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Non-Commercial announcements

FSFE welcomes KDE's adoption of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA)

The Free Software Foundation Europe has announced that the K Desktop Environment (KDE) Project has adopted the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA). "The FLA is a copyright assignment that allows Free Software projects to assign their copyright to single organisation or person. This enables projects to ensure their legal maintainability, including important issues such as preserving the ability to re-license and certainty to have sufficient rights to enforce licences in court."

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Essentia Joins Open Solutions Alliance

Open Solutions Alliance has announced its newest member, Essentia. "The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a nonprofit, vendor-neutral consortium dedicated to driving interoperability and adoption of comprehensive open solutions, today announced that Essentia has joined as its newest member and will provide a new platform for member collaboration. Essentia is a leader in providing next-generation platforms and services for online communities and commerce."

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Commercial announcements

Aptana Acquires Pydev, Leading Python IDE for Eclipse

Aptana Inc. has announced the acquisition of Pydev. "Privately held Aptana Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure for Web 2.0 application development and management, today announced the acquisition of Pydev, a highly popular Eclipse-based development environment for the Python software language. The combination of Pydev with Aptana Studio, which is approaching 2.3 million downloads, will bring Aptana's excellence in Ajax development ease to the Python community and bring Python support to Aptana's product lines."

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China's Linux market growth rate slowed in 2008Q2

CCID Consulting Co., Ltd. has announced a press release that looks at the Linux growth rate in China. "CCID Consulting's data shows that the size of China's Linux market in 2008Q2 reached 43.1 million Yuan, up 16.2% over 2007Q2. Compared with 2007Q2, the grow rate has slowed down, largely due to decline in centralized purchasing. Large industrial order is few; meanwhile, as the market becomes mature, industrial growth rate starts to slow down. The market transfers from concentration to dispersion, with competition heating up. Also seen is the transition from single server and desktop products to wider product lines and even competition of industrial chain alliance."

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OpenMRS and Pentaho collaborate on open-source health management

OpenMRS and Pentaho have announced a collaboration on the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS). "The integrated system demonstrates the power of the open source model to deliver real-world impact via community development to address user populations that are unable to acquire or maintain traditional proprietary medical records systems due to high software acquisition and maintenance costs, or the need for highly trained developers."

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New Books

Building Embedded Linux Systems, Second Edition--New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Building Embedded Linux Systems, Second Edition by Karim Yaghmour, Jonathan Masters, Gilad Ben-Yossef, and Philippe Gerum.

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The IDA Pro Book--New from No Starch Press

No Starch Press has published the book The IDA Pro Book by Chris Eagle.

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Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published the book Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby by Ian Dees.

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Resources

FSFE Newsletter

The August 23, 2008 edition of the FSFE Newsletter is online with the latest Free Software Foundation Europe news. Topics include:
1. Speeches about SELF, Free Software and licensing at FKFT
2. Local Fellowship meetings
3. New interns for FSFE
4. Students' union organizes talk on political aspects of Free Software
5. FTF releases training documentation on the SELF platform
6. Zurich Fellowship meeting - 2008-08-15
7. 'Who Owns Free Software? The Copyright and Patent Debate' speech at OSiM World, Berlin - 2008-08-17
8. Official launch of GPLv3 in The Netherlands - 2008-08-19

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Linux popularity across the globe (Royal Pingdom)

Royal Pingdom has published an analysis of global Linux usage. "The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users. But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular? To try to answer these questions, we have looked at data from Google with the highly useful Insights for Search, which gave us a number of interesting and often surprising results. Aside from just looking at Linux itself, we have included eight common Linux distributions in this survey: Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Red Hat, Mandriva, Slackware and Gentoo."

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Contests and Awards

Nominations open for the Antonio Pizzigati Prize

Nominations are being accepted for the $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for software in the public interest. "Nominations for the 2008 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest must be submitted to the Tides Foundation by September 1, 2008. The prize winner for the 2008 prize will be announced this fall."

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Contest: Best Advances for OpenVAS Network Vulnerability Tests

The Best Advances for OpenVAS Network Vulnerability Tests contest has been announced. "The OpenVAS Team (Open Vulnerability Assessment System) has started a contest and calls for submission of patches, scripts, converters or anything else that significantly improves the OpenVAS framework and extends Open Source Network Vulnerability Testing." The contest starts on August 23 and closes on October 15, prizes totaling 1000 Euros will be awarded to three winners.

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Meeting Minutes

Perl 6 Design Minutes for 25 June 2008 (use Perl)

The minutes from the June 25, 2008 Perl 6 Design Meeting have been published. "The Perl 6 design team met by phone on 11 June 2008. Larry, Allison, Patrick, Will, and chromatic attended. "

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Calls for Presentations

Call For Papers - Hackers 2 Hackers Conference 5th Edition - Brazil

A call for papers has gone out for the Hackers 2 Hackers Conference. "H2HC is a hacker conference taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 8 to 9 November 2008." The submission deadline is October 5.

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IMF 2008 - Call for Participation

A call for participation has gone out for IMF 2008, the 4th International Conference on IT Incident Management & IT Forensics. The event takes place in Mannheim, Germany on September 23-25, 2008. The submission deadline is August 10.

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PacSec 2008 CFP

A call for papers has gone out for PacSec 2008. "Announcing the opportunity to submit papers for the PacSec 2008 network security training conference. The conference will be held November 12/13th in Tokyo at the Aoyama Diamond Hall above Omotesando station. The conference focuses on emerging information security tutorials - it is a bridge between the international and Japanese information security technology communities.." The submission deadline is September 1.

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Upcoming Events

Hack Week III is almost here!

Hack Week III begins Monday, August 25th and continues until Friday, August 29th. "What's Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell's developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties." There will also be a Hack Week room at the Utah Open Source Conference where others can join in.

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Events: September 4, 2008 to November 3, 2008

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

Date(s)EventLocation
September 2
September 4
RailsConf Europe 2008 Berlin, Germany
September 5
September 7
FUDCon Brno 2008 Brno, Czech Republic
September 6
September 7
DjangoCon 2008 Mountain View, CA, USA
September 7
September 10
Workshop on Open Source Software for Computer and Network Forensics Milan, Italy
September 7
September 14
Python Game Programming Challenge Online
September 8 Encontro Nacional de openSUSE Porto, Portugal
September 9
September 11
EFMI STC 2008 London, England
September 12
September 14
The UK Python Conference Birmingham, England
September 15
September 18
ZendCon PHP 2008 Santa Clara, CA, USA
September 15
September 16
Linux Kernel Summit 2008 Portland, OR, USA
September 16
September 19
Web 2.0 Expo New York, NY, USA
September 17
September 19
The Linux Plumbers Conference Portland, OR, USA
September 18
September 19
Italian Perl Workshop Pisa, Italy
September 19
September 20
Maemo Summit 2008 Berlin, Germany
September 20 Celebrating Software Freedom Day in Riga, Latvia Riga, Latvia
September 22
September 25
Storage Developer Conference 2008 Santa Clara, CA, USA
September 23
September 25
4th International Conference on IT Incident Management and IT Forensics Manheim, Germany
September 24
September 25
OpenExpo 2008 Zürich Winterthur, Switzerland
September 25
September 27
Firebird Conference 2008 Bergamo, Italy
September 26
September 27
PGCon Brazil 2008 Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 26 Far East Perl Workshop 2008 Vladivostok, Russia
September 26
September 28
ToorCon Information Security Conference San Diego, CA, USA
September 27
September 28
WineConf 2008 Bloomington, MN, USA
September 29
October 3
Netfilter Workshop 2008 Paris, France
September 29
September 30
Conference on Software Language Engineering Toulouse, France
September 30
October 1
BA-Con 2008 Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 1
October 3
Vision 2008 Embedded Linux Developers Conference San Francisco, USA
October 2
October 3
ekoparty Security Conference Buenos Aires, Argentina
October 3
October 4
Open Source Days 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark
October 4 PyArkansas 2008 Central Arkansas, USA
October 4
October 5
Texas Regional Python Unconference 2008 Austin, TX, USA
October 7
October 10
OWASP NYC AppSec 2008 Conference New York, NY, USA
October 7 Openmind 2008 Tampere, Finland
October 7
October 10
Linux-Kongress 2008 Hamburg, Germany
October 7 Red Hat Government Users and Developers Conference Washington, DC, United States
October 10
October 12
Ohio LinuxFest 2008 Columbus, Ohio, USA
October 10
October 12
PostgreSQL Conference West 08 Portland, OR, USA
October 10
October 12
Skolelinux Developer Gathering Oslo, Norway
October 11
October 12
Pittsburgh Perl Workshop Pittsburgh, PA, USA
October 11
October 12
MerbCamp San Diego, CA, USA
October 13
October 14
Linux Foundation End User Collaboration Summit New York, USA
October 13 Skolelinux User Conference Oslo, Norway
October 15
October 16
OpenSAF Developer Days Munich, Germany
October 17
October 18
European PGDay 2008 Prato, Italy
October 18
October 19
Maker Faire Austin Austin, TX, USA
October 19
October 24
Colorado Software Summit 2008 Keystone, CO, USA
October 20
October 24
15th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference Manassas, VA, USA
October 21
October 23
Web 2.0 Expo Europe Berlin, Germany
October 21
October 24
Systems Munich, Germany
October 22
October 24
Hack.lu 2008 Parc Hotel Alvisse, Luxembourg
October 22
October 24
Encuentro Linux Concepción, Chile
October 24
October 26
Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit Gothenburg, Sweden
October 25
October 26
T-DOSE 2008 Eindhoven, the Netherlands
October 25 Ontario Linux Fest 2008 Toronto, Canada
October 26
October 31
IBM Information On Demand 2008 Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
October 27
October 30
Embedded Systems Conference - Boston Boston, USA
October 29
November 1
10th Real-Time Linux Workshop Colotlán, Jalisco, Mexico

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Web sites

Launchpad 2.1.8 announced

Version 2.1.8 of Launchpad, a collaborative hosting service for open source projects, has been announced. "This release brings two items of good news for anyone who commits code to branches registered in Launchpad: * Karma for commits: Launchpad now awards karma for code commits to project branches. * Feeds of each person's code commits: as well as a feed that shows which branches you work on, Launchpad now gives you a feed of all the commits you've made to branches in Launchpad."

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Miscellaneous

Fun patent of the day

It seems that Microsoft was awarded patent #7,415,666 on August 19, 2008. The bleeding-edge technology, which was evidently invented around 2005, is: "In one implementation, pressing a Page Down or Page Up keyboard key/button allows a user to begin at any starting vertical location within a page, and navigate to that same location on the next or previous page. For example, if a user is viewing a page starting in a viewing area from the middle of that page and ending at the bottom, a Page Down command will cause the next page to be shown in the viewing area starting at the middle of the next page and ending at the bottom of the next page."

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