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Google Summer of Code 2009 announcements

The following projects have announced their participation in the 2009 Google Summer of Code. See the official Google Summer of Code site for more information.

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Stallman: the JavaScript trap

Richard Stallman has posted a warning about non-free JavaScript code and a call for a mechanism which would enable browsers to run only freely-licensed JavaScript. "It is possible to release a Javascript program as free software, by distributing the source code under a free software license. But even if the program's source is available, there is no easy way to run your modified version instead of the original. Current free browsers do not offer a facility to run your own modified version instead of the one delivered in the page. The effect is comparable to tivoization, although not quite so hard to overcome."

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Sugar Labs Nonprofit Announces New Version of Sugar Learning Platform

Sugar Labs has announced the availability of version 0.84 of the Sugar Learning Platform for the One Laptop Per Child XO-1, classroom PCs, and netbook computers. "Designed from the ground up for children, the Sugar computer environment is used by almost one-million students aged 5 to 12 in over 40 countries every school day. This improved version features new collaborative Sugar Activities and, in response to teacher feedback, the ability to easily suspend and resume Activities, saving time in the classroom."

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Commercial announcements

Mandriva announces Q4 financial results

Mandriva has announced its latest financial results. " Turnover is 0.83 million Euros, operating revenue is 1.11 million Euros while costs are down to 1.51 million Euros representing a trading loss of 0.40 million Euros. Turnover remains at the same level as for the previous quarter. Net loss comes to 0.14 million Euros. The company has redeployed its strategy around the OS (OEM, ODM ...) applications yielding strong added value (Pulse 2; ...) and the web. The financial restructuring carried out at the end of 2008, along with the sales reorganisation currently underway, should begin to show tangible results in the 2009 financial year."

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TomTom joins the Open Invention Network

The Open Invention Network has announced that TomTom has signed up. There's no mention of the Microsoft litigation, but clearly that has to be a motivating factor; it suggests that OIN may get involved in that case. "'Linux plays an important role at TomTom as the core of all our Portable Navigation Devices,' said Peter Spours, director of IP at TomTom. 'We believe that by becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage Linux development and foster innovation in a technical community that benefits everyone.'"

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Contests and Awards

Wietse Venema and Creative Commons win FSF awards

The Free Software Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual free software awards. "Creative Commons was honored with the Award for Projects of Social Benefit, and Wietse Venema was honored with the Award for the Advancement of Free Software. Presenting the awards was FSF founder and president Richard Stallman."

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Event Reports

O'Reilly's ETech conference scopes out ideas at the edge of innovation

O'Reilly has published a report on the recent ETech 2009 conference. "ETech 2009, O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference held March 9-12 in San Jose, urged web technologists and visionaries to grasp the opportunities in today's financial and political turmoil by focusing on work they care deeply about. Through four jam-packed days, conference-goers immersed themselves in revolutionary ideas and emergent technologies they can exploit to succeed."

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Meeting Minutes

Amendments to the OpenOffice.org Community Council Charter

The OpenOffice.org Community Council Charter has been amended. "The main changes are an increase in the number of members from nine to ten and the corresponding voting constituencies. With the new charter, any OpenOffice.org community member may stand for a council seat. We are looking forward to the upcoming elections to increase the vitality of our community and the Community Council."

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Calls for Presentations

EuroSciPy 2009 call for papers

EuroSciPy 2009 has been announced, along with a call for papers. "We're pleased to announce the EuroSciPy 2009 Conference to be held in Leipzig, Germany on July 25-26, 2009. This is the second conference after the successful conference last year. Again, EuroSciPy will be a venue for the European community of users of the Python programming language in science." Submissions are due by June 15.

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Call for presentations - Libre Graphics Meeting 2009

A call for presentations has gone out for the Libre Graphics Meeting 2009. "Libre Graphics Meeting, the premiere workshop and conference for developers and enthusiasts of free software graphics, will be held May 6-9, 2009, at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. LGM invites you to share your work with the community. Topics of interest include reports on major open source graphics projects, technology previews, engineering talks, power-user techniques, graphics business best practices, and general issues such as open file formats and collaboration." Submissions are due by April 1.

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UKUUG - Summer 2009 - Call For Papers

A call for papers has gone out for the UKUUG summer 2009 conference. Submissions are due by May 8. "Summer 2009 will take place at the Birmingham Conservatoire from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August. The conference this year will have a choice of conference streams, and we are particularly keen to get other groups and projects involved."

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Upcoming Events

FSFE announces the second European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has announced a workshop on the licensing and legal aspects of free software to be held April 23-24 in Amsterdam. It is primarily targeted at members of the European Legal Network, which was created to address free software legal issues throughout all of the different jurisdictions in Europe. "This event is one of the activities of FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF). The FTF is an infrastructure activity to help individuals, projects and businesses understand Free Software licensing and the opportunities that it presents. The FTF works in partnership with gpl-violations.org to deal with licence violations in the European arena. The goal of the FTF is to foster best practice throughout the industry." Click below for the full announcement.

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White Oak Technologies, Inc., Google, Sun Microsystems Sponsor PyCon

White Oak Technologies, Inc., Google, Sun Microsystems have been announced as sponsors of the PyCon 2009 conference. "White Oak Technologies, Inc., Google, Sun Microsystems Sponsor World's Largest Python Conference Python 3.0 enters spotlight at PyCon 2009 CHICAGO - March 24, 2009 - PyCon 2009, the largest annual conference of the worldwide Python programming community, takes place March 25 - April 2 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Chicago, IL. The core conference runs March 27-29, with days of special events both before and after the main conference."

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Events: April 2, 2009 to June 1, 2009

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

Date(s)EventLocation
March 23
April 3
Google Summer of Code '09 Student Application Period online, USA
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
April 6
April 8
CELF Embedded Linux Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
April 6
April 7
Linux Storage and Filesystem Workshop San Francisco, CA, USA
April 8
April 10
Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit San Francisco, CA, USA
April 14 OpenClinica European Summit Brussels, Belgium
April 15 Linuxwochen Österreich - Krems Krems, Austria
April 16
April 17
Nordic Perl Workshop 2009 Oslo, Norway
April 16
April 19
Linux Audio Conference 2009 Parma, Italy
April 16
April 18
Linuxwochen Austria - Wien Wien, Austria
April 20
April 24
samba eXPerience 2009 Göttingen, Germany
April 20
April 23
MySQL Conference and Expo Santa Clara, CA, USA
April 20
April 24
Perl Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch Atlanta, GA, USA
April 20
April 24
Cloud Slam '09 Online, Online
April 22
April 25
ACCU 2009 Oxford, United Kingdom
April 23
April 26
Liwoli 2009 Linz, Austria
April 23 Linuxwochen Austria - Linz Linz, Austria
April 23
April 24
European Licensing and Legal Workshop for Free Software Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 25
May 1
Ruby & Ruby on Rails Bootcamp Atlanta, Georgia, USA
April 25
April 26
LinuxFest Northwest 2009 10th Anniversary Bellingham, Washington, USA
April 25 Linuxwochen Austria - Graz Graz, Austria
April 25 Festival Latinoamericano instalación de Software libre All Latin America, All Latin America
April 25 Grazer Linux Tage 2009 Graz, Austria
April 27 OSDM 2009 Bangkok, Thailand
May 4
May 8
JavaScript/Ajax Bootcamp at the Big Nerd Ranch Atlanta, Georgia, USA
May 4
May 7
RailsConf 2009 Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 4
May 6
EuroDjangoCon 2009 Prague, Czech Republic
May 4
May 6
SYSTOR 2009---The Israeli Experimental Systems Conference Haifa, Israel
May 5 Linuxwochen Austria - Salzburg Salzburg, Austria
May 6
May 9
Libre Graphics Meeting 2009 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 6
May 8
Embedded Linux training Maynard, USA
May 7 NLUUG spring conference Ede, The Netherlands
May 8
May 10
PyCon Italy 2009 Florence, Italy
May 8
May 9
Linuxwochen Austria - Eisenstadt Eisenstadt, Austria
May 8
May 9
Erlanger Firebird Conference 2009 Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
May 11 The Free! Summit San Mateo, CA, USA
May 13
May 15
FOSSLC Summercamp 2009 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
May 15
May 16
CONFidence 2009 Krakow, Poland
May 15 Firebird Developers Day - Brazil Piracicaba, Brazil
May 16
May 17
YAPC::Russia 2009 Moscow, Russia
May 18
May 19
Cloud Summit 2009 Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 19
May 22
PGCon PostgreSQL Conference Ottawa, Canada
May 19 Workshop on Software Engineering for Secure Systems Vancouver, Canada
May 19
May 22
php|tek 2009 Chicago, IL, USA
May 19
May 21
Where 2.0 Conference San Jose, CA, USA
May 19
May 22
SEaCURE.it Villasimius, Italy
May 21 7th WhyFLOSS Conference Madrid 09 Madrid, Spain
May 22
May 23
eLiberatica - The Benefits of Open Source and Free Technologies Bucharest, Romania
May 23
May 24
LayerOne Security Conference Anaheim, CA, USA
May 25
May 29
Ubuntu Developers Summit - Karmic Koala Barcelona, Spain
May 27
May 28
EUSecWest 2009 London, UK
May 28 Canberra LUG Monthly meeting - May 2009 Canberra, Australia
May 29
May 31
Mozilla Maemo Mer Danish Weekend Copenhagen, Denmark
May 31
June 3
Techno Security 2009 Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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Web sites

KDE Brainstorm: Get Your Ideas Into KDE! (KDEDot)

KDE.News has announced the new brainstorm forum. "KDE is about the community, rather than the product. It is not all about the code: there are many other ways in which people can be part of KDE, and a very simple way is to connect with other people. In an effort to bridge the gap between users and developers, the KDE Community Forums have launched a new initiative to coordinate feature requests. A new "Brainstorm" section has been created in the KDE Community Forums: users are encouraged to post requests there."

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Miscellaneous

Creative Commons weighs in on proposed OpenStreetMap license

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) project has been looking into changing the license that covers its data for some time now. A new license—the Open Database License or ODbL—was proposed in February to replace the current Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. LWN had a detailed look at the licensing issues in October 2008, but the controversy goes back at least a year before that.

Creative Commons recently made some comments on ODbL that are rather critical of the license, at least for use by OSM; it would rather see OSM data reside in the public domain—as would a number of OSM contributors. "In general, we believe that the interests of both providers and users of data and databases, particularly in science, education, and other areas where the ability to exchange and re-use data freely is critical to achieving the objectives of the data exchange community, are best served by reducing unnecessary transaction costs, simplifying legal tools, and providing as much clarity and certainty to providers and users of their respective rights and obligations as the law allows." This seems likely to muddy the waters further, which may delay or change any OSM relicensing plans.

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