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Non-Commercial announcements

The FSF's open letter to Google

The Free Software Foundation has laid down a challenge to Google in the form of an open letter. "With your purchase of On2, you now own both the world's largest video site (YouTube) and all the patents behind a new high performance video codec -- VP8. Just think what you can achieve by releasing the VP8 codec under an irrevocable royalty-free license and pushing it out to users on YouTube? You can end the web's dependence on patent-encumbered video formats and proprietary software (Flash)."

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Legal Announcements

JMRI case settled

Andy Updegrove reports that Jacobsen v. Katzer (the JMRI case) has been settled on terms which uphold the enforceability of free software licenses in the US. "With the case now settled, there can be no further appeals - meaning that the rulings of the District and Appeals courts are now binding in their circuit. Although federal courts in other circuits will not be bound this court's decision, the California circuit is well respected, and other federal judges nationwide will be influenced by its legal conclusions. As a result, the results of the Jacobsen v. Katzer could eventually become the law of the land."

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Articles of interest

Reeling in the hackers (Irish Times)

The Irish Times covers a study about hackers in films. "Also, the vast majority of hackers in films are actually portrayed as the good guys - a huge 73 per cent, with 10 per cent being somewhere in between, and 17 per cent portrayed as bad guys. "I was definitely surprised at the number of films showing hackers in a positive light," [Damian Gordon] says." (Thanks to John Britton)

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New Books

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know--New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has published the book 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know, edited by Kevlin Henney.

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Resources

LAC Times launched

The LAC Times has been launched. "I'm pleased to announce the first edition of the LAC Times, a newsletter as a prelude to the Linux Audio Conference 2010. We intend to release a new edition roughly every month with news, backgrounds and announcements regarding the Linux Audio Conference in May."

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Linux Foundation Newsletter

The February, 2010 edition of the Linux Foundation Newsletter has been published. "In this month's Linux Foundation newsletter: * Linux Foundation Hosts MeeGo Project * Free Linux Training Webinar Series Announced * New Collaboration Summit Program Details Revealed * 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest Launches * Linux Foundation in the News * Upcoming Training Course from Linux Foundation".

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Hg Init: a Mercurial tutorial

Joel Spolsky has put together an extensive Mercurial tutorial with lots of examples and a humorous approach. "Finally, if you haven’t collapsed yet from exhaustion, before I finish this tutorial, I just want to show you one more tiny thing: you can use the hg update command to go backwards or forwards in time to any revision you want. Well, you can’t really go into the future per se, although that would be super-cool. If you only had four revisions you would just hg update -r 103994 and get some really cool anti-gravity sci-fi futuristic version of your source code. But of course, that is not possible."

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Interviews

A handbook for the open source way (opensource.com)

Opensource.com talks with Karsten Wade about the project to write The Open Source Way, a book on creating communities. "The chapter that has me most excited and the one I want to dive into now that I have some breathing room is Business the open source way. There is potential to write some groundbreaking, new content here to identify practices that people haven't thought of in that way before. There is also an even greater chance to make one canonical location for references and learning derived from the best books and the best minds about applying these principles to business."

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Surveys

Arduino Usage Survey

The Arduino open hardware microprocessor project is conducting an online Usage Survey. "We're looking to gather data about how you use the Arduino hardware, software, and website. This survey should take about five to ten minutes. Please share it with all the Arduino users you know, so we can get a broad view of how you're using it."

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The Five Best Linux Video Players (Linux.com)

Here's a survey of Linux video players on Linux.com. "The video support for VLC on Linux is outstanding. If you can't watch it in VLC, odds are you can't watch it. Note that VLC also boasts support for quite a few subtitle and captioning formats, so it may be the best option for users who need or want subtitles with their video for accessibility reasons or just because they want to be able to watch their dialog."

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Calls for Presentations

12th German Perl Workshop 2010 cfp (use Perl)

use Perl has announced the call for papers for the 12th German Perl Workshop 2010. "The 12th German Perl Workshop will be hosted from June 7th to 9th 2010 in Schorndorf near Stuttgart. The workshop is targeted towards all experienced and beginning Perl developers. Obviously, the workshop is only as good as its talks — your talks. We are interested in all talks about Perl itself or about Perl related topics, and especially talks that would apply to this year's motto “Modern Perl“. The submission deadline for your 5, 20 or 40 minute talks has been extended until March 5th, 2010."

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Rails 3 release explored at RailsConf

A call for participation has gone out for RailsConf. "Sebastopol, CA, February 18, 2010 - This year's RailsConf offers the Rails community the opportunity to delve into the possibilities created by the Rails 3 release. O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central, Inc. have opened registration for RailsConf on June 7-10, 2010, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. To ensure that the program includes the most timely content possible, the call for participation remains open until March 17, 2010."

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Upcoming Events

Collaboration Summit preliminary program agenda is now available

The preliminary program agenda for the 4th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit has been announced. The summit will be held in San Francisco, CA on April 14-16, 2010. "The Collaboration Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only gathering of the brightest minds in Linux, including core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations. It is the only conference designed to accelerate collaboration and encourage solutions by bringing together a true cross-section of leaders to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today."

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OOoCon - September in Budapest

The next OpenOffice.org Conference has been announced, the call for papers will happen soon. "The OpenOffice.org community today announced the date for its anniversary OpenOffice.org Conference. This OOoCon in the year of the project's 10th birthday, will take place from August 31st to September 3rd in Budapest, Hungary."

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PostgreSQL Conference East talks announced

The PostgreSQL Conference East talks have been announced. "The PostgreSQL Conference, U.S. team is pleased to announce the current list of talks for PostgreSQL Conference East. Being held in Philadelphia from March 25th through March 28th, PostgreSQL Conference East is the PostgreSQL Conference for Developers, Users and Decision Makers who want to learn and network with all that is PostgreSQL. The list of talks can be found here."

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Events: March 4, 2010 to May 3, 2010

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

Date(s)EventLocation
March 1
March 5
Global Ignite week Online, Online
March 2
March 4
djangoski Whistler, Canada
March 2
March 5
FOSSGIS 2010 Osnabrück, Germany
March 2
March 6
CeBIT Open Source Hannover, Germany
March 5
March 6
Open Source Days 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 7
March 10
Bossa Conference 2010 Recife, Brazil
March 13
March 19
DebCamp in Thailand Khon Kaen, Thailand
March 15
March 18
Cloud Connect 2010 Santa Clara, CA, USA
March 16
March 18
Salon Linux 2010 Paris, France
March 17
March 18
Commons, Users, Service Providers Hannover, Germany
March 19
March 21
Panama MiniDebConf 2010 Panama City, Panama
March 19
March 21
Libre Planet 2010 Cambridge, MA, USA
March 19
March 20
Flourish 2010 Open Source Conference Chicago, IL, USA
March 22
March 26
CanSecWest Vancouver 2010 Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 22 OpenClinica Global Conference 2010 Bethesda, MD, USA
March 23
March 25
UKUUG Spring 2010 Conference Manchester, UK
March 25
March 28
PostgreSQL Conference East 2010 Philadelphia, PA, USA
March 26
March 28
Ubuntu Global Jam Online, World
March 30
April 1
Where 2.0 Conference San Jose, CA, USA
April 9
April 11
Spanish DebConf Coruña, Spain
April 10 Texas Linux Fest Austin, TX, USA
April 12
April 15
MySQL Conference & Expo 2010 Santa Clara, CA, USA
April 12
April 14
Embedded Linux Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
April 14
April 16
Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit San Francisco, USA
April 14
April 16
Lustre User Group 2010 Aptos, California, USA
April 16
April 17
R/Finance 2010 Conference - 2nd Annual Chicago, IL, US
April 16 Drizzle Developer Day Santa Clara, CA, United States
April 23
April 25
FOSS Nigeria 2010 Kano, Nigeria
April 23
April 25
QuahogCon 2010 Providence, RI, USA
April 24
April 25
OSDC.TW 2010 Taipei, Taiwan
April 24
April 25
BarCamb 3 Cambridge, UK
April 24 Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre Many, Many
April 24
April 25
Fosscomm 2010 Thessaloniki, Greece
April 24
April 25
LinuxFest Northwest Bellingham WA, USA
April 24 Open Knowledge Conference 2010 London, UK
April 24
April 26
First International Workshop on Free/Open Source Software Technologies Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
April 25
April 29
Interop Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV, USA
April 28
April 29
Xen Summit North America at AMD Sunnyvale, CA, USA
April 29 Patents and Free and Open Source Software Boulder, CO, USA
May 1
May 2
OggCamp Liverpool, England
May 1
May 4
Linux Audio Conference Utrecht, NL
May 1
May 2
Devops Down Under Sydney, Australia

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