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Gartner says Open Source will be key enabler for SaaS

Gartner has proclaimed the use of open-source technology as a key enabler for the adoption of the SaaS development platform. "By 2010, 90 percent of software as a service (SaaS) providers will have some open-source component in their technology infrastructure stacks (that is, operating system, application server and database) to reduce software acquisition expenses, according to Gartner, Inc. User communities are expanding around application-platform-as-a-service providers and will leverage open-source practices for sharing software applications."

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GNU and FSF tell WBUR.org Boston: PlayOgg!

GNU and the Free Software Foundation are taking action with the PlayOgg.org campaign. "Boston-locals: Join the PlayOgg.org campaign to hand-deliver a letter to "Boston's NPR Station," WBUR, requesting that they provide an Ogg Vorbis stream on wbur.org." If you are not in Boston, the website has other ways to help out.

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UKUUG opposes fast-tracking of OOXML

The UKUUG is opposing the fast-tracking of OOXML. "Last week the BSI (The British Standards Institution) decided to approve the fast tracking of the Microsoft sponsored OOXML format (DIS29500). UKUUG is concerned that this decision is against the public interest for several reasons: ..."

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Commercial announcements

MIPS Technologies Introduces hot spot kernel analyzer

MIPS Technologies, Inc. has announced the Hot Spot Analyzer for profiling the Linux kernel. "With the Hot Spot Analyzer (HSA), software engineers can quickly identify program bottlenecks that are restricting system performance. The HSA builds on the unique Zero Overhead Program Counter (PC) Sampling feature built into the MIPS32(R) 24K(R), MIPS32(R) 34K(R) and MIPS32(R) 74K(TM) core families."

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SUSE appliance program and JeOS announced

Novell, has announced the launch of the SUSE appliance program. "The SUSE Appliance Program will enable ISVs to bundle their applications with customized versions of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform and to deliver the bundle as a software appliance, which can be run natively on x86-based hardware, or as a virtual appliance, which includes a paravirtualized kernel designed to deliver optimal performance in a virtualized environment."

Also announced is "SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS", a minimized version of SUSE Linux. "The term JeOS refers to a customized operating system that precisely fits the needs of a particular application. The application's OS requirements can be determined manually or with an analytical tool. JeOS includes only the pieces of an operating system required to support a particular application and any other third-party components contained in the appliance."

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Oracle subsidiary Innobase OY releases InnoDB Plug-in for MySQL 5.1

Oracle has announced the release of InnoDB Plug-in 1.0 for MySQL 5.1. "The InnoDB Plug-in 1.0 for MySQL 5.1 adds advanced capabilities to InnoDB, the popular, fast, reliable, and proven storage engine for MySQL".

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TechInsights and Timesys launch web-based benchmarking tool

TechInsights and Timesys have announced the launch of BenchLab.com. "TechInsights and Timesys Corporation announced today that they are jointly launching BenchLab.com, a complete, secure development environment for conducting hardware and software evaluations over the web via a browser. BenchLab.com combines TechInsights' patented VirtuaLab online lab environment and Timesys' patented customizable Linux building environment to provide system architects and design engineers the ability to test hardware with benchmarks in a real lab environment from anywhere in the world."

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New Books

Programming Groovy--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published the book Programming Groovy by Venkat Subramaniam.

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Resources

FSFE Newsletter

The April 16, 2008 edition of the FSFE Newsletter is online with the latest Free Software Foundation Europe news. Topics include: MS-OOXML approved by ISO, FSFE concerned about standardisation process, FSFE context briefing: Interoperability woes with MS-OOXML, Document Freedom Day - young but strong, Keynote at Chemnitzer Linux-Tagen, Germany, FSFE co-launches Open Parliament initiative, Speech on Free Software licensing and the GPLv3 at OSiM USA and FTF delivers licensing courses in Zurich, Switzerland.

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VistA Newsletter Jan-Feb 2008 (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the January-February, 2008 edition of the Veterans Affairs VistA software newsletter. "We have some major news related to VistA® as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report in this issue. The news from the VA is rather significant and substantive so we have written a special In-Depth report on the subject, separate from the Commentary section..."

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Contests and Awards

Qt Centre Programming Contest 2008 (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced the Qt Centre Programming Contest. "Qt Centre is announcing its second edition of their Qt Programming Contest. This contest is focused around the Qt and Qtopia communities and starts today and continues until September 30th. This year's categories include collaboration, education, project management, automation, demo, plasmoid, and newcomer."

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Meeting Minutes

Perl 6 Design Meeting Minutes (use Perl)

The minutes from the April 9, 2008 Perl 6 Design Meeting have been published. "The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 09 April 2008. Larry, Allison, Patrick, Will, Jerry, Jesse, Nicholas, and chromatic attended."

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Upcoming Events

CCRMA Summer Workshop for 2008, Stanford University

The CCRMA Summer Workshop will be held in Palo Alto, CA during July, 2008. "The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University is happy to announce its offering of intensive programs where top educators and researchers from the fields of music, engineering, and computer science present a detailed study of specialized subjects. The workshops are one or two weeks long. The workshops are open to the public."

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Six collegiate cyber defense team finalists compete for national title

The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition will be held in San Antonio, TX on April 18-20. "Texas A&M University looks to defend their National Champions title against five teams when the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) takes place April 18-20 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel. The 3rd annual NCCDC is being hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), a nationally recognized leader in cyber security education and research. The CCDC program has grown from five participating schools in 2005 to 56 schools in 2008 with six regional competitions taking place nationwide."

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Springtime for Django

The Django web platform's weblog has a project status update for recent Django events. "Spring has returned to the northern hemisphere, and everything's coming up Django. Here's a rundown of what's going on in the wide world of Django: PyCon 2008 (March 14-16, with sprints the following week) in Chicago had a healthy Django contingent; the official "Birds of a Feather" session was packed, as were the two Django tutorials held the day before the conference and the four Django-related talks during the main conference session".

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LF Legal Summit agenda announced

The agenda for the Linux Foundation Legal Summit has been announced, the event will be held on April 23, 2008 in Schaumburg, IL. "The Linux Foundation Legal Summit, conducted by LF In-House Member Counsel, for In-House Counsel, will focus on the issues that in-house counsel are now routinely asked to address about the use of open source software within the enterprise or within a commercial offering. *Please note that this event is only open to in-house counsel."

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Visionaries headline Mobile Computing Conference

The Mobile Future conference will take place in Santa Clara, CA on April 22, 2008. "Bob Iannucci, David Pogue, Timothy Chou, and Christy Wyatt are among the academic, research, media, and industry visionaries slated to speak at "The Mobile Future: Technology Revolutionizing Our Lives." Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus and The Fisher IT Center at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, the one-day conference will draw from the collective wisdom of its guest visionaries to predict and advise on the future of mobile computing."

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OSCON Celebrates Tenth Year

The program for the tenth O'Reilly OSCON has been announced. "Registration has opened for the tenth O'Reilly OSCON Open Source Convention, scheduled for July 21 through 25, 2008, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Program chairs Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill have announced the program for OSCON 2008, happening concurrently with Ubuntu Live at the same venue. In addition to celebrating the event's tenth anniversary, OSCON 2008 explores the future, searching for the ideas and innovations that will shape the next era of software freedom."

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WebGUI Users Conference 2008 announced

The 2008 WebGUI Users Conference has been announced, it will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on August 26-29. "This is your chance to learn from the very best: the people who make WebGUI. The WebGUI Users Conference is an annual event that brings together Plain Black staff and field experts from around the globe to present on all things WebGUI. In addition, you'll work side by side with other WebGUI users from organizations around the world. Nowhere else will you find this concentration of WebGUI knowledge in one place at one time."

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Events: April 24, 2008 to June 23, 2008

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

Date(s)EventLocation
April 21
April 25
Open Source meets Industry: Application Park and International Congress Hannover, Germany
April 22
April 25
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, CA, USA
April 23
April 24
Troopers 2008 Security Conference Munich, Germany
April 25
April 29
Open Tech Summit Taiwan 2008 Taipei, Taiwan
April 25
April 26
Guademy 2008 Valencia, Spain
April 27
May 2
INTEROP Las Vegas 2008 Las Vegas, NV, USA
April 28
May 4
Monotone Developer Summit Wuppertal, Germany
May 2
May 3
Maker Faire Bay Area San Mateo, CA, USA
May 5
May 9
Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn Atlanta, Georgia, USA
May 8 Embedded Masterclass 2008 London, UK
May 8
May 11
Libre Graphics Meeting 2008 Wroclaw, Poland
May 8
May 9
IV WHYFLOSS CONFERENCE MADRID 08 Madrid, Spain
May 9
May 11
Pycon Italia Due Firenze, Italy
May 12
May 14
Where 2.0 Conference Burlingame, CA, USA
May 13 Embedded Masterclass 2008 Bristol, UK
May 15 NLUUG spring conference 2008 Ede, the Netherlands
May 15
May 16
YAPC::Asia 2008 Tokyo, Japan
May 15
May 16
V WHYFLOSS CONFERENCE CORRIENTES 08 Corrientes, Argentina
May 16
May 17
FOSSCamp 2008 Prague, Czech Republic
May 17
May 18
4th Int. Workshop on Software Engineering for Secure Systems (SESS'08) Leipzig, Germany
May 17
May 18
French-speaking Python Days Paris, France
May 19
May 23
AFS and Kerberos Best Practices Workshop 2008 Newark, NJ, USA
May 20
May 23
PGCon 2008 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
May 20
May 21
Digital Standards Organization (Digistan) Workshop The Hague, The Netherlands
May 21
May 22
EUSecWest 2008 London, England
May 21
May 22
linuxdays.ch Genève Genève, Switzerland
May 28
May 31
LinuxTag 2008 where .com meets .org Berlin, Germany
May 29
June 1
RailsConf 2008 Portland, OR, USA
May 29
May 30
SyScan’08 Hong Kong Hong Kong, China
May 30
May 31
eLiberatica 2008 - The benefits of Open and Free Technologies Bucharest, Romania
June 2
June 5
VON.x Europe Amsterdam, the Netherlands
June 3
June 4
Nordic Nagios Meet Stockholm, Sweden
June 6
June 7
Portuguese Perl Workshop Braga, Portugal
June 6
June 7
European Tcl/Tk User Meeting 2008 Strasbourg, France
June 9
June 13
Python Bootcamp with David Beazley Atlanta, Georgia, USA
June 10
June 15
REcon 2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 11
June 13
kvm developer's forum 2008 Napa, CA, USA
June 16
June 18
YAPC::NA 2008 Chicago, IL, USA
June 17
June 22
Liverpool Open Source City Liverpool, England
June 18
June 20
Red Hat Summit 2008 Boston, MA, USA
June 18
June 20
National Computer and Information Security Conference ACIS 2008 Bogota, Columbia
June 19
June 21
Fedora Users and Developers Conference Boston, MA, USA
June 22
June 27
2008 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Boston, MA, USA

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