Brief itemsannounced 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." 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."
Articles of interestas 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?'" 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."
Calls for PresentationsCeBIT 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.
Upcoming EventsSCALE 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.
|Open Source World Conference 2012||Granada, Spain|
|Fedora User and Developer Conference, North America||Blacksburg, VA, USA|
|linux.conf.au 2012||Ballarat, Australia|
|Wikipedia & MediaWiki hackathon & workshops||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|SCALE 10x - Southern California Linux Expo||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|DebianMed Meeting Southport2012||Southport, UK|
|Ubuntu Developer Week||#ubuntu-classroom, irc.freenode.net|
|Free and Open Source Developers Meeting||Brussels, Belgium|
|Linux on ARM: Linaro Connect Q1.12||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Open Source Now 2012||Geneva, Switzerland|
|Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe Winter session 2012||Minsk, Belarus|
|Skolelinux/Debian Edu developer gathering||Oslo, Norway|
|Android Builder's Summit||Redwood Shores, CA, USA|
|2012 Embedded Linux Conference||Redwood Shores, CA, USA|
|Embedded Technology Conference 2012||San José, Costa Rica|
|Red Hat, Fedora, JBoss Developer Conference||Brno, Czech Republic|
|PHP UK Conference 2012||London, UK|
|ConFoo Web Techno Conference 2012||Montreal, Canada|
|February 28||Israeli Perl Workshop 2012||Ramat Gan, Israel|
|Debian BSP in Cambridge||Cambridge, UK|
|BSP2012 - Moenchengladbach||Mönchengladbach, Germany|
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