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The last IPv4 address blocks allocated

APNIC [Asia-Pacific Network Information Center] has announced that it has received the last two freely available IPv4 address blocks from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Under the existing plan, IANA will distribute the five remaining address blocks to each of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR). The RIRs will then distribute addresses within those blocks to organizations within their regions. That means that IANA is out of IPv4 address space, and the RIRs won't be too far behind: "APNIC expects normal allocations to continue for a further three to six months. After this time, APNIC will continue to make small allocations from the last /8 block". Furthermore, "APNIC reiterates that IPv6 is the only means available for the sustained ongoing growth of the Internet, and urges all Members of the Internet industry to move quickly towards its deployment."

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Re-branding Blender (Blender Foundation)

The Blender Foundation has put out a press release about two companies that are re-branding the Blender 3D content creation suite and selling it. While that is not a GPL violation of any kind, the companies are playing fast and loose with copyright: "The companies IllusionMage and 3Dmagix resell via their websites Blender under their own name. Both websites are probably managed by the same person or company. [...] On their web pages they intentionally hide that the products are distributions of GNU GPL licensed software, and that the software is freely downloadable as well. More-over, even after contacting them several times, they don't remove copyrighted content from their websites. A lot of text and images have been copied from and random images - not even from blender - were copied from various CG [Computer Graphics] websites." (Thanks to Paul Wise.)

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EFF Urges Supreme Court to Crack Down on Bad Patents

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with Public Knowledge and the Apache Software Foundation, has asked the US Supreme Court to make it easier to invalidate bad patents. "In an amicus brief filed in Microsoft v. i4i, EFF argues that the existing high standard of proof for invalidating a patent in federal court unfairly gives the owners of bad patents the upper hand. Currently, when a defendant is accused of infringing a patent, the Federal Circuit wants to see "clear and convincing" evidence that that patent is illegitimate and the case against it unfounded. This is in contrast to the standard of proof for most civil cases, which is a "preponderance of the evidence" -- or a showing that more likely than not the allegations are true. In software cases, "clear and convincing" evidence of patent invalidity can be hard to come by, as source code is constantly changing over the life of a product and much of the original code is often unavailable. This is a particular problem with free and open source software, as the collaborative nature of the projects make documentation even harder."

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Articles of interest

Predictions for 2011 (Freedom to Tinker)

A little belated, perhaps, but the Freedom to Tinker blog (from Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, which is directed by Ed Felten) has put out its predictions for the year. It's always an interesting read; this year there are 25 separate predictions, including: "2011 will see the outbreak of the first massive botnet/malware that attacks smartphones, most likely iPhone or Android models running older software than the latest and greatest. If Android is the target, it will lead to aggressive finger-pointing, particularly given how many users are presently running Android software that's a year or more behind Google's latest—a trend that will continue in 2011."

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Microsoft Phone 7 Is Dead in the Water (

For a little Thursday amusement, take a peek at John C. Dvorak's latest column at He has an—ummm—interesting view of Linux and open source software, but he thinks it is time for Microsoft to adopt it: "The fact is Microsoft is zigging when it should be zagging. It needs to open a new division that has nothing to do with the rest of the company, so Open Source code can't come into contact with its commercial code. Here it can evolve an Open Source and Linux policy with products for sale and support services. The company needs to get back to an even footing with Google in the phone and, soon, the pad business. It may not catch up with Apple insofar as innovation is concerned, but it can't afford to languish and constantly be humiliated by seemingly pointless and dead-end rollouts."

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Final round of FOSDEM speaker interviews

The last round of FOSDEM speaker interviews are now available. They include: Manik Surtani (Infinispan), David Chisnall (Objective-C), Nicolas Spiegelberg (Facebook Messages), Chris Hofmann (Mozilla Firefox), Jos van den Oever (WebODF), Michael Meeks (LibreOffice), Chris Lattner (LLVM), and Andrew Gerrand (Go). From Van den Oever's interview: "The talk will explain what the WebODF project is about and how it can be used to add ODF support to your website or desktop application. There are several good Free Software solutions for working with ODF on the desktop and on mobile devices, notably LibreOffice and Calligra. These are written in C++, are compiled natively, and need to be installed on each machine on which they are used. Cloud solutions can be run in the browser, but there was no Free Software ODF software for the browser." FOSDEM will be held February 5-6 in Brussels, Belgium.

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New Books

Book sprint results in "An Open Web"

FLOSS Manuals has coordinated an effort to produce a free book called An Open Web, which is now available. The book was made with free software and is open to contributions from anyone. "The process for making the book is known as a 'Book Sprint.' It is an intensive and innovative methodology for the rapid development of books. It took five people and locked them in a room in Berlin's CHB for five days with the goal to produce a book with the sole guiding meme being the title — An Open Web. The authors had to create the concept, write the book, and output it to print in 5 days."

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Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has released Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide by Maik Schmidt.

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Resources launches

The web site is up. It is meant to be a place for developers and administrators to work on solving bloat-related problems; it currently hosts a few mailing lists and a talk on bufferbloat by Jim Gettys.

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Tiny Linux Plug Computers: Wall Wart Linux Servers (LinuxPlanet)

Over at LinuxPlanet, there's a brief introduction to Linux-based "plug" computers. "Fortunately, there's a class of computers ideally suited to that sort of job: "plug computers", sometimes called Sheevaplugs after an early model. The whole computer is built into the bit that plugs into the wall, so they're barely bigger than a normal "wall wart" power supply. They use power-efficient ARM CPUs, so you can run a server with only 5 watts. They're inexpensive, usually just over $100 for a plug with 512M RAM and 512M flash. Best of all, they come with Linux installed right out of the box."

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Contests and Awards

Call for nominations for the 13th Annual Free Software Awards

The Free Software Foundation and GNU project are seeking nominations for the 13th annual Free Software Awards. Nominations are open until February 16. "The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software is presented annually by FSF president Richard Stallman to an individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software. [...] Nominations are also open for the 2010 Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration to accomplish an important social task."

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Education and Certification

The Linux Foundation offers Android and MeeGo developer training

The Linux Foundation has announced new training courses in Android and MeeGo development. "The Android and MeeGo developer courses will help meet new demands for Linux training and help to fill open positions at a variety of The Linux Foundation's member companies. These courses will give professionals lucrative job skills while helping to advance Linux in this space."

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Linux Professional Institute Hosts Exam Labs at SCALE and Indiana Linux Fest

The Linux Professional Institute will be hosting exams for LPI certification (LPIC) at two upcoming conferences. All three levels of LPIC exams will be offered at SCALE 9x (Los Angeles, California: February 27, 2011) and Indiana Linux Fest (Indianapolis, Indiana: March 27, 2011). Click below for more information.

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Calls for Presentations

OSCON Call for Proposals closes February 7

The call for proposals for OSCON is coming to a close on February 7. "OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention), the premier Open Source gathering, will be held in Portland, OR July 25-29. We're looking for people to deliver tutorials and shorter presentations."

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Upcoming Events

Events: February 10, 2011 to April 11, 2011

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

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
April 4
April 5
Camp KDE 2011 San Francisco, CA, USA
April 4
April 6
SugarCon ’11 San Francisco, CA, USA
April 4
April 6
Selenium Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
April 6
April 8
5th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit San Francisco, CA, USA
April 8
April 9
Hack'n Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 9 Linuxwochen Österreich - Graz Graz, Austria
April 9 Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre

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