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Mozilla Public License 2.0 released

The Mozilla Project has announced the final release of version 2.0 of its Mozilla Public License. "Version 2.0 is similar in spirit to the previous versions, but shorter, better, and more compatible with other Free Software and Open Source Licenses."

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Apache OpenOffice Announcement List

The Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee has announced the availability of a new Announcement mailing list. "This is a low-volume list which will be used to announce the availability of OpenOffice betas and releases, to issue security bulletins, and to report similar relevant information. This is not a discussion list. It will be used only for authoritative announcements regarding Apache OpenOffice."

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Articles of interest

Doctorow: The coming war on general-purpose computation

Cory Doctorow's 28C3 talk was called "the coming war on general-purpose computation." It's available as a video; there is also a transcript on Github. "And it doesn't take a science fiction writer to understand why regulators might be nervous about the user-modifiable firmware on self-driving cars, or limiting interoperability for aviation controllers, or the kind of thing you could do with bio-scale assemblers and sequencers. Imagine what will happen the day that Monsanto determines that it's really... really... important to make sure that computers can't execute programs that cause specialized peripherals to output organisms that eat their lunch... literally. Regardless of whether you think these are real problems or merely hysterical fears, they are nevertheless the province of lobbies and interest groups that are far more influential than Hollywood and big content are on their best days, and every one of them will arrive at the same place -- 'can't you just make us a general purpose computer that runs all the programs, except the ones that scare and anger us? Can't you just make us an Internet that transmits any message over any protocol between any two points, unless it upsets us?'"

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FSFE: Fellowship Interview with Paul Boddie

Chris Woolfrey interviews Paul Boddie on behalf of the Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "Paul Boddie: I’m writing applications that access and combine databases in the bioinformatics domain, although I also have an ongoing project dealing with the text-mining of biological and medical literature to extract gene and protein-related information. I also have a fair amount to do in terms of maintaining and hopefully developing further some software written in the group in which I work. We have to make the work available, so there’s a need to publish information on the web. It ends up as a mix of software development, some maintenance tasks, and a degree of web publishing and content management. I’m working on a range of personal projects, too, which includes things like the EventAggregator that is used on the FSFE Fellowship Wiki, a selection of MoinMoin-related extensions (which is why I was able to get involved a bit more with the Fellowship Wiki) and some longer term interests in things like source code analysis and compilation for dynamic programming languages like Python."

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Calls for Presentations

CeBIT '12: call for papers and projects

CeBIT 2012 will be held March 6-10 in Hannover, Germany. Linux New Media is hosting the Open Source Forum at CeBIT; the Forum's Call for Projects deadline has passed, but the deadline for the Call for Papers was extended until January 8.

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REMINDER: OSCON Call for Proposals (deadline 1/12)

OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention) will be held in Portland, Oregon July 16-20, 2012. This a reminder that the call for proposals ends January 12.

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Upcoming Events

SCALE 10X Resolutions for 2012: Let SCALE help

SCALE 10X (Southern California Linux Expo) will be held January 20-22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Registration is still open and special room rates at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport are still available. Click below for a look at some of the events and presentations scheduled for SCALE 10X.

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Events: January 5, 2012 to March 5, 2012

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

January 12
January 13
Open Source World Conference 2012 Granada, Spain
January 13
January 15
Fedora User and Developer Conference, North America Blacksburg, VA, USA
January 16
January 20 2012 Ballarat, Australia
January 20
January 22
Wikipedia & MediaWiki hackathon & workshops San Francisco, CA, USA
January 20
January 22
SCALE 10x - Southern California Linux Expo Los Angeles, CA, USA
January 27
January 29
DebianMed Meeting Southport2012 Southport, UK
January 31
February 2
Ubuntu Developer Week #ubuntu-classroom,
February 4
February 5
Free and Open Source Developers Meeting Brussels, Belgium
February 6
February 10
Linux on ARM: Linaro Connect Q1.12 San Francisco, CA, USA
February 7
February 8
Open Source Now 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
February 10
February 12
Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe Winter session 2012 Minsk, Belarus
February 10
February 12
Skolelinux/Debian Edu developer gathering Oslo, Norway
February 13
February 14
Android Builder's Summit Redwood Shores, CA, USA
February 15
February 17
2012 Embedded Linux Conference Redwood Shores, CA, USA
February 16
February 17
Embedded Technology Conference 2012 San José, Costa Rica
February 17
February 18
Red Hat, Fedora, JBoss Developer Conference Brno, Czech Republic
February 24
February 25
PHP UK Conference 2012 London, UK
February 27
March 2
ConFoo Web Techno Conference 2012 Montreal, Canada
February 28 Israeli Perl Workshop 2012 Ramat Gan, Israel
March 2
March 4
Debian BSP in Cambridge Cambridge, UK
March 2
March 4
BSP2012 - Moenchengladbach Mönchengladbach, Germany

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