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A report from the Peru OLPC deployment

For those in a hurry, the Economist has a brief and mostly negative summary of a report on the benefits of the One Laptop Per Child program in Peru. "An evaluation of the laptop programme by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) found that the children receiving the computers did not show any improvement in maths or reading. Nor did it find evidence that access to a laptop increased motivation, or time devoted to homework or reading."

For those with more time, the actual report is more nuanced. "Results indicate limited effects on academic achievement but positive impacts on cognitive skills and competences related to computer use. Cognitive abilities may arise through using the programs included in the laptops, given that they are aimed at improving thinking processes. However, to improve learning in Math and Language, there is a need for high-quality instruction. From previous studies, this does not seem the norm in public schools in Peru, where much rote learning takes place."

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Linux for Your Electric Car: Techies Create Open Source EVs (txchnologist)

The Tumanako Project aims to provide open hardware and software to drive and recharge electric vehicles. Author Morgen E. Peck covers the project and talks with developer Philip Court. "The main offering of the Tumanako project is a drive package and inverter for a 200kW induction motor. This includes all of the software necessary to take a “go” command from a driver and the calculations for how much power to feed to the motor. Court says his code works but will not be fully open source — meaning there are still snippets of proprietary code — for another 6 months to a year."

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AOL Unloads Patents to Microsoft (Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal is running a short article about a patent deal between AOL and Microsoft. "AOL Inc. agreed Monday to sell more than 800 patents and related products to Microsoft Corp. for $1.1 billion, as the struggling online company looks to raise fresh cash while fighting a boardroom showdown with an activist shareholder." (Thanks to Martin Jeppesen)

Update: this article has more information, including a list of some of the patents involved.

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FSFE Newsletter - April 2012

The April edition of the Free Software Foundation Europe Newsletter looks at projects and initiatives, warns European Parliament staff not to accept gifts from Microsoft, welcomes Nikos Roussos from Greece as a member of the Fellowship, and covers several additional topics.

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New Books

Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

Pragmatic Bookshelf has released "Build Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby" by David Bryant Copeland.

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Upcoming Events

Events: April 12, 2012 to June 11, 2012

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

Date(s)EventLocation
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
May 7
May 11
Ubuntu Developer Summit - Q Oakland, CA, USA
May 7
May 9
Tizen Developer Conference San Francisco, CA , USA
May 8
May 11
samba eXPerience 2012 Göttingen, Germany
May 11
May 13
Debian BSP in York York, UK
May 11
May 12
Professional IT Community Conference 2012 New Brunswick, NJ, USA
May 13
May 18
C++ Now! Aspen, CO, USA
May 17
May 18
PostgreSQL Conference for Users and Developers Ottawa, Canada
May 22
May 24
Military Open Source Software - Atlantic Coast Charleston, SC, USA
May 23
May 26
LinuxTag Berlin, Germany
May 23
May 25
Croatian Linux Users' Convention Zagreb, Croatia
May 25
May 26
Flossie 2012 London, UK
May 28
June 1
Linaro Connect Q2.12 Gold Coast, Hong Kong
May 29
May 30
International conference NoSQL matters 2012 Cologne, Germany
June 1
June 3
Wikipedia & MediaWiki hackathon & workshops Berlin, Germany
June 6
June 8
LinuxCon Japan Yokohama, Japan
June 6
June 10
Taiwan Mini DebConf 2012 Hualien, Taiwan
June 7
June 10
Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe 2012 Grodno, Belarus
June 8
June 10
SouthEast LinuxFest Charlotte, NC, USA
June 9
June 10
GNOME.Asia Hong Kong, China

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