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Non-Commercial announcements

Netfilter gets a GPL-enforcement injunction

The Netfilter/iptables project, which has been aggressively enforcing its GPL license for a while now, has sent out a press release stating that it has obtained a preliminary injunction in Germany against Sitecom Germany GmbH. Sitecom's WL-122 wireless router contains the GPL-licensed code, but the manufacturer has not been living up to its obligations. Unless Sitecom comes into compliance, the injunction will prohibit the company from distributing the infringing products. Click below for the details.

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Mozilla Foundation Offering Autographed T-Shirts to Donors (MozillaZine)

MozillaZine has announced that Mozilla contributors will receive an autographed T-shirt until the end of April. "The new Mozilla gear is now shipping, and to celebrate the availability of cool new T-shirts, polo shirts and stuffed firefoxes, we are sending autographed Mozilla or Firefox T-shirts to anyone who makes a contribution of $50 from the Mozilla store by the end of this month (Friday, April 30)."

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Japanese Systems Integrator Ten Art-ni joins OSDL

The Open Source Development Labs has announced that Ten Art-ni, a Japanese open source technology integrator, has joined OSDL and will participate in OSDL's Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux working groups to advance Linux in Japan.

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PUBPAT challenges Microsoft's FAT patent

The Public Patent Foundation has put out a press release stating that it has filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to have one of Microsoft's patents on the FAT filesystem revoked. "Last fall, Microsoft began to demand royalty bearing licenses for the entire portfolio of patents around the FAT File System. However, the fact that Microsoft has not offered licenses for use in Free and Open Source Software has led some to speculate that Microsoft intends to use its patents to fight the competitive threat posed by Free Software."

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the wxWidgets Bounties program

The wxWidgets GUI library project has come up with an interesting way to spur development of needed features, the wxWidgets Bounties program. "Need a particular feature or bug fix? Set a price here, giving a short description, your name and email address. Hopefully, one or more people will contact you and you can arrange the terms of this development work."

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Commercial announcements

Fluendo, GStreamer-based streaming media company, launched

Fluendo, a company dedicated to creating streaming media services using free software technology, was launched today. Fluendo will build services on top of GStreamer and will provide funding for the Foundation to complete the Ogg/Theora bitstream specification.

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HP and DreamWorks Give Innovation a Starring Role in "Shrek 2"

This Shrek 2 commercial (click below) from HP and DreamWorks mentions HP's Utility Rendering Service (HP URS), developed by HP in collaboration with DreamWorks. "The HP URS was built by researchers at HP Labs in Palo Alto using a 1,000-processor compute farm built on industry-standard systems, including HP ProLiant DL360 servers running Linux and HP ProCurve network switches. It is linked via a secure, high-speed network to DreamWorks Animation studios to provide an extension of DreamWorks' internal data center. This gives the studio a pooled set of resources that can be tapped as needed without having to make a major capital investment."

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Quest Software Announces Support for MySQL with New Database Development Freeware Tool

Quest Software's Development Solutions has announced the availability of a new version of its Quest Toad database tool. The new version will support the MySQL database.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 Achieves LSB Internationalization Runtime Environment Certification

Red Hat has issued a press release claiming that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is the first OS certified by the Free Standards Group to conform with the Linux Standard Base (LSB) Internationalized Runtime Environment.

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New Books

No Starch Press releases "The Official GNOME 2 Developer's Guide"

No Starch Press has published The Official GNOME 2 Developer's Guide by Matthias Warkus.

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GNOME Installation Guide for GNOME-2.6 online (GnomeDesktop) has an announcement for a new GNOME Installation Guide for GNOME 2.6. "The GNOME Installation Guide was written to help unfamiliar users install a stable GNOME system that includes more than the default applications. It teaches readers how to compile GNOME on their own instead of installing precompiled packages. It also covers installation of extra GNOME programs, both those hosted by the GNOME project and those which are not."

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LM: Introduction to Linux Audio

Richard Brown has announced a new introductory article about Linux audio on the site.

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New Linux Audio Applications

Dave Phillips has updated his New Additions page of Linux audio applications.

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The LDP Weekly News - 20040421

The Linux Documentation Project Weekly News for April 21, 2004 is out with all the latest documentation news.

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LPI News for March, 2004

Linux Professional Institute's March LPI Newsletter has been published. Take a look to see the latest Linux certification issues.

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New OpenPKG slideset now available online!

A slide set for the OpenPKG package management system is available. "During the last weeks we've prepared a completely new official slideset for OpenPKG which now replaces the old one."

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Upcoming Events

Grid Today 2004 Conference Announces Panels

A preview of the GridToday 2004 conference events is available. "GridToday'04 (Gt'04), the premiere enterprise Grid computing conference, has developed multiple panels focused on the most critical and timely information in Grid technology deployment. Each panel will be presented as a plenary session in Philadelphia this May 24-26, allowing Gt'04 attendees to participate in all sessions."

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Record Numbers To Attend This Year's LinuxUser & Developer Expo

The LinuxUser & Developer Expo 2004 has a press release announcing that over 100 companies are signed up as exhibitors. The expo begins April 20 in Olympia London.

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Ottawa Linux Symposium speakers announced

The list of speakers for this year's Ottawa Linux Symposium (July 21 to 24) has been posted. If anything, it looks like an even more solid technical program than usual. This year's keynote will be given by Andrew Morton.

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YAPC NA 2004 schedules available (use Perl)

Use Perl links to the schedules for the YAPC::NA 2004 conference. The event will take place in Buffalo, NY on June 16-18, 2004.

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A Call for Papers has gone out for the Second Conference. The event will take place in Berlin, Germany on September 22-24, 2004.

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GCC Developer's Summit Speaker List

The list of speakers and events are available for the GCC Developers' Summit.

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Events: April 22 - June 17, 2004

Date Event Location
April 22 - 23, 20042004 Desktop Linux Summit(Del Mar Fairgrounds)San Diego, California
April 26 - 27, 2004Digital Media Project Traditional Rights and Usages WorkshopLos Angeles, CA
April 29 - May 2, 20042nd Linux Audio Developers Conference(Institute for Music and Acoustics)Karlsruhe, Germany
May 3 - 5, 2004International PHP Conference 2004 Spring EditionAmsterdam, Netherlands
May 6 - 8, 2004TheServerSide Java Symposium(The Venetian)Las Vegas, NV
May 6 - 8, 2004Web.It 2004Padova, Italy
May 11 - 12, 2004LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(Hotel Istana)Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
May 16 - 18, 2004European Firebird Conference 2004Fulda, Germany
May 17 - 20, 2004Fifth LCI International Conference on Linux Clusters(University of Texas)Austin, TX
May 17 - 19, 2004Enterprise Software Summit(The Palace Hotel)San Francisco, CA
May 17 - 20, 2004Black Hat Briefings Europe 2004(Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)Amsterdam, the Netherlands
May 17 - 21, 2004Apache Boot CampAtlanta, GA
May 20 - 22, 2004Austrian Perl WorkshopVienna, Austria
May 24 - 26, 2004GridToday 2004(Philadelphia Convention Center)Philadelphia, PA
May 25 - 26, 2004LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(Suntec)Singapore
May 26 - June 6, 2004DebConf4Porto Alegre, Brazil
May 26 - 29, 20042nd International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and RetrievalEsbjerg, Denmark
June 2 - 4, 20042004 GCC and GNU Toolchain Developer's Summit(Ottawa Congress Centre)Ottawa, Canada
June 3 - 4, 2004Web.It 2004Milano, Italy
June 6 - 7, 2004French Perl WorkshopParis, France
June 7 - 9, 2004EuroPython(Chalmers University of Technology)Göteborg, Sweden
June 13, 20041st European Lisp and Scheme WorkshopOslo, Norway
June 14 - 18, 200418th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming(ECOOP-2004)(The University of Oslo)Oslo, Norway
June 16 - 18, 2004Yet Another Perl Conference(YAPC::NA::2004)(University at Buffalo)Buffalo, NY
June 16 - 18, 2004YAPC::NA 2004(University at Buffalo)Buffalo, NY

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Event Reports

Notes from the MySQL Users Conference & Expo 2004

Lenz Grimmer has posted a report from the MySQL Users Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Software announcements

This week's software announcements

Here are the software announcements, courtesy of They are available in two formats:

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