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  • IP Voice 2008 - Lisbon, Portugal - March 5th to 6th, 2008 -

    IP Voice 2008 ( will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on March 5th to 6th, 2008, and with the main audience of this conference being targeted to enterprise customers and communication carriers.

    There have been a number of Open Software Phone projects that have happened in the past year and which continue to move forward: more>>

  • Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit - Austin, Texas - April 8th to 10th, 2008 -

    Unlike a lot of the events that I discuss in my Blog, the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is a "by invitation only" event with a twist. Normally for "invitation only events", the potential attendee sits by the phone with their prom clothes on, waiting for the call that may or may not come. more>>

  • Campus Party, February 11-17, 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil -

    After speaking at the Florida Linux Show on February 11th, I return ever-so-briefly to the New England area to re-pack my bags and head for Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend Campus Party (February 11th to 17th, 2008). more>>

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    Richard Stallman’s Blog

  • Urgent: Apology from Senator Kirk -

    US citizens: call on Senator Kirk to apologize to US negotiators for comparing them to "Nazi appeasers".

  • Urgent: Scrutinize Upland pipeline approval -

    US citizens: call on the State Department to scrutinize the Upland pipeline approval carefully.

    I gave this text:

    Please carefully check the proposed Upland pipeline for danger of local pollution and harm. But you should block the pipeline in any case, lest Transcanada use it later to send tar sands oil into the US.
  • Urgent: Drop charges against Andy Hall -

    Everyone: call on Thailand to drop charges against Andy Hall.

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    Sérgio Amadeu


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    GNU`s News

  • FSF Blogs: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: August 28 -

    Join the FSF and friends Friday, August 28, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. We will be on IRC in the #fsf channel on freenode.

    Tens of thousands of people visit each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

    While the Free Software Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of being a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help!

    If you are eager to help and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly FSD Meetings pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting.

  • FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "Copyright vs. Community" (Gent, Belgium) -
    Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.
    The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright--to promote progress, for the benefit of the public--then we must make changes in the other direction.

    This speech by Richard Stallman will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend.

    Speech start time and exact location to be determined.

    Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Gent.

  • health @ Savannah: Join us at IWEEE 2015 : Social Medicine -

    Dear GNU Health and Free Software community:

    In a month from now, GNU Solidario will celebrate it's 8th
    International Workshop on eHealth in Emerging Economies - IWEEE 2015 : Social Medicine - (

    During these years, IWEEE has become the point of reference for
    Free/Libre software in the health care arena, as well as for social activists.

    The event is divided in two days :

    • Day 1 : Technical talks and workshops. Some topics to be addressed are GNU Health 3.0, Tryton, Free Hardware in Medicine, HL7 FHIR, security and localization. We will also do installation workshops, so bring your Free/Libre OS laptop !
    • Day 2 : Social talks . This year we are honored to have Richard Stallman, to talk about Free Software and Medicine, as well as other very important organizations, such as the Red Cross. This event is free of charge, but you need to register.

    In the technical sessions, we will have talks from the GNU Health, Tryton and Free Software community members such as Nicolas Evrard (Tryton), Axel Braun (OpenSUSE), Dr. Etienne Saliez and Dr. Ferrer (telemedicine) . This is still a partial list. If you want to make a presentation, you have time until September 5th.

    IWEEE is more than just technical sessions. It's about social activism and Free Software philosophy. It's about giving voice to the voiceless. It's about stepping out from the comfort zone to address, denounce and find solutions to social determinants of health, in the widest sense.

    Of course, it's a also a great opportunity to get together, networking, and enjoy the beautiful city of Las Palmas, and Gran

    Please share the news with #IWEEE2015

    Looking forward to seeing you in Las Palmas !

    Luis Falcon, M.D.
    GNU Health: Freedom and Equity in Healthcare

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    Debian Project News

  • Perl team sprint - The Debian Perl team had its first sprint in May, and it was a success: seven members met in Barcelona over the weekend from May 22 to May 24 to kick off Perl development for Stretch and to work on QA tasks across the more than 3000 packages that the team maintains. Find all the details in the sprint report.
  • New documentation guides on the Debian website - On his blog, Osamu Aoki announced some updates to Debian documentation. Having created the debmake helper script to produce Debian source packages, to take into account new packaging best practices, he has rewritten the Debian Maintainers' Guide from scratch, available in the debmake-doc package. Meanwhile, the Debian Handbook is now also available from the Debian website. This version is built automatically from the corresponding package in Debian unstable. This is also the case for the documentation from debmake-doc and more generally for other debian-doc related packages.
  • Bits from the DPL - Neil McGovern, Debian project leader, sent a report about his recent activities: communication (in particular an interview by Steven Ovadia, and an open questions session on Reddit), funding management, and work with trusted organisations.