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OpenSolaris Governing Board resigns

As expected, due to Oracle's unwillingness to appoint a liaison to work with the board, the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) has resigned. From the resolution: "[...] Whereas, without the continued support and participation of Oracle in the open development of OpenSolaris, the OGB and the community Sun/Oracle created to support the open Solaris development partnership have no meaning, and
Whereas the desire and enthusiasm for continuing open development of the OpenSolaris code base has clearly passed out of Oracle's (and thus this community's) hands into other communities [...]
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Articles of interest

EFF: Apple seeking to patent spyware

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent out a release regarding a new patent application from Apple involving some interesting antifeatures. "Essentially, Apple's patent provides for a device to investigate a user's identity, ostensibly to determine if and when that user is 'unauthorized,' or, in other words, stolen. More specifically, the technology would allow Apple to record the voice of the device's user, take a photo of the device's user's current location or even detect and record the heartbeat of the device's user. Once an unauthorized user is identified, Apple could wipe the device and remotely store the user's 'sensitive data.'" The patent claims list jailbreaking explicitly as an "unauthorized" use.

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HTC Files Answer with Counterclaims to Apple's Patent Infringement Suit (Groklaw)

Groklaw has HTC's response to Apple's anti-Android patent infringement lawsuit. Naturally enough, they deny infringing anything and have launched a counterattack against the validity of several of the patents at stake. "You know how in the movies when two guys get into a fight on the street, another guy will run into a bar and yell, Fight! and everyone runs outside to watch? I feel like that guy reading this filing, because I see HTC intends to fight back."

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Eben Moglen on what it takes to keep defending FOSS (opensource.com)

Opensource.com has a writeup from Ruth Suehle on Eben Moglen's LinuxCon keynote, with extensive quotes from the talk, including: "It's crucial to the system to keep imagination in the businesses thinking of new ways to compete using free software. Nobody can get complacent. If we become complacent, we will fail the system of coexistence. We will fail the promise we have among ourselves that the people making freedom can also help the people who love business."

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The dirty little secret about Google Android (ZDNet)

Here's a ZDNet article claiming that the openness of Android is handing control back to carriers and handset manufacturers. "As a result, we now have a situation where the U.S. telecoms are reconsolidating their power and putting customers at a disadvantage. And, their empowering factor is Android. The carriers and handset makers can do anything they want with it. Unfortunately, that now includes loading lots of their own crapware onto these Android devices, using marketing schemes that confuse buyers (see the Samsung Galaxy S), and nickle-and-diming customers with added fees to run certain apps such as tethering, GPS navigation, and mobile video."

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Talking KDE and openSUSE with Jos Poortvliet (Linux.com)

Linux.com talks with Jos Poortvliet about his work on KDE and his new job as the openSUSE community manager. "Jos Poortvliet: I am, or rather was, the KDE marketing team lead. Since I have moved to Novell as their new openSUSE community manager, I will become less involved in KDE marketing as I move on to work in openSUSE. This will also mean I will have a closer relationship with GNOME. That is exciting - they have a very different approach to things but are also working more and more with the KDE community. I hope to foster that collaboration."

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Linux Gets Google Voice, Video Chat (InformationWeek)

InformationWeek reports that Google has made voice and video chat available for Linux. "Google's web-based voice and video chat service, a long-time staple for users of Windows and the Macintosh operating systems, now is available to Linux users. The free plug-in supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions. RPM support will be coming soon, said Tristan Schmelcher, software engineer, in a company blog."

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Sony PS3 gets jailbroken to run Linux (The Inquirer)

The Inquirer takes a look at way to run Linux on your PS3 without voiding the warranty. "According to PSX Scene a bunch of open source hardware hackers have released a dongle called PS Jailbreak that will turn the PS3 back into a Linux machine. The FAT32 file system is currently supported and they are working on NTFS. It works on current firmware but the dongle is fully updatable. It also allows ordinary online game play."

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New Books

Using SQLite--New from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has released "Using SQLite", by Jay A. Kreibich.

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Upcoming Events

11.04 Ubuntu Developer Summit Announced

The next Ubuntu Developer Summit will be held in Orlando, Florida, October 25-29, 2010. "The Ubuntu Developer Summit one of the most important events in the Ubuntu calendar and at it we discuss, debate and design the next version of Ubuntu. We bring together the entire Canonical development team and sponsor a large number of community members across the wide range of areas in which people contribute to Ubuntu."

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Linux Plumbers Conference - Announcements and Reminders

The Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee has announced the speakers for this year's conference. LPC takes place in Cambridge, MA, November 3-5, 2010. There's still time to submit topic proposals for the micro-conferences.

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Events: September 2, 2010 to November 1, 2010

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

Date(s)EventLocation
August 31
September 3
OOoCon 2010 Budapest, Hungary
September 6
September 9
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference Barcelona, Spain
September 7
September 9
DjangoCon US 2010 Portland, OR, USA
September 8
September 10
CouchCamp: CouchDB summer camp Petaluma, CA, United States
September 10
September 12
Ohio Linux Fest Columbus, Ohio, USA
September 11 Open Tech 2010 London, UK
September 13
September 15
Open Source Singapore Pacific-Asia Conference Sydney, Australia
September 16
September 18
X Developers' Summit Toulouse, France
September 16
September 17
Magnolia-CMS Basel, Switzerland
September 16
September 17
3rd International Conference FOSS Sea 2010 Odessa, Ukraine
September 17
September 18
FrOSCamp Zürich, Switzerland
September 17
September 19
Italian Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference 2010 Perugia, Italy
September 18
September 19
WordCamp Portland Portland, OR, USA
September 18 Software Freedom Day 2010 Everywhere, Everywhere
September 21
September 24
Linux-Kongress Nürnberg, Germany
September 23 Open Hardware Summit New York, NY, USA
September 24
September 25
BruCON Security Conference 2010 Brussels, Belgium
September 25
September 26
PyCon India 2010 Bangalore, India
September 27
September 29
Japan Linux Symposium Tokyo, Japan
September 27
September 28
Workshop on Self-sustaining Systems Tokyo, Japan
September 29 3rd Firebird Conference - Moscow Moscow, Russia
September 30
October 1
Open World Forum Paris, France
October 1
October 2
Open Video Conference New York, NY, USA
October 1 Firebird Day Paris - La Cinémathèque Française Paris, France
October 3
October 4
Foundations of Open Media Software 2010 New York, NY, USA
October 4
October 5
IRILL days - where FOSS developers, researchers, and communities meet Paris, France
October 7
October 9
Utah Open Source Conference Salt Lake City, UT, USA
October 8
October 9
Free Culture Research Conference Berlin, Germany
October 11
October 15
17th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference Chicago/Oakbrook Terrace, IL, USA
October 12
October 13
Linux Foundation End User Summit Jersey City, NJ, USA
October 12 Eclipse Government Day Reston, VA, USA
October 16 FLOSS UK Unconference Autumn 2010 Birmingham, UK
October 16 Central PA Open Source Conference Harrisburg, PA, USA
October 18
October 21
7th Netfilter Workshop Seville, Spain
October 18
October 20
Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference Portland, OR, USA
October 19
October 20
Open Source in Mobile World London, United Kingdom
October 20
October 23
openSUSE Conference 2010 Nuremberg, Germany
October 22
October 24
OLPC Community Summit San Francisco, CA, USA
October 25
October 27
GitTogether '10 Mountain VIew, CA, USA
October 25
October 27
Real Time Linux Workshop Nairobi, Kenya
October 25
October 27
GCC & GNU Toolchain Developers’ Summit Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 25
October 29
Ubuntu Developer Summit Orlando, Florida, USA
October 26 GStreamer Conference 2010 Cambridge, UK
October 27 Open Source Health Informatics Conference London, UK
October 27
October 29
Hack.lu 2010 Parc Hotel Alvisse, Luxembourg
October 27
October 28
Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2010 Cambridge, UK
October 27
October 28
Government Open Source Conference 2010 Portland, OR, USA
October 28
October 29
European Conference on Computer Network Defense Berlin, Germany
October 28
October 29
Free Software Open Source Symposium Toronto, Canada
October 30
October 31
Debian MiniConf Paris 2010 Paris, France

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Audio and Video programs

GUADEC 2010 On Demand

Videos from this year's GNOME Users' and Developers' European Conference (GUADEC) are available from Flumotion, in WebM format.

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