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US Supreme Court rules against software patents

In April, LWN reported on the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, which addresses the issue of whether ideas implemented in software are patentable. The ruling [PDF] is now in: a 9-0 decision against patentability. "We hold that the claims at issue are drawn to the abstract idea of intermediated settlement, and that merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention."

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No more updates for Freecode

The Freecode site (once known as Freshmeat), has announced that they are no longer updating entries. "Freecode has been the Web's largest index of Linux, Unix and cross-platform software, and mobile applications. Thousands of applications, which are preferably released under an open source license, were meticulously cataloged in the Freecode database, but links to new applications and releases are no longer being added. Each entry provides a description of the software, links to download it and to obtain more information, and a history of the project's releases."

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Articles of interest

Steps to diversity in your open source group ( covers a talk by Coraline Ehmke about diversity in open source. "She came at the topic from the angle of diversity as a value of the culture of our groups. By now we've heard from many open source thought leaders on why we need diversity in open source—arguments mainly center around the more people of the greater population that we include in our groups, and make feel welcome to our groups, the better our results will be. Why? Coraline points to a study indicating that groupthinking is a real thing—we tend to agree with and value the things that are said and done by other people that are simply like us. So, the presence of someone different in our group increases accuracy by reducing knee-jerk agreements."

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New Books

The Software Test Engineer's Handbook, 2nd Ed.: New from Rocky Nook

Rocky Nook has released "The Software Test Engineer's Handbook, 2nd Edition" by Graham Bath and Judy McKay.

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Calls for Presentations

CFP Deadlines: June 26, 2014 to August 25, 2014

The following listing of CFP deadlines is taken from the CFP Calendar.

DeadlineEvent Dates EventLocation
June 30 November 18
November 20
Open Source Monitoring Conference Nuremberg, Germany
July 1 September 5
September 7
BalCCon 2k14 Novi Sad, Serbia
July 4 October 31
November 2
Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit Gothenburg, Sweden
July 5 November 7
November 9
Jesień Linuksowa Szczyrk, Poland
July 7 August 23
August 31
Debian Conference 2014 Portland, OR, USA
July 11 October 13
October 15
CloudOpen Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 13
October 15
Embedded Linux Conference Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 13
October 15
LinuxCon Europe Düsseldorf, Germany
July 11 October 15
October 17
Linux Plumbers Conference Düsseldorf, Germany
July 14 August 15
August 17
GNU Hackers' Meeting 2014 Munich, Germany
July 15 October 24
October 25
Firebird Conference 2014 Prague, Czech Republic
July 20 January 12
January 16 2015 Auckland, New Zealand
July 21 October 21
October 24
PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014 Madrid, Spain
July 24 October 6
October 8
Qt Developer Days 2014 Europe Berlin, Germany
July 24 October 24
October 26
Ohio LinuxFest 2014 Columbus, Ohio, USA
July 25 September 22
September 23
Lustre Administrators and Developers workshop Reims, France
July 27 October 14
October 16
KVM Forum 2014 Düsseldorf, Germany
July 27 October 24
October 25
Seattle GNU/Linux Conference Seattle, WA, USA
July 30 October 16
October 17
GStreamer Conference Düsseldorf, Germany
July 31 October 23
October 24
Free Software and Open Source Symposium Toronto, Canada
August 1 August 4 CentOS Dojo Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany
August 15 September 25
September 26
Kernel Recipes Paris, France
August 15 August 25 CentOS Dojo Paris, France Paris, France
August 15 November 3
November 5
Qt Developer Days 2014 NA San Francisco, CA, USA
August 15 October 20
October 21
Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai Shanghai, China
August 18 October 18
October 19
openSUSE.Asia Summit Beijing, China
August 22 October 3
October 5
PyTexas 2014 College Station, TX, USA

If the CFP deadline for your event does not appear here, please tell us about it.

Upcoming Events

Events: June 26, 2014 to August 25, 2014

The following event listing is taken from the Calendar.

June 21
June 28
YAPC North America Orlando, FL, USA
June 24
June 27
Open Source Bridge Portland, OR, USA
July 1
July 2
Automotive Linux Summit Tokyo, Japan
July 5
July 11
Libre Software Meeting Montpellier, France
July 5
July 6
Tails HackFest 2014 Paris, France
July 6
July 12
SciPy 2014 Austin, Texas, USA
July 8 CHAR(14) near Milton Keynes, UK
July 9 PGDay UK near Milton Keynes, UK
July 14
July 16
2014 Ottawa Linux Symposium Ottawa, Canada
July 18
July 20
GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 Cambridge, England, UK
July 19
July 20
Conference for Open Source Coders, Users and Promoters Taipei, Taiwan
July 20
July 24
OSCON 2014 Portland, OR, USA
July 21
July 27
EuroPython 2014 Berlin, Germany
July 26
August 1
Gnome Users and Developers Annual Conference Strasbourg, France
August 1
August 3
PyCon Australia Brisbane, Australia
August 4 CentOS Dojo Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany
August 6
August 9
Flock Prague, Czech Republic
August 9 Fosscon 2014 Philadelphia, PA, USA
August 15
August 17
GNU Hackers' Meeting 2014 Munich, Germany
August 18
August 19
Xen Developer Summit North America Chicago, IL, USA
August 18
August 20
Linux Kernel Summit Chicago, IL, USA
August 18 7th Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test San Diego, CA, USA
August 18
August 19
Linux Security Summit 2014 Chicago, IL, USA
August 19 2014 USENIX Summit on Hot Topics in Security San Diego, CA, USA
August 20
August 22
USENIX Security '14 San Diego, CA, USA
August 20
August 22
LinuxCon North America Chicago, IL, USA
August 20
August 22
CloudOpen North America Chicago, IL, USA
August 22
August 23
BarcampGR Grand Rapids, MI, USA
August 23
August 24
Free and Open Source Software Conference St. Augustin (near Bonn), Germany
August 23
August 31
Debian Conference 2014 Portland, OR, USA

If your event does not appear here, please tell us about it.

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