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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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  • Urgent: Raise Seattle's minimum wage -

    Everyone: support the campaign for Seattle to raise the minimum wage to $15.

  • Urgent: Cowboy Indian Alliance -

    US citizens: call on Obama and Kerry to meet with the Cowboy Indian Alliance.

  • Urgent: End cruelty to John Kiriakou -

    US citizens: on May 9, ask your congresscritter to contact the Bureau of Prisons to end the vindictive cruelty to prisoner John Kiriakou.

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    Sérgio Amadeu


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    GNU`s News

  • A first installment of a GNU Status Repo... - A first installment of a GNU Status Report is available. This is a partial revival of the original GNU's Bulletin, with the aim of providing GNU-wide information from time to time, for as many packages as possible. More info.
  • Savannah was down for a few days recentl... - Savannah was down for a few days recently due to a password compromise and then a disk failure. Also, some Apache features have been turned off for web pages. Full news items.
  • US citizens: Stop the Internet blacklist... - US citizens: Stop the Internet blacklist bill. Sign the petition at, and see the post on for more information.
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    Debian Project News

  • Results of the DPL elections - Lucas Nussbaum has just been reelected by the Debian Developers as the Debian Project Leader. "It has been a pleasure and a honor to serve as the Debian Project Leader for the past year. I am very thankful for having been given the opportunity to continue for a second term, and I hope that I will be meeting the project's expectations during the coming year", Lucas said. His opponent in these elections, Neil McGovern, "[...] would like to congratulate Lucas for winning the election, and hope that Debian continues to go from strength to strength". More information about the result is available in the Debian Project Leader Elections 2014 page. The new term for the project leader will start on April 17 2014 and expire on April 17 2015.
  • Debsources stats: Historical overview of Debian source code - Stefano Zacchiroli wrote on his blog about the debsources statistics that he has been working on recently, announcing that they now draw on an increased statistical basis, including all historical Debian releases since "Hamm", which was released in 1998. As for the usefulness of such a laborious documenting task, Stefano points out that it allows us "to appreciate macro-level evolution trends in Free Software, over a period of more than 15 years, through the eyes of a distro that sits at the nice intersection of the eldest, largest, and most reputed distros." By combining information stored in the Debian archive and the debsources database, the debsources statistics provide some relevant information about Debian's evolution, such as (for example) overviews in table and graphical form of the amount of source code written in the different programming languages used over the years, thus contributing significantly to what Stefano calls a "long-time preservation of digital information in general, and for the perennity of access to Free Software in the specific case of Debian".
  • Reports from Mini-DebConf Barcelona - According to the official stats, the Barcelona Mini-DebConf held last March was a great success, especially in terms of participation by women: of the 160 attendees, 36% were women. Tássia Camões Araújo, member of the organisation team, explains: "as we didn’t collect gender information at the registration, it is hard to make a clear comparison with previous DebConfs. Since 2007, the rate of non-male participants ranged from 13% to 17%. For this Mini-DebConf, the orga team did the gender identification per name and found a non-male rate of 36%. Again, since the methods were not the same we cannot safely compare, but still, I think it’s worth it to make this info public." Various attendees wrote enthusiastic reports and the videos of the talks are already available.