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NLnet supports KOffice (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced new support for KOffice by NLnet. "The Dutch NLnet foundation aims to financially support organisations and people that contribute to an open information society. Some time ago they decided to help KOffice in two exciting ways: to sponsor the design of a new logo for KOffice, with matching logo designs for all KOffice applications, and to sponsor Girish Ramakrishnan to improve the ODF support in KWord 2.0. The KOffice team is deeply grateful to NLnet for this support!"

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Walter Bender's "goodbye OLPC" note

Walter Bender, former president of the One Laptop Per Child project, has left that position - the latest of many to leave that project. Click below for the note he sent to the community on the way out. "After more than two years without a break at One Laptop per Child, I have decided to take some time to reflect on how I can best contribute going forward to the goal of giving children around the world opportunities for a quality learning experience."

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OSI announces board election results

The Open Source Initiative has announced the results of their board elections, somewhat belatedly. Martin Michlmayr and Harshad Gune, the two nominees of the OSI board, were elected unanimously, though Bruce Perens was nominated based on his write-in campaign for a seat. Some additional analysis can be found at the 451 CAOS Theory weblog.

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Audacity is mentoring five Google Summer of Code students

The Audacity audio editor project has announced its support for five Google Summer of Code students. "Audacity has been approved to mentor five students for Google Summer of Code 2008! GSoC offers student developers $4,500 stipends to write code for various open source projects."

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XMMS2 Google Summer of Code students accepted

The XMMS2 music player project has announced the allocation of six GSoC students. "Google was kind enough to allocate 6 (yes six!) slots to XMMS2 for this year's Summer of Code. We received many high quality applications and the selection was harder than ever. The selected projects are all very exciting and span all over the xmms2 codebase..."

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Commercial announcements

CodeWeavers announces experimental builds of CrossOver

CodeWeavers has announced experimental builds of their CrossOver interoperability product. "I am happy to announce that we are now making available 'cutting edge' builds of CrossOver. To start, we are providing experimental builds of CrossOver Games for Linux, Mac OS X, and now BSD systems. We remain committed to providing our customers with a stable, and reliable product; one that has been tested thoroughly. So even though we are the major driving force behind Wine, CrossOver always lags behind Wine so that we can do careful development and testing."

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Frictional Games releases Penumbra: Black Plague

Frictional Games has announced the release of the game Penumbra: Black Plague for Linux and Mac OSX. "Penumbra is a first person adventure game which focuses on story, immersion and puzzles. Instead of using violence to progress the player has to use his/her wits to guide Philip on his quest to unravel the past. Played from a first person viewpoint, Penumbra is very different from other adventure games. Not only is it powered by a 3D engine utilising cutting edge technology, it also has an advanced physics system which allow for a never before seen environment interaction."

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O'Reilly launches InPractice

O'Reilly has announced the launch of O'Reilly InPractice. "This new consulting and training division aims to help companies intelligently and successfully reposition themselves in the global network--and thrive in a user-centered economy. "We created O'Reilly InPractice to assist companies that are serious about applying Web 2.0 principles but don't know how or where to start," said Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media. "The experts at O'Reilly InPractice draw on the wealth of our experience to create a practical path for companies to make the transition to Web 2.0 and the Social Web.""

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Red Hat: no desktop products coming

Red Hat's desktop team has posted an item saying that the company has no plans to offer a "traditional desktop product" anytime soon. "An explanation: as a public, for-profit company, Red Hat must create products and technologies with an eye on the bottom line, and with desktops this is much harder to do than with servers. The desktop market suffers from having one dominant vendor, and some people still perceive that today's Linux desktops simply don't provide a practical alternative. Of course, a growing number of technically savvy users and companies have discovered that today's Linux desktop is indeed a practical alternative. Nevertheless, building a sustainable business around the Linux desktop is tough, and history is littered with example efforts that have either failed outright, are stalled or are run as charities." The article goes on to list a number of desktop-oriented things that Red Hat is working on.

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Sun and Wind River to deliver carrier grade Linux on UltraSPARC T2

Sun Microsystems and Wind River have announced an effort to port the Carrier Grade Linux and Workbench development suite to the UltraSPARC T2 processor. "Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, will be the first carrier grade Linux for Sun's CMT processors. With this announcement, Sun and Wind River will be providing the networking industry with a fully integrated, optimized and tested solution of the industry's leading multicore processing hardware and CGL, enabling companies to quickly develop and deploy next-generation enabled networking applications."

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Trusted Computer Solutions introduces Security Blanket Enterprise Edition

Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. has announced the general availability of Security Blanket 2.0 Enterprise Edition, an automated system lock down and security management tool for Linux operating systems. "This enterprise solution enables systems administrators to automatically configure and enhance the security of their Linux operating platforms by simplifying the "hardening" process that must be undertaken on a regular basis to meet security compliance requirements."

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Zenoss closes record quarter

Zenoss has announced a record quarter. "Zenoss Inc., a leading provider of open source network and systems management software, propelled by explosive customer growth has expanded their operations to Austin, Texas through the addition of a new software development center. The Austin development team collectively comprises over fifty years of experience bringing enterprise-class systems management software to market."

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Meeting Minutes

Perl 6 Design Minutes for 16 April 2008

The April 16, 2008 Perl 6 Design Minutes have been posted. "The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 16 April 2008. Larry, Allison, Jerry, Will, Nicholas, Jesse, and chromatic attended."

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Calls for Presentations

DeepSec Conference call for papers

A call for papers has gone out for the DeepSec Conference. The event will take place in Vienna, Austria on November 11-14, 2008. The submission deadline is July 15. "We are interested in bleeding edge security research directly from leading researchers, professionals, academics, industry, government and the underground security community. Please do not submit specific single exp[l]oits (which might be fixed by the time of the conference) and "yet-another-PHP-hack" or the like. Exploit frameworks, general approaches, "defective by design" resp. "defective by implementation" and high impact exploits have a much higher chance ;)"

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Upcoming Events

FreedomHEC 2008 announced

FreedomHEC 2008 has been announced. "FreedomHEC 2008, the Linux device driver "unconference", will take place November 8-9, 2008 in Santa Monica, California, following WinHEC in Los Angeles. Plan to attend and learn why Linux support has become an industry standard requirement for new hardware, and how you can get your products supported under Linux quickly and conveniently for customers."

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GUADEMY 2008: Final program and online participation

The final program for GUADEMY 2008 has been published, along with a notice of online participation. "To enable participation of all people in GUADEMY 2008, we are going to broadcast the event through video streaming, and we have configured a Jabber room as a return channel for enable the online participation in the discussions."

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2009 GUADEC and Akademy to be co-hosted - maybe

The GNOME and KDE projects have sent out a call for proposals to host both GUADEC and Akademy at the same time and place in 2009. "This would be the first time that the conferences are to be co-hosted. The combined conference is expected to have around 800 attendees, being one of the biggest meetings of free software developers in the world. The content of the conferences will be organized independently, with a number of co-ordinated cross-over sessions with appeal to all attendees." They are hedging their bets, though, and not promising that the combined conference will happen.

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Education Day at Maker Faire

The Maker Faire will have a new Education Day. "Sebastopol, CA-Friday, May 2nd, Maker Faire will host its first-ever Education Day, a special day of programming allowing students and teachers to meet and interact with some of this year's Makers. Celebrating things people create themselves-from electronic gizmos to renewable energy and homemade food and clothes, Maker Faire, put on by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine, is the world's premier event for DIY (Do It Yourself) creativity."

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Announcing the monotone Developer Summit

The monotone Developer Summit will take place in Wuppertal, Germany on April 28 - May 4, 2008. "Beside the usual Meet & Greet the main topic will be of course undisturbed hacking, either on monotone's sources or a monotone-related project, like TracMonotone (Python, Trac) or guitone (C++, Qt4)."

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RailsConf 2008 registration opened

RailsConf 2008 registration is open. "Registration has opened for RailsConf 2008, scheduled for May 29 through June 1 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Copresenters Ruby Central and O'Reilly Media have announced the program, which combines keynotes, sessions, tutorials, panels, and events in an interactive meeting ground for the innovative Rails experts and companies. The conference provides attendees with examples of successful business models, development paradigms, and design strategies to enable mainstream businesses new to the Web and Rails to take advantage of this new generation of services and opportunities. "

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Rockbox Euro Devcon 2008

The Rockbox Euro Devcon will be held in Berlin, Germany on June 28-29, 2008.

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Call for Hosts for Akademy 2009 (KDE.News)

A call for hosts has gone out for Akademy 2009. "Preparations for Akademy 2008 are in full swing, but KDE e.V. is already looking forward to next year and asks potential hosts to submit proposals for Akademy 2009. For the first time we also invite proposals to hold Akademy and GUADEC, the GNOME community conference, in the same location."

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Events: May 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008

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

Date(s)EventLocation
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
June 23
June 24
O'Reilly Velocity Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
June 28
June 29
Rockbox Euro Devcon 2008 Berlin, Germany

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