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Draft Wikipedia license change plan

The Wikimedia Foundation has posted a draft plan for changing its licensing away from the GNU Free Documentation License - a change which was enabled by the FDL 1.3 release. They hope to finalize this plan by the beginning of February, then hold an election to let contributors make the final decision.

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Commercial announcements

Deutsche Telekom spinoff launches cloud marketplace

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories has launched the Zimory Public Cloud. "The reality ofcloud computing takes a major step forward this week when Zimory GmbH - a spinoff of Deutsche Telekom -- unveils Zimory Public Cloud, an online marketplace that for the first time brings together buyers and sellers of computing resources. Zimory Public Cloud provides companies of all sizes instant, easy and flexible access to external computing power worldwide while also enabling businesses with excess server capacity to offer their resources to businesses around the world."

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VMware reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 results

VMware has announced its 2008 yearly and fourth quarter financial results. "Revenues for the fourth quarter were $515 million, an increase of 25% from the fourth quarter of 2007. -- GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $102 million, an increase of 34% from the fourth quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $135 million, an increase of 25% from the fourth quarter of 2007. -- GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $111 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $78 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $142 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to $103 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2007."

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New Books

The Art of Lean Software Development - New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book The Art of Lean Software Development by Curt Hibbs, Steve Jewett and Mike Sullivan.

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The Art of Application Performance Testing - New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book The Art of Application Performance Testing by Ian Molyneaux.

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Beautiful Architecture - New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Beautiful Architecture, edited by Diomidis Spinellis and Georgios Gousios.

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New Book: FLOSS+Art

OpenMute has published the book FLOSS+Art by a variety of authors. "What does Free and Open Source software (FLOSS) provide to artists and designers - beyond just free alternatives to established tools from Photoshop to Final Cut? "FLOSS+Art" is the first book to answer this question. It shows how the value of Free Software lies in its differences and creative challenges, as opposed to out-of-the-box and off-the-shelf solutions; how it allows to work and collaborate differently with computers, and therefore enable different kinds of art and design."

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Hello, Android--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published the book Hello, Android by Ed Burnette.

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The Manga Guide to Databases--New from No Starch Press

No Starch Press has published the book The Manga Guide to Databases by Mana Takahashi, Shoko Azuma, and Trend-pro Co, Ltd.

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Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

MacFreda publishing has published the book Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference by Keir Thomas. A freely downloadable PDF version is available.

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Designing Web Interfaces - New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book Designing Web Interfaces by Bill Scott and Theresa Neil.

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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual Posted on Wikipedia--O'Reilly Media Alert

O'Reilly has announced the free availability of the book Wikipedia: The Missing Manual. "The Missing Manuals series, published by O'Reilly Media, today announced the migration of its book about Wikipedia to Wikipedia. As of today, the entire contents of "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" (O'Reilly, $29.99) by John Broughton is available for free online for editing and updating just like any other Wikipedia entry."

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Resources

FTF releases legal infrastructure guide for Free Software projects

FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) has announced the release of a guide to assist with establishing legal infrastructure for Free Software projects. "The guide gives tips on how Free Software projects can consolidate their legal position. It includes information about setting up legal entities, dealing with copyright issues, managing trademarks, and best practices for project management."

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Radeon R6xx/R7xx 3D register reference guide released

AMD has announced the release of the 3D register reference guide for ATI Radeon R6xx and R7xx chipsets. This is another important step toward enabling full (free) support for Radeon-based graphics adapters. It has taken a while, but it's clear that AMD was serious when it announced its plans to open up its hardware.

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Contests and Awards

"We're Linux" video contest kicks off

The Linux Foundation has formally kicked off the "We're Linux" video contest. To better represent the community nature of Linux, the contest was renamed from "I'm Linux" after input from Linux community members. The press release also announces the six judges for the contest. "'While Microsoft spent large sums of money on advertising last year to attempt to reinvent itself, and Apple continued to use well executed yet traditional techniques for advertising its alternative, Linux will be best represented by using the same kind of collaborative model used to develop the operating system,' said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation." Click below for the full press release.

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Education and Certification

Course dates 2009 - Python Academy

A number of Python Academy courses will be held in Leipzig, Germany through the first half of 2009.

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Calls for Presentations

EuroDjangoCon '09 announced

The 2009 EuroDjangoCon has been announced. "For those of you that don't know, EuroDjangoCon will be on 4th, 5th and 6th May 2009 in Prague." The call for talks is currently open.

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IMF 2009 Call for Papers

A call for papers has gone out for IMF 2009, the 5th International Conference on IT Security Incident Management & IT Forensics. The event takes place on September 15-17, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. Submissions are due by May 18.

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Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit call for participation

Opens registration and a call for papers has gone out for the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. "The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that registration is open for the Linux Foundation's Annual Collaboration Summit taking place April 8 - 10, 2009 in San Francisco. Also available today are further details, including the Call for Proposals (CFP), for both the Annual Collaboration Summit and LinuxCon 2009."

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PostgreSQL Conference, U.S. East 09 Call for Papers

A call for papers has gone out for the PostgreSQL Conference. "PostgreSQL Conference, U.S., East 09 will be held in Philadelphia at historic Drexel University from April 3rd through 5th. The call for papers is now out at: http://www.postgresqlconference.org/2009/east/."

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Upcoming Events

Registration is open for Cloud Summit 2009

TechWeb has announced open registration for Cloud Summit 2009. The event takes place in Las Vegas, NV on May 18-19, 2009. "Enterprise Cloud Summit is the only industry event to tackle enterprise cloud adoption. This two-day program is packed with industry heavyweights and real-world demos that show you the promises - and pitfalls - of cloud technology."

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The Demonstrating Open-Source Healthcare Solutions Conference

The Demonstrating Open-Source Healthcare Solutions conference (DOHCS 2009) has been announced. "The leading Open Source healthcare companies-Medsphere Systems (OpenVista), ClearHealth, Akaza Research (OpenClinica) and WebReach (Mirth)-are joining forces to present the Third Annual Demonstrating Open Source Healthcare Solutions (DOHCS) conference on February 20th, 2009 at the Los Angeles Westin LAX. This event takes place in association with the Southern California Linux Exposition (SCALE), held at the same location on February 21 and 22."

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FOSS in Healthcare IT Conference (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the FOSS in Healthcare unconference. "The Houston crew (including the editor of this site) are joining together to host an entire conference devoted to FOSS in Healthcare in Houston, TX Summer of 09 (July 31st - Aug 2nd) We have invited several of the top FOSS projects, including Misys, ClearHealth, WorldVistA, OpenMRS, Tolven, DSS, Medsphere, and Mirth, just to mention a few!"

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Registration is open for the OpenClinica European Summit (LinuxMedNews)

LinuxMedNews has announced the opening of registration for the OpenClinica European Summit. "Akaza Research announces the first annual OpenClinica European Summit. The event will be held on April 14, 2009 in Brussels, Belgium and bring together users, developers, and leading service providers of the OpenClinica open source electronic data capture (EDC) software."

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RailsConf opens registration and spotlights Rails' next generation

Registration is open for the 2009 RailsConf. "Want to see Rails 3 roll out? O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central have opened registration for RailsConf 2009, happening May 4-7, 2009, at the Las Vegas Hilton. RailsConf, the official event for the Ruby on Rails community, will showcase the latest developments in the merger of Rails and Merb into Rails 3."

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Events: February 5, 2009 to April 6, 2009

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

Date(s)EventLocation
February 4
February 5
DC BSDCon 2009 Washington, D.C., USA
February 4
February 6
Money:Tech 2009 New York, NY, USA
February 5
February 9
German Perl Workshop Frankfurt, Germany
February 7 Frozen Perl 2009 Minneapolis, MN., USA
February 7
February 8
FOSDEM 2009 Brussels, Belgium
February 9
February 11
O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing New York, NY, USA
February 15 Free Software Awards 2009 Deadline Soissons, France
February 16
February 18
Open Source Singapore Pacific-Asia Conference Singapore, Singapore
February 16
February 19
Black Hat DC Briefings 2009 Washington, D.C., USA
February 20 Demonstrating Open-Source Health Care Solutions Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 20
February 22
Southern California Linux Expo Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 24
February 26
VMworld Europe 2009 Cannes, France
February 25
February 27
German Perl Workshop Frankfurt Main, Germany
February 27 PHP UK Conference London, UK
February 28 Belgian Perl Workshop Leuven, Belgium
February 28 uCon Security Conference Recife, Brazil
March 1
March 4
Global Ignite week Online
March 3
March 8
CeBIT 2009 Hanover, Germany
March 4
March 7
DrupalCon DC 2009 Washington D.C., USA
March 6 Dutch Perl Workshop Arnhem, The Netherlands
March 7 Ukrainian Perl Workshop 2009 Kiev, Ukraine
March 8
March 11
Bossa Conference 2009 Recife, Brazil
March 9
March 13
Advanced Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn Atlanta, GA, USA
March 9
March 12
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference San Jose, CA, USA
March 12
March 15
Pingwinaria 2009 - Polish Linux User Group Conference Spala, Poland
March 14 OpenNMS User Conference (Europe) 2009 Frankfurt Main, Germany
March 14
March 15
Chemnitzer Linux Tage 2009 Chemnitz, Germany
March 16
March 20
Android Bootcamp with Mark Murphy Atlanta, USA
March 16
March 20
CanSecWest Vancouver 2009 Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 18 Linuxwochen Österreich - Klagenfurt Klagenfurt, Austria
March 21
March 22
Libre Planet 2009 Cambridge, MA, USA
March 23
March 27
iPhone Bootcamp Atlanta, Georgia, USA
March 23
April 3
Google Summer of Code '09 Student Application Period online, USA
March 23
March 27
ApacheCon Europe 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 24
March 26
UKUUG Spring 2009 Conference London, England
March 25
March 29
PyCon 2009 Chicago, IL, USA
March 27
March 29
Free Software and Beyond The World of Peer Production Manchester, UK
March 28 Open Knowledge Conference 2009 London, UK
March 31
April 2
Solutions Linux France Paris, France
March 31
April 3
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco San Francisco, CA, USA
April 3
April 5
PostgreSQL Conference: East 09 Philadelphia, PA, USA
April 3
April 4
Flourish Conference Chicago, IL, USA

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Web sites

New GNOME devel-announce-list

A new New GNOME devel-announce-list has been announced. "In an effort to make it easier to follow the GNOME release process, I've added the feed of devel-announce-list to http://news.gnome.org/. On news.gnome.org you can find information about: * various projects (like metacity) * Commit Digest (overview of last weeks development) * GNOME Foundation announcements * Development announcements (GNOME releases, freezes, etc) "

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A New Day, A New Dot (KDEDot)

KDE.News has announced a site make-over. "I would like to welcome you to the new and improved KDE Dot News. As I am sure many of you know, although the old KDE Dot News has served the KDE community very well, it was beginning to show its age. Because of that a number of people including myself took it upon ourselves to modernise the Dot. The new Dot also has a number of exciting new features including: * A comment moderation system similar to Slashdot * The ability to translate stories (and interface elements) into multiple languages * It streamlines story submission and the editing process * A sexy new look".

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