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Non-Commercial announcements

A "state of open source" message from Bruce Perens

Bruce Perens has put up a lengthy "state of open source" message to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Open Source Definition. "We have actually changed the way that innovation happens. Innovation has gone public. Many companies, institutions, and individuals share innovation on a daily basis, entirely in the open, through Free Software development communities. The products they produce are the leaders in their field."

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Commercial announcements

Misys to release Open Source Code at SCALE

Misys has announced plans to release some of its proprietary code during the SCALE conference. ""In October 2007, we announced our intention to release the Misys Connect Healthcare solution to the open source community and now we're delivering on our promise," said Bob Barthelmes, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the newly created Open Source Solutions division at Misys. "We've been focusing on forming partnerships that will (eventually) advance the collaborative development and quality of new products and reduce the price of software. We hope to improve healthcare delivery. That's our goal," said Bob."

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Novell announces SiteScape acquisition

Novell, Inc. has announced the acquisition of SiteScape. "SiteScape, the founder of the ICEcore open source collaboration project, brings impressive team workspace and real-time collaboration capabilities to Novell -- key components of a broad unified communications and collaboration strategy. The melding of the two firms creates the industry's clear leader in open, enterprise-strength collaboration and social networking offerings, giving customers powerful, flexible ways to integrate new communications technologies into their environment and drive employee productivity and business innovation."

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Purple Labs announces sub-$100 LiMo feature phone

Purple Labs has announced an under $100 LiMo feature phone at the Mobile World Congress. "Purple Labs, a leading supplier of embedded Linux solutions for mobile phones, announced today that its new Purple Magic feature phone has received LiMo Foundation(tm) certification. The 3G Linux phone is a LiMo Platform(tm) Type I device, and will serve as a reference product for ODMs and phone manufacturers wanting to accelerate time to market for low-cost 3G handsets."

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STMicroelectronics' Nomadik multimedia processor adds Linux and Trolltech application environment

STMicroelectronics has announced the integration of Linux and the Trolltech Qtopia application environment to the Nomadik multimedia application processor ecosystem. "This powerful platform provides equipment manufacturers with a complete reference design that facilitates fast development and customization of the latest generations of multimedia applications including smart phones, wireless PDAs, internet appliances and car entertainment systems. Based on ST's distributed-processing architecture with smart multimedia accelerators, the Nomadik processors enable compelling multimedia applications with ultra-low power consumption."

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SYSOPENDIGIA releases source code of its 3G Linux smartphone

SYSOPENDIGIA has announced the release of the source code for its 3G Linux smartphone. "The SYSOPENDIGIA 3G Linux smartphone has been created using Linux operating system and other open-source software components, as well as commercially licensed Qtopia application platform and user interface from Trolltech. "We see that the only way for the mobile industry to answer the rapidly growing need for new functionality and services is increased re-use of existing software asset. Leveraging open-source software is a good way to avoid re-implementing such functionality that is not important for differentiation." says Tuukka Turunen, Director, Special Projects from SYSOPENDIGIA."

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Trolltech announces support for mobile touch screens Devices

Trolltech has announced the continued evolution of Qtopia Phone Edition, its application platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile phones. With version 4.3 of Qtopia Phone Edition, Trolltech boasts major improvements in real-world start-up speeds, external benchmarking for compliance with key industry standards, and a range of new features.

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Trolltech's Qt WebKit Integration brings Web 2.0 services to mobile phones

Trolltech has announced the integration of its Qt cross-platform development framework with the WebKit mobile phone browser technology. "Google(tm) Earth and iTunes are examples of such services currently available on the desktop. With Trolltech's Qt WebKit Integration, these type of applications - along with services such as social networking, instant messaging and real-time financial updates - can also be delivered to mobile phones."

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Vimicro launches Vinno-III open mobile platform

Vimicro International Corporation has announced the launch of its Vinno-III Linux-based open mobile platform. "Vinno-III-Linux platform is based on Vimicro's newly launched Vinno-III application processor running popular open source Linux OS. Along with traditional, strong multimedia processing capabilities enabled by Vimicro chips, the platform also integrates useful applications such as office file reader, WAP and MMS. Vimicro's new Mobile Multimedia Processors enhance the user experience in video, audio, camera and file transfer when adopted for basic mobile phones."

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New Books

Ajax: The Definitive Guide -- New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Ajax: The Definitive Guide by Anthony T. Holdener III.

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Rails for PHP Developers--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published the book Rails for PHP Developers by Derek DeVries and Mike Naberezny.

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Wicked Cool PHP--New from No Starch Press

No Starch Press has published the book Wicked Cool PHP by William Steinmetz with Brian Ward.

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Resources

AMD's open GPU documentation site

AMD has announced the existence of its open GPU documentation site, wherein one can find register-level documentation on several ATI graphics processors (R5xx and R6xx can be found there now).

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FSFE Newsletter

The February 12, 2008 edition of the FSFE Newsletter is online with the latest Free Software Foundation Europe news. Topics include: GPL-violations.org and FSFE's Freedom Task Force plan future interaction, NLnet continues to support FSFE's Freedom Task Force, Berlin Fellowship meeting and talk, Duesseldorf Fellowship meeting and planning future events, FSFE meeting in Göteborg, Sweden and SELF Open Documentary Contest.

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Contests and Awards

DreamWorks wins an award for its innovative use of Linux (c|net)

c|net notes the winning of an a Annie Award by DreamWorks. "Linux (and principally Red Hat Enterprise Linux) has become the primary production platform for the animation industry, largely due to the engineering efforts of DreamWorks. Behind that effort sits Ed Leonard, chief technology officer at DreamWorks, who has been recognized for his work with an Annie Award for "promoting the Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software development.""

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Meeting Minutes

Minutes for GNOME Foundation directors meeting

The minutes from the January 30, 2008 GNOME Foundation directors meeting have been published.

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Perl 6 Design Meeting Minutes (use Perl)

The minutes from the February 6, 2008 Perl 6 Design Meeting have been published. "The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 06 February 2008. Larry, Jerry, Will, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended."

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January PSF board meeting minutes are available

The minutes from the January 14, 2008 Python Software Foundation board meeting have been published.

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Calls for Presentations

CMG'08 Conference call for papers and presentations

Computer Measurement Group has announced a call for papers and presentations for the CMG'08 Conference. "The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), the Information Technology professionals responsible for planning, measuring, analyzing, and managing the world's largest IT infrastructures, announced today its call for papers and presentations for the 34th International Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 7th through 12th, 2008 at the Paris Hotel." Abstracts are due by May 16, 2008.

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Upcoming Events

Meet the KDevelop Crowd (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced a meeting of the KDevelop developers on April 12 and 13, 2008. "It is the time of the year to gather and spend some time on our favourite IDE. Continuing the tradition to meet in cities famous for alcohol-based beverages and oversized servings of meat, Munich was the obvious pick. Pretending to be a civilised crowd, we managed to convince the boss of the Trolltech's Munich office to generously provide us with a room, a 4MBit SDSL line and lots of coffee."

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Northern California installfest for schools

An installfest is planned for Saturday March 1 in four bay area locations to benefit schools. Organized by Untangle and the Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC), the plan is to try to install Linux on several hundred computers that have been pieced together from old computers recycled at ACCRC. The installfest locations are in San Francisco, Berkeley, Novato, and San Mateo in northern California. The rejuvenated computers will be donated to local schools and non-profit organizations. More information can be found here.

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Events: February 21, 2008 to April 21, 2008

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

Date(s)EventLocation
February 22
February 24
freed.in/2008 Delhi, India
February 23
February 24
Free/Open Source Developers' European Meeting 2008 Brussels, Belgium
February 23
February 26
Linux World Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
February 25
February 26
2008 Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop San Jose, CA, USA
February 25
February 29
NEW PHP 5 and PostgreSQL Bootcamp with Mark Fenoglio Atlanta, Georgia, USA
February 25
February 27
German Perl Workshop Frankfurt, Germany
February 28
March 1
Linux Audio Conference Cologne, Germany
March 1
March 2
Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2008 Chemnitz, Germany
March 3
March 6
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference San Diego, CA, USA
March 3
March 6
Drupalcon Boston 2008 Boston, MA, USA
March 4
March 9
CeBIT Germany Hannover, Germany
March 8
March 14
Asia OSS Conference & Showcase 2008 Guangzhou, China
March 11
March 12
4th AustralAsian Cleantech Forum Melbourne, Australia
March 14
March 16
PyCon 2008 Chicago, IL, USA
March 15 FSF Associate Members Meeting Cambridge, MA, USA
March 16
March 19
BossaConference 2008 - International Conference on Open Source Software for Mobile Embedded Platforms Pernambuco, Brazil
March 16
March 21
Novell BrainShare 2008 Salt Lake City, UT, USA
March 16
March 20
Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa Dakar, Senegal
March 17
March 20
Eclipse Community Conference Santa Clara, CA, USA
March 17
March 20
Spring VON.x Conference San Jose, CA, USA
March 19
March 20
LinuxWorld Expo 2008 Brussels Brussels, Belgium
March 24 SDForum Global Open Source Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
March 26
March 28
CanSecWest 2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 26 Document Freedom Day Everywhere, Worldwide
March 29
March 30
PostgreSQL Conference East 2008 College Park, MD, USA
March 31
April 2
UKUUG Spring 2008 Conference - Dynamic Languages Birmingham, England
March 31 2008 European Workshop on System Security Glasgow, Scotland
March 31
April 2
UKUUG Spring 2008 Conference Birmingham, England
March 31
April 2
Sharkfest Wireshark Network Analysis Summit Los Altos Hills, CA, USA
April 2 First meeting UKUUG PostgreSQL SIG Birmingham, England
April 3
April 4
E-Mail Systems Conference 2008 (Exim and other mail systems) Birmingham, England
April 4
April 5
openSUSE Packaging Days II IRC, Everywhere
April 7
April 9
IT360 Conference & Expo Toronto, Canada
April 7
April 11
Django Bootcamp with Juan Pablo Claude Atlanta, Georgia, USA
April 8
April 10
Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit Austin, TX, USA
April 10
April 13
Go-OO Conference 2008 Prague, Czech Republic
April 12
April 13
Open Source Developers Conference Taiwan, 2008 Taipei, Taiwan
April 12
April 13
LugRadio Live USA 2008 San Francisco, CA, USA
April 12
April 18
KDevelop Developer Meeting 2008 Munich, Germany
April 14
April 18
Embedded Systems Conference - Silicon Valley San Jose, CA, USA
April 14
April 17
MySQL Conference and Expo Santa Clara, CA, USA
April 14
April 18
Samba eXPerience 2008 Göttingen, Germany
April 15
April 17
Embedded Linux Conference 2008 Mountain View, CA, USA
April 15
April 17
SOA in Health Care Chicago, IL, USA
April 16
April 18
X Developers' Conference 2008 Mountain View, CA, USA
April 16
April 18
X Developers' Conference for 2008 Mountain View, USA
April 16
April 18
Croatian Linux User Conference Zagreb, Croatia
April 17
April 19
9th International Free Software Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 18
April 19
Third Annual Silicon Valley Ruby Conference San Jose, CA, USA
April 18
April 20
National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition San Antonio, TX, USA
April 18
April 20
Penguicon 2008 Troy, Michigan, USA

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