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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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  • Voting Machines -

    Voting machines used in Virginia and Pennsylvania allowed election-rigging via wifi, for anyone that could crack the machine's WEP password.

    To make it even easier, they used the password "ABCDE". But that is the icing on the cake. There are programs that reliably guess WEP passwords. No matter what password they had chosen, the machine would still have been vulnerable to anyone with some expertise.

    Today's voting computers might have a little better security, but that doesn't mean they can be trusted. Even if the security is enough to thwart random passers-by, that does not mean it will stop people from the company that made the machine, or people from the election authority, from rigging the election indetectably.

    Virginia has decertified this machine, but is the replacement good enough for your elections? The proper criteria are more than a little more strict.

    Even if the computer's security isn't so weak that outsiders can crack it, that doesn't mean you can trust it. The manufacturer might rig the election; the election authority might rig the election.

  • Using terrorists as an excuse -

    Malaysia is using terrorists, that may or may not really exist, as an excuse to crush human rights.

    The US, UK, France and Australia have followed this path before.

  • Afghan government soldiers -

    Afghan government soldiers continue shooting Americans inside bases.

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    Sérgio Amadeu


  • CRYPTORAVE NO CATARSE - A Cryptorave é o maior evento de popularização da criptografia e de técnicas de proteção da privacidade e da comunicação anônima e livre na Internet. Neste ano, a Cryptorave começará no dia 24/04 às 19h, no Centro Cultural Vergueiro, em São Paulo. O evento segue com 24 horas ininterruptas de atividades e com uma balada [...]
  • Descobertos e (re)misturados - Este artigo foi escrito por Fabianne Balvedi originalmente para a edição n.45 da Revista ABCDesign, codinome “Origens” ( ) Era junho de 2004, e eu estava em uma das apresentações mais badaladas do FISL V – Quinto Fórum Internacional Software Livre. Apesar de trabalhar com programas de código aberto desde 2001, fazia muito pouco [...]
  • CANDIDATO dos TUCANOS DEFENDEU TRABALHO INFANTIL. JUSTIÇA COMPROVA - Jonas Donizete, desesperado, despreparado, orientado pelos mesmos marketeiros de Alckmin e Serra, tentou nos programas de TV dizer que nunca tinha apresentado nenhum projeto favorável ao trabalho infantil. Como não conseguiu impedir o acesso ao projeto de lei 9236/1997, de sua autoria, no site Câmara de Vereadores, solicitou à Jutiça Eleitoral o bloqueio das denuncias, [...]
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    Debian Project News

  • Jessie coming soon! - Niels Thykier of the Debian Release team made the official announcement of a target release date of Saturday 25 April for Debian 8 Jessie! The date although announced is still subject to change for critical issues, but otherwise we are moving into the final stages for release. There will be a quiet period starting Saturday 18 April; all bug fixes must be in before then. There is still time to work on and apply fixes, so don't be shy!
  • The newsletter for the Debian community - The Debian Installer team announced the second release candidate of the installer for Jessie. Several improvements were made to brltty-udeb, console-setup, and tasksel, among other things. Hardware support is also improved, with the installer providing u-boot binaries for armhf systems without u-boot in flash, and grub2 support for running the 64-bit Linux kernel on a 32-bit EFI. There is full translation for 19 of the 75 languages supported.
  • Reports - Ulrike Uhlig detailed quite extensively her work towards improving AppArmor support in Debian, as part of her final report on the latest segment of Debian's involvement in the Outreach Program for Women. She wrote about first starting with AppArmor and her learning curve both with it and with Debian, sharing the maturation process from being uncomfortable at first to later authoring documentation on how others could contribute. Although the internship has ended the work continues as she still plans on contributing as a member of the AppArmor Packaging Team.