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Open-Source Backers March on Washington (New York Times)

The New York Times covers the push behind the recently announced Open Source for America group. "Look out, lobbyists: Here come the open-source zealots. Some of the world’s largest technology companies have banded together in a bid to push open-source software on the United States government. They’ve formed a group called Open Source for America, which seeks to make sure that government agencies at least consider open-source software as an option in their buying decisions. The big, rather timely pitch behind this move is that open-source applications can help save the government money."

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Trade Shows and Conferences

Akademy-es 2009 (KDEDot)

KDE.News covers Akademy-es, Akademy for Spanish speakers. "Akademy-es started on Friday 10th with a talk by Cenatic, a governmental foundation with the aim to promote and improve knowledge of free software in public administrations, companies, universities, etc. For that, the foundation is creating and developing different courses both online and at site based on free software. They want to create a specific course for the KDE desktop, so they asked for collaboration from KDE España, the Spanish organisation to support and promote the KDE project in Spain. The president of Cenatic showed his interest in the project and this collaboration will be starting in the coming months."

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OSCON 2009: How Intel Designed Netbooks For Fast Starts (InformationWeek)

InformationWeek covers an OSCON talk by Dirk Hohndel. "Dirk Hohndel, chief open source and Linux technologist for Intel, addressed OSCON 2009, an annual convention of open source developers, and said it was a re-architecting of the Linux start up process that gave the netbook one of its most desirable characteristics. "We know, after all, that we're an instant gratification society," he told about 1,000 attendees gathered at the San Jose Convention Center Wednesday. "If it's more than 15 seconds No one wants to wait until they can do something."

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Companies

Eyeing Google, Splashtop partners with Yahoo (ComputerWorld)

ComputerWorld investigates a partnership between DeviceVM Inc. and Yahoo. "In a pre-emptive strike against Google Inc.'s Chrome OS, DeviceVM Inc. plans to make Web search the centerpiece of its popular instant-on operating system. Users of the Linux-based Splashtop platform will be able to type in a search query within seconds of turning on their laptop or netbook, said Dave Bottoms, senior director of product management, in an interview. For American and Japanese users, the search query will go to Yahoo Inc. For Chinese searchers, it will go to Baidu. For Russians, it will go to Yandex."

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Linux at Work

Open Space (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal looks at NASA's (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) use of open source software. "In order to coordinate its extensive use of Open Source, the space agency now has its own repo, complete with Open Source-licensed code for many of its projects. There are some esoteric options among the available projects, including the Mission Simulation ToolKit, which helps "facilitate the development of autonomous planetary robotic missions" -- something most of us do on a daily basis, of course."

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Interviews

Ten years after: An Interview with MontaVista's Jim Ready (LinuxDevices)

LinuxDevices has an interview with MontaVista founder Jim Ready. "Developers are integrating more and more open source code from multiple sources, and all these pieces are both interdependent and independent. That's breaking all the rules of software engineering. All these components are developed independently of one another and they change all the time, and then there are always some other subsystems that were not built by the same group, so it ends up breaking. The open source process is vibrant and instrumental, but it has these bad properties in some sense."

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Resources

The LiVES Video Editor (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal presents two new articles on the LiVES Video Editor: The LiVES Video Editor and VJ Tool Turns 1.0 by LiVES author Gabriel Finch and It LiVES! Video Editing For FOSS Movie Makers, a review by Dave Philips. From the first article: "The LiVES project was started in 2002 by me, the author, and I continue to manage and enhance the project. At the time I had just bought a digital camera that was capable of taking short video clips of 10 seconds or so. Although I could play these clips perfectly well in mplayer, I was unable to find any editor on Linux which was capable of editing this format. So I thought - if I can play the clips, then I should be able to save the frames and edit them. I looked at the manpage for mplayer and noted that it could output multiple image files. From this the LiVES editor was born."

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Studio DV, Open Octave, And More (Linux Journal)

Dave Phillips gets into video and looks at the Open Octave Project. "Alex Stone and Chris Cherrett share a vision. Both gentlemen compose music for orchestral ensembles, and both prefer to use Linux as their operating system. After assessing the state of Linux audio software Chris and Alex decided to leverage the power of a suite of programs specially selected for their aptness to the purpose of orchestral composition, arrangement, and recording. They've named this endeavor the Open Octave Project."

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Reviews

KDE 4.3 Shaping Up Nicely, KWin Needs Work (OSNews)

OSNews reviews KDE 4.3. "For a very long time now, I've been on the hunt for a distribution that really put a lot of effort into their KDE4 implementation. This has been a frustrating search, full of broken installations, incredibly slow performance, and so many visual artifacts they made my eyes explode. Since KDE 4.3 is nearing release, I had to pick up this quest in order to take a look at where 4.3 stands - and I found a home in the KDE version of Fedora 11. Read on for a look as to where KDE 4.3 currently stands."

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The Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle Debuts (Port25)

Peter Galli covers Microsoft's release of the Live Services Plug-in for Moodle. "Today, Microsoft announced the Live Services Plug-in for Moodle, a free download released under the General Public License v2 that integrates Microsoft's Live@edu services such as email, calendar, instant messaging and search directly into the Moodle experience. What's even better is that this new, integrated experience is accessible via a single sign-on, which lets teachers and students access the resources and services they need to efficiently communicate, collaborate and learn."

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rBuilder 5 Streamlines Linux-Based Appliance Deployment (eWeek)

eWeek reviews rBuilder 5. "The 5.0 version of rBuilder boasts several major new features. eWEEK Labs' tests of the platform, through Version 5.2.1, shows that rBuilder makes it easier to churn out virtual machine images for immediate deployment, and that the Web-based management interface that rBuilder pairs with the appliances it creates is handy. However, Labs did run into some configuration issues, as well as some issues with the new Flash-based Web front end."

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