Non-Commercial announcementsa 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.
Commercial announcementsThe 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." 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."
New BooksFLOSS+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." 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."
ResourcesThe 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."
Contests and Awards'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.
Education and Certification
Calls for PresentationsFor 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. 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." 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/."
Upcoming EventsEnterprise 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." 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." 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!" 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." 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."
|DC BSDCon 2009||Washington, D.C., USA|
|Money:Tech 2009||New York, NY, USA|
|German Perl Workshop||Frankfurt, Germany|
|February 7||Frozen Perl 2009||Minneapolis, MN., USA|
|FOSDEM 2009||Brussels, Belgium|
|O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing||New York, NY, USA|
|February 15||Free Software Awards 2009 Deadline||Soissons, France|
|Open Source Singapore Pacific-Asia Conference||Singapore, Singapore|
|Black Hat DC Briefings 2009||Washington, D.C., USA|
|February 20||Demonstrating Open-Source Health Care Solutions||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Southern California Linux Expo||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|VMworld Europe 2009||Cannes, France|
|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|
|Global Ignite week||Online|
|CeBIT 2009||Hanover, Germany|
|DrupalCon DC 2009||Washington D.C., USA|
|March 6||Dutch Perl Workshop||Arnhem, The Netherlands|
|March 7||Ukrainian Perl Workshop 2009||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Bossa Conference 2009||Recife, Brazil|
|Advanced Ruby on Rails Bootcamp with Charles B. Quinn||Atlanta, GA, USA|
|O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference||San Jose, CA, USA|
|Pingwinaria 2009 - Polish Linux User Group Conference||Spala, Poland|
|March 14||OpenNMS User Conference (Europe) 2009||Frankfurt Main, Germany|
|Chemnitzer Linux Tage 2009||Chemnitz, Germany|
|Android Bootcamp with Mark Murphy||Atlanta, USA|
|CanSecWest Vancouver 2009||Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|March 18||Linuxwochen Österreich - Klagenfurt||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|Libre Planet 2009||Cambridge, MA, USA|
|iPhone Bootcamp||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Google Summer of Code '09 Student Application Period||online, USA|
|ApacheCon Europe 2009||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|UKUUG Spring 2009 Conference||London, England|
|PyCon 2009||Chicago, IL, USA|
|Free Software and Beyond The World of Peer Production||Manchester, UK|
|March 28||Open Knowledge Conference 2009||London, UK|
|Solutions Linux France||Paris, France|
|Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|PostgreSQL Conference: East 09||Philadelphia, PA, USA|
|Flourish Conference||Chicago, IL, USA|
If your event does not appear here, please tell us about it.
Web sitesannounced. "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) " 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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