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2012 Linux Scholarship Program Open Now

The Linux Foundation has announced its 2012 Linux Training Scholarship Program. It also announced a new Enterprise Linux Training program aimed at "preparing the next generation of enterprise architects". The deadline for scholarship applications is July 11, 2012.

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Articles of interest

IFOSSLR 4.1 available

Volume 4, Issue 1 of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review is out. Featured topics this time include open licensing and databases, an exploration of what "distribution" of software really means under US copyright law, open hardware licensing, and more.

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Linus Torvalds: Linux succeeded thanks to selfishness and trust (BBC)

The BBC interviews Linus Torvalds. "So I think that in order to make it in a consumer market, you really do need to be pre-installed. And as Android has shown, Linux really can be very much a consumer product. So it's not that the consumer market itself would necessarily be a fundamentally hard nut to crack, but the 'you need to come preinstalled' thing is a big thing. And on the laptop and desktop market, we just haven't ever had any company making that kind of play. And don't get me wrong - it's not an easy play to make."

The BBC also reports that Linus has co-won the Millennium Technology Prize.

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Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case (GigaOm)

GigaOm looks at a surprising turn in the Apple-Google case, and in the patent wars in general. "In his remarkable ruling, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner stated that there was no point in holding a trial because it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement. He said he was inclined to dismiss the case with prejudice — meaning the parties can’t come back to fight over the same patents — and that he would enter a more formal opinion confirming this next week."

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet (The Register)

The Register reports that the US Navy has signed off on an almost $28 million contract from military contractor Raytheon to install Linux ground control software for its fleet of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones. "As for those worried over GPL licensing, the US Department of Defense is well ahead of you. The DOD has already issued guidelines on the use of open source code in its systems, and says the matter is in hand. "The US government can directly combine GPL and proprietary/classified software into a single program arbitrarily, as long as the result is never conveyed outside the U.S. government, but this approach should not be taken lightly," it states. "When taking this approach, contractors hired to modify the software must not retain copyright or other rights to the result (else the software would be conveyed outside the US government.)" (Thanks to Phil Endecott)

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New Books

Maintainable JavaScript--New from O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media has released "Maintainable JavaScript" by Nicholas Zakas.

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Calls for Presentations

Call for Presentations: Postgres Open 2012

Postgres Open will take place September 17-19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The call for talks and workshops is open until June 26. "Presentations should be oriented towards the business or development user of PostgreSQL, and should have substantial technical content."

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PyCon Finland 2012 - Call for Proposals

PyCon Finland 2012 will take place October 22-23 in Espoo, Finland. The call for proposals deadline is August 1. They are looking for proposals for both talks and sprints.

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Upcoming Events

Events: June 14, 2012 to August 13, 2012

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

Date(s)EventLocation
June 11
June 15
YAPC North America Madison, Wisconsin, USA
June 11
June 16
Programming Language Design and Implementation Beijing, China
June 13
June 14
HotStorage '12: 4th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems Boston, MA, USA
June 13
June 15
2012 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Boston, MA, USA
June 14
June 17
FUDCon LATAM 2012 Margarita Margarita, Venezuela
June 14
June 15
TaPP '12: 4th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance Boston, MA, USA
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 15
June 16
Nordic Ruby Stockholm, Sweden
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
June 29
Open Source Bridge: The conference for open source citizens Portland, Oregon, USA
June 26
July 2
GNOME & Mono Festival of Love 2012 Boston, MA, USA
June 30
July 6
Akademy (KDE conference) 2012 Tallinn, Estonia
June 30
July 1
Quack And Hack 2012 Paoli, PA, USA
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 12
Libre Software Meeting / Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre Geneva, Switzerland
July 7
July 8
10th European Tcl/Tk User Meeting Munich, Germany
July 8
July 14
DebConf12 Managua, Nicaragua
July 9
July 11
GNU Tools Cauldron 2012 Prague, Czech Republic
July 10
July 15
Wikimania Washington, DC, USA
July 10
July 11
AdaCamp Washington, DC 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
August 8
August 10
21st USENIX Security Symposium Bellevue, WA, USA

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