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Google to buy Motorola mobility

Google has announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. "The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business." The press release says nothing about mobile-related patents, but that's obviously a big part of what's going on here.

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MPL 2.0-rc1

The first release candidate for version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License is now available for comment. "We've had a lot of useful feedback throughout this process, both from professional lawyers and passionate non-lawyers, but we're still seeking to write the best license we can. That means we still want even more participation and commentary from both the Mozilla community and the broader community of MPL and FLOSS users." There are some FAQ files available for those wanting information on what has changed.

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SPI board and officer elections

Software in the Public Interest (SPI) has announced the results of the recent board and officer elections. The current directors are: Bdale Garbee, Joerg Jaspert, Jonathan McDowell, Michael Schultheiss, Clint Adams, Robert Brockway, Joshua D. Drake, Jimmy Kaplowitz, and Martin Zobel-Helas.

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Articles of interest

The mobile patent mess may get worse

The "Unwired View" site has come to a worrisome conclusion based on Motorola's quarterly earnings call and a conference keynote by CEO Sanjay Jha: Motorola may start demanding patent royalties from other Android handset makers. "The discussion above was solely about Android, and how Motorola can differentiate from other players who are already doing better - like HTC and Samsung. One of the key points to win against competition, according to Sanjay Jha, are Motorola's patents. Used not only defensively - to avoid paying royalties on its Android handsets, but also offensively. To collect royalties from other Android device makers." Needless to say, that would not help the situation.

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Tablet and smartphone run on Android-based Grid OS (Linux Devices)

Linux Devices reviews the upcoming tablet and phone offerings from Fusion Garage. "Grid OS is also hyped for its 'predictive intelligence' features based on the Semantic Web, the contextual World Wide Web extension set that has been championed by WWW inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The predictive software anticipates 'user needs for actions and information' with features like intelligent notifications. The latter offer time-based suggestions, such as 'restaurant recommendations near a user's GPS-determined lunch location,' says the company."

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Non-profit Group Releases Open Source Mesh WiFi Network Software (Hot HardWare)

Hot HardWare reports that Geeks Without Frontiers has released open source software based on the 802.11s WiFi standard that lets Linux machines be their own WiFi network. "Geeks claims that the mesh networks created by open80211s will be highly secure. It uses strong authentication to allow only authorized individuals entry and encryption, to keep prying eyes from seeing the traffic."

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Nokia's MeeGo-powered N9 not coming to the UK or US (The H)

The H has a report on the limited availability of the Nokia N9. "According to Nokia's N9 "Check Availability" page, the MeeGo phone will be making an appearance in Europe in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. Outside Europe, the device is due to appear in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam." (Thanks to Felix Braun)

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Calls for Presentations

PyCon Ireland: Call for Papers and Volunteers for Beginner's Track

PyCon Ireland will take place October 8-9, 2011 in Dublin. The call for proposals is still open and volunteers are needed to help out with the beginner's track.

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PyCon 2012 Call for Proposals

PyCon 2012 will be held in Santa Clara, California, March 7-15. Proposals will be accepted through October 12, 2011.

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Upcoming Events

openSUSE Conference 2011

The third openSUSE Conference (osc11) will take place September 11-14, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. "Under the motto RWX³ all Free and Open Source Software enthusiasts are invited to come together for four days to learn, hack and to have a lot of fun. The program will cover a variety topics with an emphasis on interaction between participants. The event is free of charge and open to anyone!"

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Events: August 25, 2011 to October 24, 2011

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

Date(s)EventLocation
August 22
August 26
8th Netfilter Workshop Freiburg, Germany
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
September 6
September 8
Conference on Domain-Specific Languages Bordeaux, France
September 7
September 9
Linux Plumbers' Conference Santa Rosa, CA, USA
September 8 Linux Security Summit 2011 Santa Rosa, CA, USA
September 8
September 9
Italian Perl Workshop 2011 Turin, Italy
September 8
September 9
Lua Workshop 2011 Frick, Switzerland
September 9
September 11
State of the Map 2011 Denver, Colorado, USA
September 9
September 11
Ohio LinuxFest 2011 Columbus, OH, USA
September 10
September 11
PyTexas 2011 College Station, Texas, USA
September 10
September 11
SugarCamp Paris 2011 - "Fix Sugar Documentation!" Paris, France
September 11
September 14
openSUSE Conference Nuremberg, Germany
September 12
September 14
X.Org Developers' Conference Chicago, Illinois, USA
September 14
September 16
Postgres Open Chicago, IL, USA
September 14
September 16
GNU Radio Conference 2011 Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 15 Open Hardware Summit New York, NY, USA
September 16 LLVM European User Group Meeting London, United Kingdom
September 16
September 18
Creative Commons Global Summit 2011 Warsaw, Poland
September 16
September 18
Pycon India 2011 Pune, India
September 18
September 20
Strange Loop St. Louis, MO, USA
September 19
September 22
BruCON 2011 Brussels, Belgium
September 22
September 25
Pycon Poland 2011 Kielce, Poland
September 23
September 24
Open Source Developers Conference France 2011 Paris, France
September 23
September 24
PyCon Argentina 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 24
September 25
PyCon UK 2011 Coventry, UK
September 27
September 30
PostgreSQL Conference West San Jose, CA, USA
September 27
September 29
Nagios World Conference North America 2011 Saint Paul, MN, USA
September 29
October 1
Python Brasil [7] São Paulo, Brazil
September 30
October 3
Fedora Users and Developers Conference: Milan 2011 Milan, Italy
October 1
October 2
WineConf 2011 Minneapolis, MN, USA
October 1
October 2
Big Android BBQ Austin, TX, USA
October 3
October 5
OpenStack "Essex" Design Summit Boston, MA, USA
October 4
October 9
PyCon DE Leipzig, Germany
October 6
October 9
EuroBSDCon 2011 Netherlands
October 7
October 9
Linux Autumn 2011 Kielce, Poland
October 7
October 10
Open Source Week 2011 Malang, Indonesia
October 8
October 9
PyCon Ireland 2011 Dublin, Ireland
October 8
October 9
Pittsburgh Perl Workshop 2011 Pittsburgh, PA, USA
October 8 PHP North West Conference Manchester, UK
October 8
October 10
GNOME "Boston" Fall Summit 2011 Montreal, QC, Canada
October 8 FLOSSUK / UKUUG's 2011 Unconference Manchester, UK
October 9
October 11
Android Open San Francisco, CA, USA
October 11 PLUG Talk: Rusty Russell Perth, Australia
October 12
October 15
LibreOffice Conference Paris, France
October 14
October 16
MediaWiki Hackathon New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
October 14 Workshop Packaging BlankOn Jakarta , Indonesia
October 15 Packaging Debian Class BlankOn Surabaya, Indonesia
October 17
October 18
PyCon Finland 2011 Turku, Finland
October 18
October 21
PostgreSQL Conference Europe Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 19
October 21
13th German Perl Workshop Frankfurt/Main, Germany
October 19
October 21
Latinoware 2011 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
October 20
October 22
13th Real-Time Linux Workshop Prague, Czech Republic
October 21
October 23
PHPCon Poland 2011 Kielce, Poland
October 21 PG-Day Denver 2011 Denver, CO, USA
October 23
October 25
Kernel Summit Prague, Czech Republic

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