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Two UEFI secure boot white papers

Two white papers have been published on the subject of how the UEFI secure boot specification can be made to work with free operating systems. The first is Making UEFI Secure Boot Work With Open Platforms by James Bottomley and Jonathan Corbet; it is published by the Linux Foundation. "Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware. This document is intended to describe how the UEFI secure boot specification can be implemented to interoperate well with open systems and to avoid adversely affecting the rights of the owners of those systems while providing compliance with proprietary software vendors' requirements."

UEFI Secure Boot Impact on Linux [PDF], published by Red Hat and Canonical, was written by Jeremy Kerr, Matthew Garrett, and James Bottomley. "We present a set of recommendations that will allow users the freedom to choose their software, while retaining the security features of UEFI Secure Boot, and complying with open source licenses used in distributions of Linux."

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Proceedings from the 13th Real Time Linux Workshop

The proceedings from the 13th Real Time Linux Workshop, held October 20-22 in Prague, are now available for download. These papers cover a wide range of topics, including robot control, data acquisition, simulation, testing, L4Linux, and much more; have a look to see what the real time community is up to.

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@openoffice.org email forwards may be shut down soon

If you are one of the (apparently tens of thousands of) people who have an @openoffice.org email address, you might want to start transitioning to an alternative. There is a long email thread on the incubator list about turning those forwards off before the end of November. It's not clear that (1) the list of addresses and their forwarding addresses can be transferred from Oracle, or (2) that the Apache Software Foundation wants to maintain that forwarding service, so it seems likely to just go away.

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Document Foundation Board 2011: Final Results

The Document Foundation has posted the results of its 2011 board election. Thorsten Behrens, Florian Effenberger, Olivier Hallot, Michael Meeks, Caolán McNamara, Charles-H Schulz, and Italo Vignoli are the current board members. Jesús Corrius, Andreas Mantke, and Bjoern Michaelsen are deputies.

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Articles of interest

Intel's Dirk Hohndel on 20 Years of Linux (Linux.com)

Nathan Willis covers Dirk Hohndel's LinuxCon Europe presentation. "Hohndel was one of the earliest kernel contributors, and said that he wanted to present his take on the history of the project to provide a perspective that was not focused on the growth of Linux adoption, because for the founders of the kernel, it's primary appeal was as a technical challenge. World domination was an afterthought. In addition, he said, the core kernel team's continued focus on the "next technical hurdle" over the years is actually one of Linux's strengths. That is, they work on the kernel for its own sake. If it wasn't fun for them, it likely wouldn't be a platform for success for anyone else."

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Upcoming Events

DebConf12 Nicaragua dates confirmed

DebConf12, the 12th annual Debian conference, will take place July 8-14, 2012 in Managua, Nicaragua. "Every year, DebConf allows new and existing Debian project participants from around the world to assemble, share knowledge, make collaborative contributions to Debian, and build tighter community bonds. Conference costs are largely funded by corporate sponsors who find significant value in enabling Debian's success." As usual DebCamp precedes DebConf (July 1-7).

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Events: November 10, 2011 to January 9, 2012

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

Date(s)EventLocation
November 7
November 11
ApacheCon NA 2011 Vancouver, Canada
November 8
November 12
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Portland, Oregon, USA
November 10
November 12
Clojure/conj 2011 Raleigh, NC, USA
November 11
November 13
Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit 2011 Gothenburg, Sweden
November 11
November 12
Zentyal Summit Zaragoza , Spain
November 12 London Perl Workshop 2011 London, United-Kingdom
November 12 Emacsforum 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark
November 14
November 17
SC11 Seattle, WA, USA
November 14
November 18
Open Source Developers Conference 2011 Canberra, Australia
November 17
November 18
LinuxCon Brazil 2011 São Paulo, Brazil
November 18 LLVM Developers' Meeting San Jose, CA, USA
November 18
November 20
Foswiki Camp and General Assembly Geneva, Swizerland
November 19
November 20
MediaWiki India Hackathon 2011 - Mumbai Mumbai, India
November 20
November 22
Open Source India Days 2011 Bangalore, India
November 24 verinice.XP Berlin, Germany
November 28 Automotive Linux Summit 2011 Yokohama, Japan
December 2
December 4
Debian Hildesheim Bug Squashing Party Hildesheim, Germany
December 2
December 4
Open Hard- and Software Workshop Munich, Germany
December 4
December 9
LISA ’11: 25th Large Installation System Administration Conference Boston, MA, USA
December 4
December 7
SciPy.in 2011 Mumbai, India
December 27
December 30
28th Chaos Communication Congress Berlin, Germany

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