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By Deividson Luiz Okopnik and Howard Dyckoff

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News in General

lightning boltUtah Jury Confirms Novell Owns Unix Copyrights

At the end of March, the jury for the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell issued a verdict determining the ownership of important Unix copyrights.

The jury's decision confirmed Novell's ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux. Novell stated that it remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.

Ron Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO, said "This decision is good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community. We have long contended that this effort against Linux has no foundation, and we are pleased that the jury, in a unanimous decision, agrees. I am proud of Novell's role in protecting the best interests of Linux and the open source community."

SCO is reported as currently weighing an appeal and it may also continue its related lawsuit against IBM for both Unix infringement and some contract conflicts.

There is a little more on the tail end of this saga. From http://www.groklaw.com:

"The SCO bankruptcy hearing on the sale of the Java patent will be on April 20. That's this proposed sale to Liberty Lane for $100,000, and that's an LLC affiliated with Allied Security Trust, the anti-patent-trolls company, if you've dropped a stitch and can't keep up as SCO's assets get sold off bit by bit. If anyone else has bid, other than Liberty Lane, then there would be an auction on the 19th, but SCO told the court they don't expect that to happen."

lightning boltHP ranked 10th in FORTUNE 500 List

HP has entered the coveted top 10 category of the Fortune 500 list.

IBM came in at 20th, Microsoft at 36th, Dell at 38th, and Apple 56th, just ahead of Cisco at 58th. Amazon.com was 100th with $24 B in revenue. Oracle was 105th at $23 B, but Sun was separately listed at 204th with 11 B in revenue. Combined with Sun's revenue, the new Oracle would be competing with Apple and Cisco for their rankings in the mid-50s of the list.

See the full list here: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2010/.

lightning boltMySQL Advisory Board Meetings set for May

Oracle has announced that the MySQL Customer Advisory Board meetings will take place on May 6, 2010 in Amsterdam and June 3, 2010 in Redwood Shores, Calif. The meetings will serve as a forum for MySQL customers to learn about new enhancements to the MySQL database, and provide feedback. The Storage Engine Advisory Board will focus on MySQL's storage engine API, and its future.

The announcement coincided with the recent MySQL User Conference which will remain separate from the annual Oracle OpenWorld, currently being held in San Francisco this September.

Also, Oracle Announced MySQL Cluster 7.1, which introduces MySQL Cluster Manager, a new solution that simplifies and automates the management of the MySQL Cluster database. More details are in the Products section of News Bytes, below.

lightning boltUbuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Server Reaches for the Clouds

Canonical has released Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition with extended security and maintenance updates to all users for five years. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS extends the cloud-computing capability of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud with Eucalyptus, an open source cloud management tool for private computing clouds.

More info in the Distro section of News Bytes, below.

lightning boltSynaptics' Advanced Gesture UI Moves To Linux Operating Systems

In April, Synaptics announced the extension of its industry-leading Synaptics Gesture Suite to the Linux operating system environment. This release extends the Synaptics Gesture Suite - which includes sophisticated multi-finger gestures - to OEMs that offer Linux-based solutions.

Synaptics has a strong leadership position in the Microsoft Windows-based TouchPad market and Synaptics Gesture Suite (SGS). Today's announcement extends the industry's broadest gesture suite across a wide range of leading Linux operating systems.

"The Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux enables our OEMs to leverage a broad range of gesture capabilities across Linux operating systems, and offers extensibility into new Linux flavors such as Google Chrome OS and additional support for touch-enabled remote control devices," said Ted Theocheung, head of Synaptics PC and digital home products ecosystem. "SGS ensures optimized interoperability of gestures, minimal gesture interpretation errors, and proven usability performance across the widest range of TouchPad sizes."

Supported Linux operating systems include Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, SLED 11 (SuSE), Ubuntu, and Xandros. SGS for Linux (SGS-L) supports a wide range of pointing enhancements and gestures including two-finger scrolling, PinchZoom, TwistRotate, PivotRotate, three-finger flick, three-finger press, Momentum, and ChiralScrolling. Bundled with Synaptics' enhanced driver interface, SGS-L is provided free of charge to Synaptics OEM/ODM partners when ordered with Synaptics TouchPad and ClickPad products.

Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux (SGS-L) helps manufacturers bring new interactivity and productivity to their notebook PC systems and other peripheral devices that use Synaptics TouchPads. To find out more about Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux, please visit: http://www.synaptics.com/go/SGSL.

lightning boltGnome and KDE will co-host 2011 Dev Conference

Following the successful Gran Canaria Desktop Summit in 2009, the GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. Boards have decided to co-locate their flagship conferences once again in 2011, and are taking bids to host the combined event. Desktop Summit 2011 plans to be the largest free desktop software event ever.

In July of 2009, the GNOME and KDE communities came together for the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, the first co-located KDE/GNOME event. It was a major success and an opportunity for the leaders of the free software desktop efforts to communicate on common issues and attend combined social events. The attendees from both projects expressed great interest in repeating the event and merging the programs to synchronize schedules and make the event an even greater opportunity for the KDE and GNOME teams to learn from each other and work together.

"The Gran Canaria Desktop Summit was a great first event," said Vincent Untz, GNOME Foundation Board Member. "We enjoyed working with our KDE friends at GCDS in 2009, and want to increase our cooperation in 2011. We plan to go beyond simple co-location this time, and actually plan a combined schedule in 2011 so that KDE and GNOME contributors have every opportunity to work with and learn from each other."

The GNOME and KDE projects will hold independent events in 2010. GUADEC, the GNOME Project's annual conference, will be held in The Hague, Netherlands on July 24 through July 30 of this year. KDE's Akademy will be located in Tampere, Finland from July 3 to 10 this year. Both groups will likely hold smaller sprints through 2010 and early 2011 to prepare for the combined 2011 Desktop Summit.

"The KDE e.V. board felt that GCDS was a fantastic event, and we learned what works well and what can be improved when co-hosting an event with our GNOME friends," said Cornelius Schumacher of the KDE e.V.

More than 850 contributors to the GNOME and KDE projects gathered in Gran Canaria last July. The event brought together attendees from 50 countries, and helped raise local awareness of free software and had a measurable impact on the local community. The impact of the event continues with nearly 2 million hits to the summit Web site following the event.

The projects are seeking a host in Europe at a location that can handle more than 1,000 participants. For detailed requirements, prospective hosts can see the requirements for Akademy (http://ev.kde.org/akademy/requirements.php) and GUADEC (http://live.gnome.org/GuadecPlanningHowTo/CheckList). Applications are welcome before May 15th, and should be sent to the KDE e.V. (kde-ev-board@kde.org) and the GNOME Foundation (board@gnome.org) boards.

Conferences and Events

IBM Impact 2010 Conference
May 2-7, Las Vegas, Nev.
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Citrix Synergy-SF
May 12-14, 2010. San Francisco, Ca
Apache Lucene EuroCon 2010
May 18-21, Prague, Czech Republic
Google IO Developer Conference - now closed
May 19 - 20, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Black Hat Abu Dhabi 2010
May 30 - Jun 2, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Internet Week New York
June 7-14, 2010, New York, New York
Southeast Linuxfest (SELF 2010)
June 12-13, Spartanburg, SC

The Southeast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips and ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software. The Southeast LinuxFest is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!

Register today (FREE to attend)! Book your hotel room now and save!

SELF 2010
Über Conf 2010
June 14-17, Denver, CO
Semantic Technology Conference
June 21-25, Hilton Union Sq., San Francisco, CA
O'Reilly Velocity Conference
June 22-24, 2010, Santa Clara, CA
USENIX Conference on Web Application Development (WebApps '10)
June 23-24, Boston, MA

Join us for the USENIX Conference on Web Application Development (WebApps '10) which will take place June 23-24, 2010, in Boston, MA, as part of the USENIX Federated Conferences Week.

WebApps '10 is a new technical conference filled with the latest research in all aspects of developing and deploying Web applications. The diverse 2-day conference program will include invited talks by industry leaders including Adam de Boor, Google, on "Gmail: Past, Present, and Future," a variety of topics and new techniques in the paper presentations, WiPs, and a poster session. Since WebApps '10 is part of USENIX Federated Conferences Week, you'll also have increased opportunities for interaction and synergy across multiple disciplines.

Register by June 1 and save up to $400! Additional discounts are available.

WebApps '10
2010 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC '10)
June 23-25, Boston, MA

Join us for the 2010 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC '10) which will take place June 23-25, 2010, in Boston, MA, as part of the USENIX Federated Conferences Week.

Don't miss the 3-day conference program filled with the latest innovative work in systems research, including invited talks by Ivan Sutherland on "Some Thoughts About Concurrency," Ben Fry on "Visualizing Data," and Matt Welsh on "RoboBees." Find out about the latest in groundbreaking systems research in the paper presentations, WiPs, and a poster session. Since USENIX ATC '10 is part of USENIX Federated Conferences Week, you'll also have increased opportunities to network with peers across multiple disciplines.

Register by June 1 and save up to $400! Additional discounts are available.

ATC '10
CiscoLive! 2010
June 27-July 1, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
July 24-30, 2010, The Hague, Netherlands
Black Hat USA
July 24-27, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.
LinuxCon 2010
August 10-12, 2010, Renaissance Waterfront, Boston, MA
USENIX Security '10
August 11-13, Washington, DC
LinuxCon Japan 2010
September 27-29, Roppongi Academy, Tokyo, Japan

Distro News

lightning boltUbuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Server Reaches for the Clouds

Canonical has released Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition with extended security and maintenance updates free of charge to all users for five years (versus 18 months for a standard release). The third and latest LTS version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS delivers on the standing commitment to release a version of Ubuntu every two years and builds on the success of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. It has been available for free download since April 29th.

Ubuntu 10.04 extends the cloud-computing capability of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud with Eucalyptus - a technology that is becoming widely used as a basis for building private clouds. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS also includes 20 major packages added or updated since the previous LTS release, giving new and upgrading users a wide range of applications that can be easily installed at launch.

Over 75 organizations have signaled their intent to certify applications on the platform including Alfresco, Ingres, IBM, VMware, Zimbra, Yahoo and many others with more expected to follow post-launch. Dell has announced its intention to support Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition and will offer Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud as an option on their PowerEdge-C product line - servers specifically designed for building cloud environments. Intel has also been assessing Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud and jointly published a white-paper with Canonical on how to best deploy the technology on Intel's latest Xeon processors.

New features in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition:

* Direct upgrade path for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Ubuntu 9.10 users;

* Stability and security enhancements for LTS including:
-- Five years of security and maintenance updates free to all users;
-- AppArmor security by default on key packages;
-- Kernel hardening (memory protection, module loading blocking, address space layout randomization);
-- Encrypted Home and Private directories;

* Virtualization enhancements including:
-- KVM now support KSM memory aggregation and live migration of virtual machines;
-- Automated and fast image creations with VMBuilder;
-- Ubuntu as a Virtual Machine (VM) now supported for VMWare, Xen, KVM, Virtualbox, EC2 and UEC;

* Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon EC2 enhancements including:
-- EC2 and UEC images are included in five years of free security and support updates;
-- Minimal installation profile for minimum footprint VMs optimized for EC2;
-- Ubuntu EC2 images can be booted from EBS ;
-- Easily customized images at boot time for super flexibility using cloud-init;
-- Puppet configuration management framework can be used to mass control instances from their start.

* Advanced storage capabilities, including Raid and iSCSI and multipath support;

* Simpler to mass deploy and manage:
-- Puppet integration from the installer and in the cloud.
-- Version control changes (integrated with Puppet) provides history and accountability.
-- Many new and improved installation profiles.

Linux Gazette spoke with Nick Barcet, Ubuntu Server Product Manager, and Gerry Carr, Platform Marketing Manager, just before 10.4 was released.

Carr said that this was the third release of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and first on an LTS release. "This is a significant upgrade," Carr told LG. "This is well-positioned to take us toward more mission-critical deployments in the data center."

"This release will also show a significant shift in ISP support," Carr said, "We expect about 75 ISVs will declare support for 10.04 Server when released and more will follow. ...This is more than doubling the number of ISVs supporting Ubuntu."

Barcet explained that many IT depts are experimenting with Cloud architectures and seem to considering UEC in hybrid public and private architectures. There are now about 200 UEC deployments a day and these are approaching 11,000 total deployments, he said.

Ubuntu 10.10 is scheduled for release in October and Ubuntu 11 is scheduled for the Spring of 2011. The next LTS release will be in 2012.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition, including Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, is widely available for free download from http://www.ubuntu.com Users can upgrade directly to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from the previous Ubuntu 8.04 LTS version as well as the Ubuntu 9.10 release.

lightning boltUbuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop has a new look and social network ties

The new desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will feature extensive design work, a nimbler UI, faster boot speed, social network integration, online services and the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop also includes three years of support through free security and maintenance updates.

"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS challenges the perceptions of the Linux desktop, bringing a whole new category of users to the world of Ubuntu," said Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical. "Changes like the new look and feel and the addition of a music store, layered on top of our relentless focus on delivering an intuitive and attractive user experience for new and existing Ubuntu users -- these are the bridging elements to the mainstream market that our community, our partners and our users really want. Long-term support makes Ubuntu 10.04 LTS very attractive to corporate IT as well."

New in 10.04 LTS:

* Boot speed: Noticeably quicker on almost any machine.
* Social from the start: The new 'Me Menu' in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Identi.ca. The Me Menu also integrates chat channels.
* Ubuntu One: Enhanced desktop integration for the online service means files and folders and bookmarks can be shared and saved on the cloud more easily.
* Ubuntu One Music Store: Music from the world's largest labels and greatest bands available direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player. Purchase tracks, store in Ubuntu One and share DRM-free music from one location across multiple computers and devices.
* Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0: An easy way to find new software, and keep track of it once it's installed.
* Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition (UNE): As well as benefiting from the improvements in the Desktop Edition, netbook users will see even faster boot speeds on SSD-based devices, and faster suspend/resume that will extend battery life.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition and Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition are entirely free of charge and are available for download from http://www.ubuntu.com.

lightning boltFedora 13 "Goddard" Beta aims to be a rocket

The Beta release of Fedora 13 (codename "Goddard") blasted off mid-April, named for scientist and liquid-fuel rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates for the general release of Fedora 13, scheduled to be released in the middle of May.

The available Live images make it easy to try out Fedora - if you write one to a USB key, you can add personal data and your favorite applications as you go.

Here are some of the changes that are propelling the Fedora 13 Beta:

* The goal in Goddard is to automate some of the hardware and software tasks that help users get their work done. When the user plugs in a USB or parallel port printer, inserts a specialized CD such as collections of music files as opposed to a standard audio CD, or downloads or opens an archive file, using powerful back end desktop technologies, PackageKit is designed to detect the user's action and offer to install software helpers.

* The Fedora 13 Beta allows developers to install and try a parallel-installable Python 3 stack for the first time. This feature allows developers to write and test code using either the current Python 2.6 or the next-generation Python 3 language.

* There are new functions in Fedora 13 Beta for the GNU debugger, gdb, that allow it to deliver unified information for C/C++ libraries and Python in the same running process. Programmers who are writing Python code that wraps or calls C/C++ functions to enhance performance and rapid development can now more quickly and efficiently detect and debug problems in their code using this work.

* System administrators can also try out some of the advanced file system improvements in Fedora 13 Beta. New features in the btrfs file system allow for rollbacks of entire file system states, making application testing and system recovery more powerful than ever.

* During its development cycle, Fedora 13 also featured for the first time an installable version of Zarafa, a drop-in groupware replacement for Exchange with full featured email, calendaring, and other collaboration tools for use by both Linux and Microsoft clients. A usable and familiar Web interface for users, and support for POP/IMAP and other protocols, is included along with tools for integration with existing Linux services.

To try Fedora 13 Beta in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, visit http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease.

lightning boltMepis antiX 8.5 Released

April saw the release of antiX MEPIS 8.5, a lightweight MEPIS variant designed for older computers. Nine months after the release of antiX M8.2, antiX MEPIS 8.5 - a fast, light, flexible and complete desktop and live CD based on SimplyMEPIS and Debian 'testing' - is now available in full and base versions.

This release defaults to a fully customised IceWM desktop (Fluxbox, wmii and dwm are also installed) using a SimplyMEPIS 2.6.32 kernel, tweaked MEPIS Assistants for better compatibility in antiX and a range of applications for desktop use, including Iceape for Internet needs, AbiWord and Gnumeric for office use, XMMS and Google's music manager for audio, gxine, MPlayer and GNOME MPlayer for video.

This antiX release works on computers with as little as 64 MB RAM, though 128MB RAM is the recommended minimum, and the 486 kernel version should work on AMD K5/K6.

Download antiX 8.5 here: http://ftp.cc.uoc.gr/mirrors/linux/mepis/released/antix/.

Software and Product News

lightning boltXen.org Releases Xen 4.0 Hypervisor for the Cloud

Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, has released Xen 4.0, a collective effort of a global development team representing more than 50 leading technology vendors, universities, and virtualization experts. Leveraging the latest network cards optimized for virtualization, Xen 4.0 provides users substantial performance and scalability gains for any level of enterprise or cloud application workload.

Xen 4.0 adds significant memory and security optimizations that will drive virtualization and infrastructure performance. As a result, virtualization is made suitable for all workloads, even network intensive and high performance computing applications that would have previously experienced compromised performance on any hypervisor. Xen 4.0 enables virtualization to be deployed ubiquitously, across every server in a datacenter, bringing ease of management, secure architecture, high availability, agility and efficiency to all applications.

Key Highlights in Xen 4.0:
- Fault Tolerance - Xen 4.0 now supports live transactional synchronization of VM states between physical servers as a basic component, enabling administrators to guarantee a high degree of service reliability.
- High Availability - Xen 4.0 leverages advanced reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features in new Intel Xeon (Nehalem-EX) and AMD Opteron processors.
- Netchannel2 - Xen 4.0's NetChannel2 takes advantage of significant advancements in networking hardware such as SMART NICs with multi-queue and SR-IOV functionality.
- Blktap2 - A new virtual hard disk (VHD) implementation in Xen 4.0 delivers high performance VM snapshots and cloning features as well as the ability to do live virtual disk snapshots without stopping a VM process.
- PVOps Domain 0 - Xen 4.0 is the first release from Xen.org to formally support PVOps in the Domain0 (Dom0) Linux kernel; this new kernel option allows administrators access to the most recent devices supported by the Linux kernel.
- Memory Enhancements - New algorithms, such as Transcendent Memory and Page Sharing have been introduced in Xen 4.0 to enhance the performance and capabilities of hypervisor memory operations.

A full list of features can be found on the Xen Community web site: http://xen.org.

lightning boltGNOME Project Updates Free Desktop with 2.30 Release

On March 31st, the GNOME Project celebrated the release of GNOME 2.30, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform free desktop environment and developer platform. Released on schedule, GNOME 2.30 builds on top of a long series of successful six month releases, including enhancements for user management, Web browsing, support for Facebook chat, and new productivity features.

GNOME 2.30 also marks the last major release in the GNOME 2.x era. There will be maintenance releases for 2.30, but the community now focuses its efforts on GNOME 3.0.

The 2.30 release contains significant user-visible improvements, adding numerous platform improvements for developers, and builds towards the upcoming GNOME 3.0 release with a preview of the revolutionary GNOME Shell. GNOME Shell, which will replace the existing GNOME Panel, changes the way users will interact with the desktop.

Also, this release includes a number of improvements in GNOME's Orca Screen Reader that improve performance and use on netbooks, and platform improvements to ready GNOME's Accessibility interface for GNOME 3.0. The 2.30 release also delivers comprehensive support for more than 50 languages, and partial support for many others.

"I'm really pleased with all of the updates in GNOME 2.30," said Stormy Peters, GNOME Executive Director. "I'm excited that I can automatically sync my Tomboy notes between my desktop and laptop computer, easily configure Facebook chat in Empathy instant messenger, and do more with PDFs in Evince. GNOME 2.30 provides everything I need for work and play."

GNOME 2.30 includes updates to Nautilus, the GNOME File Manager, including a new split view mode and is now set to browser mode by default, replacing spatial mode.

GNOME System Tools now works with PolicyKit for authentication, removing the Unlock button for managing users and services. The dialogue to create a user has been improved and only requires you to provide a the new user's name and will include user name suggestions. Upon account creation everything will "just work". This also includes support for encrypted home directories.

Vinagre, a remote desktop client for the GNOME Desktop, can now access to a remote machine more securely through an SSH tunnel. This needs an SSH account on the remote client.

Connecting to clients using a low bandwidth connection is eased by allowing you to choose a lower depth of colour to save bandwidth and by enabling JPEG compression. These options are available in the connection dialogue in Vinagre.

You'll find detailed information about GNOME 2.30 in the release notes: http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.30/.

lightning boltOracle Announces MySQL Cluster 7.1

Demonstrating its investment in MySQL development, Oracle announced the latest release of MySQL Cluster at the MySQL User Conference in April.

MySQL Cluster 7.1 introduces MySQL Cluster Manager to automate the management of the MySQL Cluster database. In addition, the new MySQL Cluster Connector for Java enables higher throughput and lower latency for Java-based services.

MySQL Cluster is a leading "real-time" relational database with no single point of failure. By providing very high availability and predictable millisecond response times, MySQL Cluster allows telecom and embedded users to meet demanding real-time application requirements.

With support for in-memory and disk-based data, automatic data partitioning with load balancing, and the ability to add nodes to a running cluster with zero downtime, MySQL Cluster 7.1 delivers enhanced database scalability to handle unpredictable workloads.

MySQL Cluster 7.1 includes the following key features:

* MySQL Cluster Manager - allows users to manage a cluster of many nodes.
* NDBINFO - presents real-time status and usage statistics from the MySQL Cluster Data Nodes as SQL tables and views, providing developers and administrators a simple and consistent means of proactively monitoring and optimizing database performance and availability.
* MySQL Cluster Connector for Java - allows developers to write Java applications that can use JDBC or JPA to communicate directly with MySQL Cluster.

MySQL Cluster 7.1 can be downloaded today at http://dev.mysql.com/.

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Deividson Luiz Okopnik


Deividson was born in União da Vitória, PR, Brazil, on 14/04/1984. He became interested in computing when he was still a kid, and started to code when he was 12 years old. He is a graduate in Information Systems and is finishing his specialization in Networks and Web Development. He codes in several languages, including C/C++/C#, PHP, Visual Basic, Object Pascal and others.

Deividson works in Porto União's Town Hall as a Computer Technician, and specializes in Web and Desktop system development, and Database/Network Maintenance.

Howard Dyckoff

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Howard Dyckoff is a long term IT professional with primary experience at Fortune 100 and 200 firms. Before his IT career, he worked for Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine and before that used to edit SkyCom, a newsletter for astronomers and rocketeers. He hails from the Republic of Brooklyn [and Polytechnic Institute] and now, after several trips to Himalayan mountain tops, resides in the SF Bay Area with a large book collection and several pet rocks.

Howard maintains the Technology-Events blog at blogspot.com from which he contributes the Events listing for Linux Gazette. Visit the blog to preview some of the next month's NewsBytes Events.

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Published in Issue 174 of Linux Gazette, May 2010