intent of this meeting is to bring desktop organizations together to address common problems and to create some working synergy across organizations."

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GUADEC Core schedule announced

The preliminary schedule for the GUADEC Core Days has been announced.

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Linux Installfest workshop in Davis , CA

The Linux Users' Group of Davis will hold the next Linux Installfest on Saturday, April 28, 2007 in Davis, CA.

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Registration opens for the 2007 O'Reilly Open Source Convention

O'Reilly has announced the program schedule and registration opening for the 2007 Open Source Convention. "This year's program will examine how open technologies are making breakthroughs in the mainstream IT community, and delve into the advances on the open source horizon. Now in its ninth year, OSCON is the annual gathering of developers, hackers, visionaries, and alpha geeks who are driving the open source movement. OSCON returns to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon July 23-27, 2007."

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The SugarCRM Global Developer Conference

SugarCRM has announced the SugarCRM Global Developer Conference. "SugarCRM, the world's leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software, today announced that it will host the first ever SugarCRM Global Developer Conference, May 3-5, 2007, at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, California. HP, Intel, Microsoft, MySQL, Novell, Pervasive, Oracle and Sun are among the industry leaders sponsoring the conference, which is designed for developers, administrators, users, and managers of CRM projects."

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Events: May 3, 2007 to July 2, 2007

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

Date(s)EventLocation
May 3
May 4
Ubuntu Education Summit Sevilla, Spain
May 3
May 5
SugarCRM Global Developer Conference San Jose, CA, USA
May 4
May 6
Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 5
May 6
LayerOne Security Conference Pasadena, CA, USA
May 5 Ubucon - Sevilla Sevilla, Spain
May 6
May 11
Ubuntu Developer Summit Sevilla, Spain
May 7 CommunityOne San Francisco, CA, USA
May 8
May 9
World Summit on Intrusion Prevention Baltimore, MD, USA
May 8
May 11
Annual Java Technology Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
May 8
May 11
OSHCA 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
May 9
May 11
Red Hat Summit San Diego, CA, USA
May 10
May 11
IEEE International Workshop on Open Source Test Technology Tools Berkeley, CA, USA
May 10 NLUUG Spring Conference 2007 Ede, The Netherlands
May 11
May 13
Conferenze Italiana sul Software Libero Cosenza, Italy
May 12
May 13
KOffice ODF Weekend Berlin, Germany
May 14
May 25
The Pure Data Spring School 2007 Glasgow, Scotland
May 16
May 18
php|tek Chicago, IL, USA
May 17
May 20
RailsConf 2007 Portland, Oregon
May 18
May 19
eLiberatica Open Source and Free Software Conference Brasov, Romania
May 18
May 19
FreedomHEC Los Angeles, CA
May 18
May 19
BSDCan 2007 Ottawa, Canada
May 19
May 20
The 3rd International Workshop on Software Engineering for Secure Systems Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
May 19
May 20
Rockbox International Developers Conference 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
May 19 Grazer LinuxDays 2007 Graz, Austria
May 19
May 20
Make Magazine Maker Faire 2007 San Mateo, CA, USA
May 19 Linuxwochen Austria - Graz Graz, Austria
May 21
May 23
International PHP 2007 Conference Stuttgart, Germany
May 21
May 25
Python Bootcamp with David Beazley Atlanta, USA
May 22
May 23
Open Source Business Conference San Francisco, USA
May 22
May 24
Linux Days 2007, Geneva Geneva, Switzerland
May 23
May 24
PGCon 2007 Ottawa, ON, Canada
May 25 Linuxwochen Austria - Krems Krems, Austria
May 26 PAKCON III Karachi, Pakistan
May 29
May 30
Where 2.0 Conference San Jose, CA, USA
May 29
May 31
European ADempiere Developers Conference Berlin, Germany
May 29
May 30
I FLOSS CONFERENCE RESISTENCIA Resistencia, Argentina
May 30
June 2
Linuxtag Berlin, Germany
May 30
June 1
3rd UNIX Days Conference - Gdansk 2007 Gdansk, Poland
May 30
June 1
Linuxwochen Austria - Wien Wien, Austria
June 2
June 3
Journées Python Francophones Paris, France
June 9
June 10
PyCon Uno - First Python Italian conference Florence, Italy
June 10
June 15
DebCamp Edinburgh, Scotland
June 10 Pluto Meeting 2007 Padova, Italy
June 11
June 14
Third International Conference on Open Source Systems Limerick, Ireland
June 13
June 15
Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit Mountain View, CA, USA
June 16 DebianDay Edinburgh, Scotland
June 16 Firefox Developer Conference Tokyo, Japan
June 17
June 23
Debian Developer Conference Edinburgh, Scotland
June 17
June 22
2007 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Santa Clara, USA
June 18
June 20
O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference San Jose, CA, USA
June 18
June 20
Advanced Workshop on GCC Internals Bombay, India
June 20
June 22
IT Underground Dublin, Ireland
June 20 Open Source Showcase @ OpenAdvantage Birmingham, UK
June 23 Mozilla Developer Day Paris, France
June 25
June 27
SOA World Conference and Expo 2007 New York, NY, USA
June 27
June 30
2007 Linux Symposium Ottawa, Canada
June 27
June 29
Summer School of Sound Lancaster, UK
June 29 NLUUG event theme innovation Enschede Enschede, the Netherlands
June 30
July 7
Akademy 2007 Glasgow, Scotland

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