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OIN Announces Broad Expansion of Linux System Definition

Open Invention Network (OIN) has announced that it has expanded and updated the Linux System technologies covered in its protective network of royalty-free patents. "Over 700 new software packages – including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit – will now receive coverage. In addition, coverage for over 1,000 existing software packages has been updated."

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New members for the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation has announced that Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana and NVIDIA have joined as members. "'NVIDIA is strongly committed to enabling world-class experiences and innovation with our GPU and mobile products. Membership in The Linux Foundation will accelerate our collaboration with the organizations and individuals instrumental in shaping the future of Linux, enabling a great experience for users and developers of Linux,' said Scott Pritchett, VP of Linux Platform Software at NVIDIA."

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Articles of interest

FSFE Newsletter - March 2012

The March edition of the Free Software Foundation Europe Newsletter covers Free Your Android press coverage, a report from "I love Free Software day", an FSFE FOSDEM report, and more.

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Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all (Linux User)

Linux User has an interview with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. In it he talks about the design of the low-cost ARMv6-based board, the non-profit status of the company, and its competition. "It’s not entirely clear to me why the Beagleboard is so expensive. Somebody in that Beagleboard value chain has got to be making a pile of money – I mean, $175 for a Pandaboard or $100 for a Beagleboard? Somebody’s got to be amassing a pile of cash there, because that’s a $10 chip in that device. I don’t know why they’re so expensive. Raspberry Pi, in terms of multimedia, outperforms any other dev board in existence – which is nice. [...] In terms of general purpose computing, it’s got this 700MHz ARM11, and our benchmark shows it’s about 20 per cent slower than a Beagleboard for general purpose computing. But, you know, it’s a quarter of the price – somewhere between a sixth and a quarter of the price – so yeah, I expect that our first customers are going to be Beagleboard-type customers."

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Education and Certification

LPI announces Linux Essentials Program

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced "Linux Essentials," a new program measuring foundation knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software. "Targeted at new technology users, the "Linux Essentials" program is set to be adopted by schools, educational authorities, training centers and others commencing June 2012."

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LPI announces Linux Training Program with the International Telecommunication Union in the League of Arab States

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced a certification and training project in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) throughout the 22 countries in the League of Arab States. "The three year ITU project, called "Establishment of Training Centres in Linux Curricula and Certification", will establish 132 Linux "train-the-trainer" centers on all three levels of Linux Professional Institute Certification"

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Calls for Presentations

Call for music -- LAC 2012 video-trailer soundtrack

Linux Audio Conference (LAC) 2012 will take place April 12-15 in Stanford, California. This year the conference video recordings will be prefixed by a short video and the conference organizers have opened a call for music to accompany this video. Submissions are due by April 1.

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Flossie 2012 CfP

Flossie 2012 is a free, two-day event for women who work with, or are interested in, Software Libre/FOSS in Open Data, Knowledge Digital Arts and Education. The conference takes place in London, UK on May 25-26, 2012. The call for papers is open until March 12.

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EuroPython 2012: Call for Proposals

EuroPython 2012 will take place July 2-8 in Florence, Italy. The call for proposals is open until March 18. "We're looking for proposals on every aspect of Python: programming from novice to advanced levels, applications and frameworks, or how you have been involved in introducing Python into your organisation."

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LSM embedded and open hardware track 2012 Cfp

The 2012 Libre Software Meeting (LSM) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland July 7-12. The call for presentations for the "Embedded Systems and Open Hardware" session is open until March 31.

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Upcoming Events

Events: March 8, 2012 to May 7, 2012

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

Date(s)EventLocation
March 6
March 10
CeBIT 2012 Hannover, Germany
March 7
March 15
PyCon 2012 Santa Clara, CA, USA
March 10
March 11
Open Source Days 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 10
March 11
Debian BSP in Perth Perth, Australia
March 16
March 17
Clojure/West San Jose, CA, USA
March 17
March 18
Chemnitz Linux Days Chemnitz, Germany
March 23
March 24
Cascadia IT Conference (LOPSA regional conference) Seattle, WA, USA
March 24
March 25
LibrePlanet 2012 Boston, MA, USA
March 26
April 1
Wireless Battle of the Mesh (V5) Athens, Greece
March 26
March 29
EclipseCon 2012 Washington D.C., USA
March 28
March 29
Palmetto Open Source Software Conference 2012 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
March 28 PGDay Austin 2012 Austin, TX, USA
March 29 Program your own open source system-on-a-chip (OpenRISC) London, UK
March 30 PGDay DC 2012 Sterling, VA, USA
April 2 PGDay NYC 2012 New York, NY, USA
April 3
April 5
LF Collaboration Summit San Francisco, CA, USA
April 5
April 6
Android Open San Francisco, CA, USA
April 10
April 12
Percona Live: MySQL Conference and Expo 2012 Santa Clara, CA, United States
April 12
April 15
Linux Audio Conference 2012 Stanford, CA, USA
April 12
April 19
SuperCollider Symposium London, UK
April 12
April 13
European LLVM Conference London, UK
April 13 Drizzle Day Santa Clara, CA, USA
April 16
April 18
OpenStack "Folsom" Design Summit San Francisco, CA, USA
April 17
April 19
Workshop on Real-time, Embedded and Enterprise-Scale Time-Critical Systems Paris, France
April 19
April 20
OpenStack Conference San Francisco, CA, USA
April 21 international Openmobility conference 2012 Prague, Czech Republic
April 23
April 25
Luster User Group Austin, Tx, USA
April 25
April 28
Evergreen International Conference 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana
April 27
April 29
Penguicon Dearborn, MI, USA
April 28 Linuxdays Graz 2012 Graz, Austria
April 28
April 29
LinuxFest Northwest 2012 Bellingham, WA, USA
May 2
May 5
Libre Graphics Meeting 2012 Vienna, Austria
May 3
May 5
Utah Open Source Conference Orem, Utah, USA

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