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Brief items

Samsung becomes a Linux Foundation platinum member

The Linux Foundation has announced that it has signed up Samsung at its highest membership level. "With today’s announcement, Samsung Electronics is reiterating its commitment to Linux and investing its resources in a platform it believes will help sustain its global leadership position. The company will work with The Linux Foundation on streamlining its participation with the kernel community and adopting open source best practices."

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Red Hat launches CloudForms platform

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat CloudForms. "CloudForms is an open hybrid cloud management platform built to enable enterprises to create and manage Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hybrid clouds with the ability to make self-service computing resources available to users in a managed, governed and secure way."

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"Linux Tycoon" and "2299" now Free

Bryan Lunduke has released his software under the GPL. "I put a challenge to the community last week: Help me raise enough funds to support me working full time, and I will Open Source (under the GPL) all of my games and software. The community stepped up and we hit that goal in just 8 short days -- helping to prove the viability of supporting Open Source development via Donations." "Linux Tycoon", the Linux-distro-simulation game, and "2299 : THE GAME" are the first of his games to be released under the GPL.

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Articles of interest

Free Software Supporter -- Issue 50, May 2012

The May issue of the Free Software Supporter covers an FSF statement on Oracle v Google, DRM, a call on the new French president to "Stop software patents", and several other topics.

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FSFE Newsletter - June 2012

The Free Software Foundation Europe Newsletter for June covers the usage of terms like FOSS, Libre Software, FLOSS; enforcing web standards; French elections and non-free software; and several other topics.

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Ah! The Morning After... (Groklaw)

In a follow-up to yesterday's coverage of the Oracle v. Google ruling on the copyrightability of APIs, Groklaw has a summary of the reactions from various parties in and around the lawsuit, including interpretations on the case's broader impact. "The ruling totally wipes away the earlier partial ruling by the jury on the API question. Or as lawyers would say, it's now moot. There is no question of fair use for code that can't be copyrighted. You can't infringe something that isn't covered by copyright law, and so you don't need a defense like fair use."

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8 million leaked passwords connected to LinkedIn, dating website (ars technica)

Ars technica reports that a cracker has posted 8 million cryptographic hashes to the Internet that appear to belong to users of LinkedIn and also a popular dating website. "The massive dumps over the past three days came in postings to user forums dedicated to password cracking at insidepro.com. The bigger of the two lists contains almost 6.46 million passwords that have been converted into hashes using the SHA-1 cryptographic function. They use no cryptographic "salt," making the job of cracking them considerably faster. Rick Redman, a security consultant who specializes in password cracking, said the list almost certainly belongs to LinkedIn because he found a password in it that was unique to the professional social networking site. Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security said much the same thing, as did researchers from Sophos. Several Twitter users reported similar findings." If you have an account on LinkedIn you should probably change your password.

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Education and Certification

LPI Announces Online Resource for Linux Education

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced an online "one-stop-shopping" solution for learning resources for their Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) program: the LPI Marketplace. "The LPI Marketplace was created for LPI by mindhub(TM) of Pearson VUE and is an online resource center offering a wide variety of learning products designed to help individuals prepare for LPI's industry-recognized certification, enhance their existing skills set and achieve their professional goals. Products in the LPI Marketplace will include a full range of expert reference materials including books, flash cards, practice exams, and video training modules. Content providers presently participating in the LPI Marketplace include such widely-recognized companies as Axzo Press, Element K, ExamForce, MeasureUp, McGraw-Hill, Sybex, Transcender and uCertify."

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Linup Front GMBH Publishes Free Training Manual

Linup Front GmbH has announced the availability of a free training manual, in German and English, for the new "Linux Essentials" certification published by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). "The 250-page manual can be downloaded as a PDF file from http://shop.linupfront.com/ and is being published under a Creative Commons license allowing unmodified redistribution. The same content is also being issued as an Android app for tablets and smartphones, which can be obtained free of charge from the Google Play Store."

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Calls for Presentations

LCA2013 opens call for presentations

Linux.conf.au 2013 returns to the Australian National University in Canberra starting January 28. The call for presentations is now open. "This year, they are focusing on deep technical content, and the things that you think are going to really matter in the future. Do you have something to say about freedom and privacy, open source cloud systems, or energy efficient server farms of the future? Or something else that you are passionate about?" Submission deadline is July 6; see this page for more information.

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Upcoming Events

MeetBSD California 2012

MeetBSD California 2012 will take place November 3-4, 2012 in Sunnyvale, CA. "It will feature one day of scheduled talks on Saturday followed by one day of unConference-style community-scheduled emergent activities on Sunday. We’re looking forward to another engaging and interesting conference! By combining scheduled talks and community-driven events like lightning talks and hacking sessions, we hope that everyone will get the most out of this year’s activities."

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Events: June 7, 2012 to August 6, 2012

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

Date(s)EventLocation
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
June 11
June 15
YAPC North America Madison, Wisconsin, USA
June 11
June 16
Programming Language Design and Implementation Beijing, China
June 12
June 13
HotCloud '12: 4th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing Boston, USA
June 12 USENIX Cyberlaw '12: 2012 USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cyberlaw Boston, USA
June 12 UCMS '12: 2012 USENIX Configuration Management Workshop: Virtualization, the Cloud, and Scale Boston, USA
June 12 WiAC '12: 2012 USENIX Women in Advanced Computing Summit Boston, USA
June 13
June 14
HotStorage '12: 4th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems Boston, MA, USA
June 13 WebApps '12: 3rd USENIX Conference on Web Application Development Boston, USA
June 13
June 15
2012 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Boston, MA, USA
June 14
June 15
TaPP '12: 4th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance Boston, MA, USA
June 14
June 17
FUDCon LATAM 2012 Margarita Margarita, Venezuela
June 15
June 16
Nordic Ruby Stockholm, Sweden
June 15
June 16
Devaamo summit Tampere, Finland
June 15 NSDR '12: 6th USENIX/ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions Boston, MA, USA
June 16 Debrpm Linux Packaging Workshop in the Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
June 19
June 21
Solutions Linux Open Source Paris, France
June 20
June 21
Open Source Summit (NASA, State Dept, VA) College Park, MD, USA
June 26
July 2
GNOME & Mono Festival of Love 2012 Boston, MA, USA
June 26
June 29
Open Source Bridge: The conference for open source citizens Portland, Oregon, USA
June 30
July 1
Quack And Hack 2012 Paoli, PA, USA
June 30
July 6
Akademy (KDE conference) 2012 Tallinn, Estonia
July 1
July 7
DebConf 2012 Managua, Nicaragua
July 2
July 8
EuroPython 2012 Florence, Italy
July 5 London Lua user group London, UK
July 6
July 8
3. Braunschweiger Atari & Amiga Meeting Braunschweig, Germany
July 7
July 8
10th European Tcl/Tk User Meeting Munich, Germany
July 7
July 12
Libre Software Meeting / Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre Geneva, Switzerland
July 8
July 14
DebConf12 Managua, Nicaragua
July 9
July 11
GNU Tools Cauldron 2012 Prague, Czech Republic
July 10
July 11
AdaCamp Washington, DC Washington, DC, USA
July 10
July 15
Wikimania Washington, DC, USA
July 11 PuppetCamp Geneva @RMLL/LSM Geneva, Switzerland
July 11
July 13
Linux Symposium Ottawa, Canada
July 14
July 15
Community Leadership Summit 2012 Portland, OR, USA
July 16
July 20
OSCON Portland, OR, USA
July 26
July 29
GNOME Users And Developers European Conference A Coruña, Spain
August 3
August 4
Texas Linux Fest San Antonio, TX, USA

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