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Non-Commercial announcements

BusyBox developers go after Verizon

The Software Freedom Law Center has announced another GPL-infringement lawsuit filed on behalf of the BusyBox developers. The defendant this time is Verizon Communications, which is accused of distributing Actiontec routers (containing BusyBox) without the accompanying source.

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Preliminary GNOME Foundation election results

The preliminary results from the GNOME Foundation board election have been posted; if these results hold the incoming board members will be (ordered by votes received): Luis Villa, Vincent Untz, Lucas Rocha, Behdad Esfahbod, John (J5) Palmieri, Brian Cameron, and Jeff Waugh.

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SQLite Consortium Launches with Mozilla and Symbian as charter members

The SQLite Consortium has been launched. "The SQLite Consortium, a new membership association dedicated to maintaining SQLite as a fully open and independent product, was formally announced today. Mozilla and Symbian Ltd. have joined the SQLite Consortium as charter members. SQLite is a compact, high efficiency, high reliability, embeddable SQL database engine."

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Commercial announcements

ACCESS to Lead Development of Mobile Platform

ACCESS CO., LTD.Link has announced a new mobile phone initiative. "ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., NEC Corp., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., and ESTEEMO Co., Ltd. under which the companies will study the use of ACCESS Linux Platform(TM) as the basis for developing a shared Linux(R) platform for mobile phones and an operator pack for NTT DoCoMo."

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Office Depot uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Novell, Inc. has announced the selection of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server by Office Depot for use in its global servers. "With customers in 43 countries, Office Depot has grown its global business both organically and through acquisitions. As a result, the company runs applications on a variety of platforms including Solaris*, Windows*, Linux*, z/OS and i5/OS*. To reduce complexity and control costs, the company selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to standardize its IT environment as much as possible."

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OpenLogic's open source census

OpenLogic has announced a scheme for performing a global census of open source software use. "Using the new OSS Discovery tool, enterprises will be able to scan any of their computers and contribute the scan results back into The Open Source Census database -- anonymously and free of charge. Once they have contributed scans, enterprises will have access to reports that summarize their own open source usage and provide comparisons to other similar companies." The tool, itself, is open source; an early version is available at CollabNet. How the anonymity and the reporting features go together is not entirely clear.

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Use online with Ulteo

The latest version of is available using a browser, with no download or installation. The Ulteo Online Desktop gives users access to 2.3 online. The service is still in beta testing.

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SourceForge launches Marketplace

SourceForge has launched Marketplace. "® (part of SourceForge, Inc., NASDAQ: LNUX), the world's largest web site for open source development and distribution, today launched an online marketplace for technology professionals to buy and sell service and support for open source software. Marketplace launches with more than 600 service listings. Some major projects offering service and support include: OpenBravo, JasperSoft, Zenoss, Compiere, Firebird, Nagios and Spring Framework."

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New Books

New Book: Cross-Platform Development in C++

Addison Wesley Professional has published the book Cross-Platform Development in C++: Building Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows Applications by Syd Logan.

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TuxMobil offers 7,000 Linux Guides for the laptop

TuxMobil has announced the availability of over 7,000 help documents related to Linux laptops. "The TuxMobil project covers all aspects concerning Linux on laptops and notebooks. The number of free guides and how-to's has more than doubled in less than three years, and more than 7,000 links to Linux laptop and notebook installation and configuration guides are now listed at TuxMobil."

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Contests and Awards

Breach Security's ModSecurity wins AppSec 2007 award

Breach Security, Inc. has announced the winning of a top application security-specific tool award at AppSec 2007 for its ModSecurity web application firewall. "Additionally, ModSecurity was selected as the number two open source security tool from the results of an AppSec 2007 conference attendee survey. ModSecurity is the most widely deployed web application firewall in the world with over 10,000 deployments."

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Nominations open for 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced the collection of nominations for of its 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration. "The Mellon Awards honor not-for-profit organizations for leadership in the collaborative development of open source software tools with particular application to higher education and not-for-profit activities. The 2008 MATC awards are now accepting nominations at Nominations will close at 5:00pm Eastern time on Monday, 14 April 2008."

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Calls for Presentations

AFS and Kerberos Best Practices Workshop 2008 CFP

A call for participation has gone out for the 2008 AFS & Kerberos Best Practices Workshop. The event takes place on May 19-23, 2008 in Newark, New Jersey, submissions are due by March 3.

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Black Hat Briefings Call for Papers

A Call for Papers has gone out for a number of Black Hat Briefings events. "Black Hat is always looking for new and unique research, demonstrations and tools. If you have something you or your team would like to present please keep the following dates in mind. D.C. 2008 Briefings CfP closes January 4 Europe 2008 Briefings CfP closes February 1 USA 2008 Briefings CfP will open February 1 Japan 2008 Briefings CfP will open May 1".

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Upcoming Events

Debian Miniconf 7 at 2008

The Debian Miniconf has been announced. " 2008 will run from January 28th to February 2nd 2008 and the first two days are dedicated to Miniconfs, which are community-organised streams for specific areas of interest. The Debian Miniconf is the oldest and has been one of the biggest Miniconfs at LCA and has always attracted great speakers and an enthusiastic crowd of Debianistas."

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Program Unveiled for the O'Reilly ETech Conference

The O'Reilly ETech Conference program has been announced. "The final touches are being added to the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, taking place March 3-6 in San Diego, California. Now in its seventh year, ETech hones in on the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now, creating a space for all participants to connect and be inspired. ETech is expected to draw more than 1,200 technologists, CxOs, IT managers, hackers, product developers, researchers, academics, thought leaders, business managers, strategists, artists, fringe technologists, entrepreneurs, business developers, and venture capitalists."

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FUDCon Raleigh 2008

FUDCon Raleigh 2008 has been announced. "The next FUDCon (Fedora User and Developer Conference) will be in Raleigh, NC from January 11-13, 2008. The event is 100% free to attend."

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A Call for Location has gone out for the Annual Conference 2008. "The Community eagerly awaits its next annual international conference, OOoCon. We are looking for engaged and interested groups to host next year's conference and welcome your proposals. Since the first conference in 2003, OOoCon has been held in Germany, Slovenia, France, and Spain - could your local community rise to the challenge in 2008?"

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Events: December 20, 2007 to February 18, 2008

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

December 15
December 22
Unix Meeting 2007 IRC, Worldwide
December 27
December 30
24th Chaos Communication Congress Berlin, Germany
December 31 Israeli Perl Workshop Ramat Efal, Israel
January 11
January 13
FUDCon Raleigh 2008 Raleigh, NC, USA
January 16
January 17
QualiPSo Conference 2008 Rome, Italy
January 17
January 19
KDE 4 release event Mountain View, CA, USA
January 24 Federal DBA Day Washington DC, USA
January 28
February 2 2008 Melbourne, Australia
January 28
February 1
Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn Atlanta, Georgia, USA
January 29
January 31
Solution Linux 2008 Paris, France
February 1 Open Island Belfast, United Kingdom
February 6
February 10
O'Reilly Money:Tech Conference New York, NY, USA
February 7 Frozen Perl 2009 Minneapolis, United States
February 8
February 10
Southern California Linux Expo Los Angeles, USA
February 10
February 13
NDSS Symposium 2008 San Diego, CA, USA
February 11 Florida Linux Show 2008 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
February 11 Open Source Software (OSS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Alexandria, VA, USA
February 13
February 15
German Perl-Workshop Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen, Germany
February 16 Frozen Perl 2008 Workshop Minneapolis, USA

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

Audio and Video programs

HITBSecConf2007 Malaysia Videos Now Available

Videos from the Hack In The Box Security Conference are available online. "The files were created in Quicktime, however if you're having trouble playing them on your platform, please ensure you have the latest 3IVX codec installed."

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Conference Videos (use Perl)

brian d foy has announced the availability of some Perl conference videos. "Over the last year I've managed to video a notable amount of talks from conferences, workshops and technical meetings. After getting permission from the presenters I'm pleased to be able to finally launch most of them."

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Podcast: Ted Ts'o Interview (Linux Magazine)

Linux Magazine has released an audio interview with Ted Ts'o. "In this podcast, Ted Ts'o, the Linux Foundation's newly appointed Chief Platform Strategist, takes a few minutes to talk to Linux Magazine about his new role with the Linux Foundation, the status of Ext4, the Linux Standard Base, and more."

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