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Google Summer of Code 2011

Google Summer of Code 2011 was announced at "This will be the 7th year for Google Summer of Code, an innovative program dedicated to introducing students from colleges and universities around the world to open source software development. The program offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects with the help of mentoring organizations from all around the globe. Over the past 6 years Google Summer of Code has had 4,500 students from over 85 countries complete the program. We are excited to announce that we will extend the scope of the program this year by targeting a 25% increase in accepted student applications as well as accepting a larger number of mentoring organizations. Our goal is to help these students pursue academic challenges over the summer break while they create and release open source code for the benefit of all."

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OSU OSL Introduces Supercell

The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University has announced Supercell. "Supercell is a new on demand virtualization and continuous integration resource, made possible by a generous grant from Facebook's Open Source Team. We have created this cluster for use by open source projects who need to run software tests regularly but may not have access to the appropriate hardware or the funds to pay for outsourcing this service. Supercell will also allow projects to do manual testing to verify that a submitted patch has actually fixed the intended bug or to determine that their software package runs correctly on a particular operating system or distribution. The service will also allow projects to test their software in a large cluster using several VMs concurrently. Supercell will also provide temporary space for projects who would like to test drive new features in their code base or on their website."

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Trademark Policy of the Document Foundation

The Document Foundation has released "the more or less final draft " of its trademark policy, pending a legal review.

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London's Design Museum Recognizes Ubuntu Fonts

The Ubuntu Project has announced the opening of a new exhibition at London's Design Museum dedicated to the Ubuntu Font, in collaboration with international typeface designers Dalton Maag. "Entitled "Shape My Language," the exhibition will run from January 28 to February 28, 2011. The exhibition marks a significant milestone for the Ubuntu Project's advance in design and aims to enhance the consumer experience of using open computing platforms, such as Ubuntu."

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Articles of interest

Second batch of FOSDEM 2011 speaker interviews

A second batch of FOSDEM speaker interviews is available. Martijn Dashorst (Wicket), David Fetter (PL/Parrot), Andrew Godwin (Django), Soren Hansen (OpenStack), Lennart Poettering (systemd), Spike Morelli (devops), and Kenneth Rohde Christiansen (Qt WebKit) are interviewed in this round.

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Fellowship interview with Anne Østergaard

The Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe has an interview with Anne Østergaard. "Anne Østergaard is a veteran of the Free Software community, and attended the first Open Source Days, back in 1998. She holds a Law Degree from The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and after a decade in government service, international organisations, and private enterprise, she has become a devoted Free Software advocate. Her interests lie in the long-term strategic issues of Free Software; in the social, legal, research, and economic areas of our global society. A former Vice Chairman at GNOME, she’s heavily involved in political lobbying, and has been fighting for changes in software patents and copyright for a number of years."

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New alleged evidence of Android infringement isn't a smoking gun (ars technica)

Ars technica examines some evidence in the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit. "Patent reform activist Florian Mueller has published what he believes to be new evidence of copyright infringement in Google's Android software platform. He has found files in the Android code repository that have Sun copyright headers identifying them as proprietary and confidential. A close look at the actual files and accompanying documentation, however, suggest that it's not a simple case of copy and paste."

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EFF: Sony v. Hotz: Sony Sends A Dangerous Message to Researchers -- and Its Customers

On its Deeplinks blog, the EFF has a strongly worded look at the actions taken by Sony against George Hotz for finding and publicizing security holes in its PlayStation 3 console. "Not content with the DMCA hammer, Sony is also bringing a slew of outrageous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims. The basic gist of Sony's argument is that the researchers accessed their own PlayStation 3 consoles in a way that violated the agreement that Sony imposes on users of its network (and supposedly enabled others to do the same). But the researchers don't seem to have used Sony's network in their research — they just used the consoles they bought with their own money. Simply put, Sony claims that it's illegal for users to access their own computers in a way that Sony doesn't like. Moreover, because the CFAA has criminal as well as civil penalties, Sony is actually saying that it's a crime for users to access their own computers in a way that Sony doesn't like."

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Phipps: OSI And FSF In Unprecedented Collaboration To Protect Software Freedom

On his Computerworld UK blog, Simon Phipps writes about the OSI and FSF teaming up to file a request [PDF] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the CPTN patent purchase (i.e. the 882, now 861, Novell patents). "Whatever the outcome of the matter, its importance has done a great service providing the OSI and the FSF with a first public opportunity to continue the positive relationship that has resulted in earlier private collaborations, such as when both organisations endorsed the formation of the Document Foundation. I strongly hope that both organisations will continue to explore ways to act collaboratively from their different perspectives of software freedom in the interests of the overlapping communities."

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HTML is the new HTML5 (The WHATWG Blog)

Ian Hickson introduces the end to version numbers for the HTML specification. "The WHATWG HTML spec can now be considered a "living standard". It's more mature than any version of the HTML specification to date, so it made no sense for us to keep referring to it as merely a draft. We will no longer be following the "snapshot" model of spec development, with the occasional "call for comments", "call for implementations", and so forth." (Thanks to Paul Wise)

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New Books

Apache Reference Manual - printed edition now available

The Apache Reference Manual is available as a printed book from Network Theory Ltd. For each copy of this manual sold, $1 will be donated to the Apache Software Foundation.

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HTML5 and CSS3--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has released "HTML5 and CSS3", by Brian Hogan.

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MAKE Magazine Leads the "Arduino Revolution"

MAKE Magazine Volume 25 ("Arduino Revolution") features DiY projects using the Arduino microcontrollers.

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Calls for Presentations

EuroScipy 2011 - Call for papers

EuroScipy 2011 will be held in Paris, France, August 25-28, 2011. The call for papers is open until May 8, 2011.

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Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - CfP

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place November 8-12, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. This year's theme is "What if...?" The call for participation is open until March 15, 2011.

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Upcoming Events

Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2011 Registration Open

Red Hat has announced that registration is open for the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World. "This marks the seventh year that Red Hat has gathered customers, partners, visionary thinkers, technologists and open source enthusiasts to learn, network and explore open source. The event will be held in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center, May 3-6, 2011. A full list of sessions is now posted with talks covering a wide range of topics from general overviews and roadmaps of Red Hat's cloud, virtualization, platform and middleware offerings to the more developer-focused sessions that include tips, tricks and demonstrations."

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SCALE 9X: Jane Silber to give one of two keynotes

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) has announced the list of speakers for this year's conference, which will take place in Los Angeles, California, February 25-27, 2011.

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Events: February 3, 2011 to April 4, 2011

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

February 2
February 3
Cloud Expo Europe London, UK
February 5
February 6
FOSDEM 2011 Brussels, Belgium
February 5 Open Source Conference Kagawa 2011 Takamatsu, Japan
February 7
February 11
Global Ignite Week 2011 several, worldwide
February 11
February 12
Red Hat Developer Conference 2011 Brno, Czech Republic
February 15 2012 Embedded Linux Conference Redwood Shores, CA, USA
February 25 Build an Open Source Cloud Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 25
February 27
Southern California Linux Expo Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 25 Ubucon Los Angeles, CA, USA
February 26 Open Source Software in Education Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 1
March 2
Linux Foundation End User Summit 2011 Jersey City, NJ, USA
March 5 Open Source Days 2011 Community Edition Copenhagen, Denmark
March 7
March 10
Drupalcon Chicago Chicago, IL, USA
March 9
March 11
ConFoo Conference Montreal, Canada
March 9
March 11 2011 Bangalore, India
March 11
March 13
PyCon 2011 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
March 19 Open Source Conference Oita 2011 Oita, Japan
March 19
March 20
Chemnitzer Linux-Tage Chemnitz, Germany
March 19 OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan Mappers Symposium Tokyo, Japan
March 21
March 22
Embedded Technology Conference 2011 San Jose, Costa Rica
March 22
March 24
OMG Workshop on Real-time, Embedded and Enterprise-Scale Time-Critical Systems Washington, DC, USA
March 22
March 25
Frühjahrsfachgespräch Weimar, Germany
March 22
March 24
UKUUG Spring 2011 Conference Leeds, UK
March 22
March 25
PgEast PostgreSQL Conference New York City, NY, USA
March 23
March 25
Palmetto Open Source Software Conference Columbia, SC, USA
March 26 10. Augsburger Linux-Infotag 2011 Augsburg, Germany
March 28
April 1
GNOME 3.0 Bangalore Hackfest | GNOME.ASIA SUMMIT 2011 Bangalore, India
March 28 Perth Linux User Group Quiz Night Perth, Australia
March 29
March 30
NASA Open Source Summit Mountain View, CA, USA
April 1
April 3
Flourish Conference 2011! Chicago, IL, USA
April 2
April 3
Workshop on GCC Research Opportunities Chamonix, France
April 2 Texas Linux Fest 2011 Austin, Texas, USA

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