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Ada Initiative fund-raising campaign a success

The Ada Initiative, a new organization which "focuses on scalable, reusable, and effective programs aimed at both recruitment and retention of women in open technology and culture, has announced that it has completed its initial fund-raising drive one week ahead of schedule. "The Seed 100 campaign raised over $80,000 from 102 donors of $512 or more in just 24 days."

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The Power of Open from Creative Commons

The Creative Commons project has announced the release of a 47-page book highlighting the stories of a number of people using CC licenses for their work. "The Power of Open collects the stories of those creators. Some are like ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization that uses CC while partnering with the world's largest media companies. Others like nomadic filmmaker Vincent Moon use CC licensing as an essential element of a lifestyle of openness in pursuit of creativity. The breadth of uses is as great as the creativity of the individuals and organizations choosing to open their content, art and ideas to the rest of the world." Unsurprisingly, it's downloadable under a CC license.

Comments (none posted) Turns Eleven celebrates 11 years on the internet. "4,382,316 posts and 457,176 registered members does not even begin to tell the story. The community and mod team that has grown at LQ is truly amazing and something that I'm very proud to be a part of."

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Articles of interest

Desktop Summit Keynote Interview with Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel is the Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel and the opening keynote speaker at the Desktop Summit. William Carlson traded emails with Dirk as part of a series of interviews leading up to the Summit in August. "[Intel's] Open Source Technology Center (OTC) has a rather wide charter. Basically of course, we are doing much of the enabling of future Intel hardware (and software) innovations in Linux and other open source software based environments. But beyond that we work on a lot of interesting new technologies in open source. Examples include MeeGo or the Yocto Project. And there are many more projects that have been initiated by the OTC: PowerTop, LatencyTop, many other projects ranging from bootloader to client applications. Fundamentally we view ourselves as part of the larger open source community."

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FSFE: Fellowship interview with Guido Arnold

Chris Woolfrey talks with Guido Arnold, "Deputy Coordinator of [Free Software Foundation Europe] FSFE's Education Team, as well as a member of the German team, and a translator of and" Guido: "The thing with Free Software in education is that there are already many, many groups throughout Europe working in this field. Many of them are inactive however, because there are only a few people who are active and the rest stay silent. It would be great to get all those people who are active to work together, and that's part of our aim. I spent some time introducing new members to the Education Team. And we've had to deal with issues internally: we were asked if we knew of any "free" material for teaching kids the concepts of Free Software; at first I thought this would be easy, but I was mistaken. So, I spent some time researching and asking around."

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Patent Reform - If Your Head Hurt Before . . . (Groklaw)

For those who are curious about the "patent reform" bill working its way through the U.S. Congress, Groklaw has a critical summary of the changes. "And where are most of those 'fixes' aimed? At addressing the reexamination of patents that contain claims that likely should have never been allowed. Doesn't it make more sense to focus and invest on achieving thorough examinations in the first place? Well, yes, it does, but there are serious interests out there that really don't want that to happen. Why? Because regardless of whether a claim is ultimately found valid, a patent has value by its mere existence because of the high cost of patent litigation. This legislation is not going to fix that problem."

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Linux Foundation Monthly Newsletter: June 2011

This edition of the Linux Foundation Monthly Newsletter covers the LinuxCon Program, a new Scholarship Program, LexisNexis Joins LF, and several other topics.

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Mozilla to Businesses: We're Not Interested (PC Mag)

Here's a PC Magazine article taking a sharp look at the apparent disconnect between the new Firefox development process and the needs of businesses. "[Asa] Dotzler's comment is both sneering and contemptuous of the businesses that have deployed Firefox in their organizations. And, sometimes, at their own peril, may I add. While Firefox is a wonderful browser with its own unique set of features, the frequent updating, occasional lack of good documentation, extension breaking whenever a new update comes out - it all makes it a dicey choice of browser for businesses."

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Calls for Presentations

Call for Presentations open for Postgres Open

Postgres Open takes place September 14-16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The call for presentations is open until July 8. "Talks should be oriented towards the business or development user of PostgreSQL, and should have substantial technical content."

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LinuxCon/ELC Europe CFP deadline is July 8

The Linux Foundation has sent out a reminder that the proposal deadline for LinuxCon Europe and the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (Prague, late October) is July 8. The 2011 Kernel Summit and Realtime Linux Workshop will also be happening during this time; it's going to be a busy couple of weeks.

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Upcoming Events

KVM Forum 2011 Schedule Published

The KVM Forum 2011 takes place in Vancouver Canada, August 15-16, 2011. The final schedule has been announced.

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PyCon Australia to be held in August 2011

The second Australian Python Conference will be held August 20-21 in Sydney. "PyCon Australia 2011 will host dozens of presentations on web programming, business applications, game development, science and mathematics, social issues, education, design, testing, documentation and more. Scheduled presentations include "How Python Evolves", "Behaviour Driven Development", "Benchmarking stuff made ridiculously easy", and a discussion panel on Python 3."

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PyCon AU gender diversity grants for women in Python

PyCon AU has announced that it will be offering two gender diversity delegate grants to women who wish to attend PyCon AU in 2011. "These grants will *both* cover full registration costs; in addition, one of the grants will cover up to $AUD500 of travel and accommodation costs for a woman living outside of the Sydney region to attend." Applications are due by July 8. PyCon AU will take place August 20-21, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

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Tutorials at PyCon DE 2011, Leipzig, Germany

PyCon DE 2011 takes place October 4-9, with tutorials taking place on October 4. The tutorial program has been announced. "There are 12 three-hour tutorials covering a wide range of Python topics such as Python for newbies, web development, algorithms, tests, data analysis, databases or Cython."

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Events: July 7, 2011 to September 5, 2011

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

July 9
July 14
Libre Software Meeting / Rencontres mondiales du logiciel libre Strasbourg, France
July 11
July 16
SciPy 2011 Austin, TX, USA
July 11
July 12
PostgreSQL Clustering, High Availability and Replication Cambridge, UK
July 11
July 15
Ubuntu Developer Week online event
July 15
July 17
State of the Map Europe 2011 Wien, Austria
July 17
July 23
DebCamp Banja Luka, Bosnia
July 19 Getting Started with C++ Unit Testing in Linux
July 24
July 30
DebConf11 Banja Luka, Bosnia
July 25
July 29
OSCON 2011 Portland, OR, USA
July 30
July 31
PyOhio 2011 Columbus, OH, USA
July 30
August 6
Linux Beer Hike (LinuxBierWanderung) Lanersbach, Tux, Austria
August 4
August 7
Wikimania 2011 Haifa, Israel
August 6
August 12
Desktop Summit Berlin, Germany
August 10
August 12
USENIX Security ’11: 20th USENIX Security Symposium San Francisco, CA, USA
August 10
August 14
Chaos Communication Camp 2011 Finowfurt, Germany
August 13
August 14
OggCamp 11 Farnham, UK
August 15
August 16
KVM Forum 2011 Vancouver, BC, Canada
August 15
August 17
YAPC::Europe 2011 “Modern Perl” Riga, Latvia
August 17
August 19
LinuxCon North America 2011 Vancouver, Canada
August 20
August 21
PyCon Australia Sydney, Australia
August 20
August 21
Conference for Open Source Coders, Users and Promoters Tapei, Taiwan
August 22
August 26
8th Netfilter Workshop Freiburg, Germany
August 23 Government Open Source Conference Washington, DC, USA
August 25
August 28
EuroSciPy Paris, France
August 25
August 28
GNU Hackers Meeting Paris, France
August 26 Dynamic Language Conference 2011 Edinburgh, United-Kingdom
August 27
August 28
Kiwi PyCon 2011 Wellington, New Zealand
August 27 PyCon Japan 2011 Tokyo, Japan
August 27 SC2011 - Software Developers Haven Ottawa, ON, Canada
August 30
September 1
Military Open Source Software (MIL-OSS) WG3 Conference Atlanta, GA, USA

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