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CME Group Joins The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation has announced its latest new member: the CME Group, billed as "the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange." "CME Group has been recognized as one of the financial services industry's biggest users of Linux. It first realized the benefits of Linux in 2003 when it reported that by using the operating system it would save significant costs, increase reliability, and dramatically reduce the round-trip time of a trade transaction. Since then, broader use and newer versions of Linux coupled with match engine and application improvements have helped continue that trend. In an industry where low latency is paramount, this reduction extended the fundamental savings of Linux by enabling more transactions to be made in a given day."

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EFF: U.S. Trade Office Withholds Documents on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent out a press release concerning secret IP enforcement by the US Trade Office. "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have filed suit against the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), demanding information about a secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that the government has put on a fast track to completion. The United States, Canada, the European Community, Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates are currently negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)."

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Commercial announcements

SGI Further Opens its OpenGL Contributions

SGI has announced it is releasing a new version of the SGI Free Software License B. The license, which now mirrors the free X11 license used by X.Org, further opens previously released SGI graphics software, including the SGI OpenGL Sample Implementation, the GLX API and other GLX extensions.

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Wing IDE for Python 3.1.4 released

Version 3.1.4 of Wing IDE for Python has been announced. "Wingware has released version 3.1.4 of Wing IDE. This bug fix release is available for all three product levels of Wing IDE."

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New Books

How Wikipedia Works--New from No Starch Press

No Starch Press has published the book How Wikipedia Works by Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews and Ben Yates.

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Resources

Stanford professor on competing with free software

The Stanford Graduate School of Business is highlighting the work of one of its professors (Haim Mendelson), who is working on how proprietary software companies can be competitive with free software. "There are times, however, when the open source product gets to market first. In that case, the commercial vendor does well to enter the market with a compatible product and then invest in new product features to make its product compelling even though it costs more—a strategy sometimes known as 'embrace and extend.' In this case, being “open” (or compatible) helps the commercial firm tap into the network created by the free product. Then, the commercial firm must compete by out-innovating the free product.?

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FSFE Newsletter

The September 24, 2008 edition of the FSFE Newsletter is online with the latest Free Software Foundation Europe news. Topics include: FSFE welcomes KDE's adoption of the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA), FSFE at Akademy 2008, Swedish Fellows meet for talks and barbecue, Fellowship meeting in Nijmegen, Fellowship meeting in Duesseldorf, Zurich Fellowship meeting, New members of FSFE and Printable information material available for download.

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Calls for Presentations

PyCon 2009 - Call for Tutorials

A call for tutorials has gone out for the 2008 US PyCon. "The period for submitting tutorial proposals for Pycon 2009 (US) is now open and will continue through Friday, October 31th. This year features two "pre-conference" days devoted to tutorials on Wednesday March 25 & Thursday March 26 in Chicago. This allows for more classes than ever."

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Demonstrating Open-Source Healthcare Solutions cfp (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the Demonstrating Open-Source Healthcare Solutions conference. "Healthcare's leading Open Source companies are partnering to present the Third Annual Demonstrating Open-Source Healthcare Solutions (DOHCS) conference on February 20, 2009, at the Los Angeles Westin LAX. Through the combined efforts of ClearHealth, Medsphere (OpenVista), Akaza Research (OpenClinica) and WebReach (Mirth), DOHCS will complement the Southern California Linux Exposition (SCALE) held at the same location on February 21 and 22." Submissions are due by October 31.

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Web 2.0 San Francisco cfp

A call for participation has gone out for Web 2.0 San Francisco. "You may submit to speak in a 50 minute conference session or a three hour workshop. The 50 minute conference sessions are held April 1 – 3, 2009 and can be a single speaker, joint presentation, or a panel. If you have more in-depth content, several three hour workshops slots, scheduled for March 31 (the pre-conference day) are also available." The submission deadline is October 8.

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Upcoming Events

Fighting Robots Invade Austin--O'Reilly Media Alert

O'Reilly has announced the Maker Faire 2008 RoboGames contest. "Maker Faire announces the RoboGames Texas Cup event to be held on October 18th and 19th at the second annual Austin Maker Faire at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, TX. The monstrous homemade robots, which range in weight from 30 to 340 pounds, will be coming from all over the nation and beyond to compete for the title of champion in the first ever Texas competition. Over 27 bots will battle for a Texas Cup in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight, and Super Heavyweight divisions. With over 25 fights per day, audiences will witness a bevy of pneumatic flippers, flame throwers, spinning blades of death and high-powered body slammers."

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PyCon 2009: Chicago, March 27-29

PyCon 2009 will take place in Chicago, IL on Marcy 27-29. "PyCon 2009, the seventh annual community conference for the Python programming language, will take place March 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel in Chicago, IL. The pre-conference tutorials have been expanded to two days (March 25-26), and the conference will be followed by four days of development sprints (March 30 - April 2)."

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Events: October 2, 2008 to December 1, 2008

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

Date(s)EventLocation
September 29
October 3
Netfilter Workshop 2008 Paris, France
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
November 3
November 7
ApacheCon US 2008 New Orleans, LA, USA
November 5
November 7
OpenOffice.org Conference 2008 Beijing, China
November 6 NLUUG autumn conference: Mobile Applications Ede, Netherlands
November 6
November 7
Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2008 Ede, Netherlands
November 7
November 8
TwinCity Perl Workshop 2008 Vienna, Austria
November 7
November 9
UKUUG linux conference Manchester, UK
November 8
November 9
Hackers to Hackers Conference 05' Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 8
November 9
FOSS.my Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 10
November 14
Python Bootcamp with Dave Beazley Atlanta, GA, USA
November 11
November 14
DeepSec IDSC 2008 Vienna, Austria
November 12
November 14
php|works 2008 Atlanta, GA, USA
November 12
November 13
PacSec Applied Security Conference Tokyo, Japan
November 13
November 14
International Hacking and Security Conference Seoul, Korea
November 14
November 16
OpenSQL Camp 2008 Charlottesville, VA, USA
November 16
November 20
Middle East IT Security Conference Dubai, UAE
November 19
November 20
Linux Foundation Japan Symposium Tokyo, Japan
November 20
November 21
FreedomHEC Taipei 2008 Taipei, Taiwan
November 22 The phpnw08 conference Manchester, UK
November 22 PGDay Rio de la Plata Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 22 Mandriva 2009 Installfest Everywhere, World
November 25
November 29
FOSS.IN 2008 Bangalore, India
November 25
November 30
make art 2008 Poitiers, France
November 28 Informazione geografica aperta e libera Pontedera (PI), Italy
November 28
November 29
WhyFLOSS La Plata - Argentina La Plata, Argentina
November 29 LinuxDay in Vorarlberg (Deutschland, Schweiz, Liechtenstein und Österreich) Dornbirn, Austria

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Web sites

Medsphere.org becomes a forge (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the expansion of medsphere.org "In another smart move by the "new medsphere", medsphere.org has been retooled as a community forge. They are in soft-launch now, and will make a formal announcement soon. The new site is far more community-friendly than the old one."

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UserBase goes live (KDE.News)

The KDE community has announced UserBase, a new end-user wiki for KDE. UserBase will contain tips and tricks, links to where to get more help, as well as an application catalogue giving an overview of the different kinds of programs that KDE offers.

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Audio and Video programs

Hyper Low-Latency Audio with a Real-Time Kernel (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal has published a video tutorial on low-latency audio recording. "The promise of zero or near-zero latency audio is a huge asset to the the Linux operating system. Sometimes, achieving super low-latency audio is tricky, but not if your kernel is hard-realtime capable. Cut your latency to under 3 ms with this tutorial."

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