[luv-geelong] Linux and FOSS news wrap April 2012

Kathy Reid kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Thu Apr 26 23:23:50 EST 2012


Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a fantastic Easter and that this note finds you and 
your loved ones well.

Just a quick wrap up of FOSS, linux and open source news globally and in 
the region :-)

Kind regards,
Kathy

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1. Form, shape and direction of Geelong Linux User Group
There's been very little discussion of what form this group would like 
to take.
Would we like talks? Discussions? A social catchup somewhere?
Debate on Archlinux vs Ubuntu? Gnome vs Unity?
Are we happy keeping the group to an email list?

Don't forget to tell your colleagues and mates about this list :-)
http://lists.luv.asn.au/listinfo/luv-geelong

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2. BarCampMelbourne 28th-29th July, Urban Camp at Royal Park, Melbourne
http://barcampmel.org | @barcampmel
**DISCLAIMER: I'm a previous  BarCamp organiser**

For the first time in three years BarCamp comes back to Melbourne (after 
the fabulous BarCampGeelong in 2011). Can you believe that tickets are 
only $10, which includes dorm style accommodation and meals?! The 
AWESOME is free!

Tix are selling very very fast, so you'll need to get in quick.

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3. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (long term support released)
http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/whats-new
Canonical's latest release of the desktop-based Ubuntu distribution 
features a raft of improvements, including a new heads-up display.

If you work in a Uni or research institute the AARNet mirror may be your 
best place to get the new release;
http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/ubuntu/

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4.  ICT Geelong news
The latest news from the region's peak ICT body can be found at;
http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/userfiles/file/ICT%20Geelong-%20April%202012%20Newsletter.pdf
In this issue - roll out plans for the NBN in the Geelong region, 
upcoming ICT events and success stories of ICT businesses in the area.

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5. OLPC study shows positive impacts on some skill sets
http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/publication-details,3169.html?pub_id=IDB-WP-304

"This paper presents the impact of the first large-scale randomized 
evaluation of the OLPC program, using data collected after 15 months of 
implementation in 319 primary schools in rural Peru. The results 
indicate that the program increased the ratio of computers per student 
from 0.12 to 1.18 in treatment schools. This expansion in access 
translated into substantial increases in use both at school and at home. 
No evidence is found of effects on enrollment and test scores in Math 
and Language. Some positive effects are found, however, in general 
cognitive skills as measured by Raven’s Progressive Matrices, a verbal 
fluency test and a Coding test"

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6. Linux Australia seeks community feedback on changing name

Linux Australia, the parent organisation of activities such as 
linux.conf.au, and which has grown the number and breadth of activities 
in which it is involved is seeking community feedback on a possible name 
change.

Have your say here: 
http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/2012-April/thread.html

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7. Linux Users' Victoria

Check here for upcoming events (mostly Melbourne based);
http://luv.asn.au

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8. Geelong Web Tech and Social Media Meetup
is on next on Wednesday 2nd May
More info at: 
http://www.meetup.com/The-Geelong-Web-Tech-and-Social-Media-MeetUp/

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9. And in other open source news;

Open-source hardware movement seeks legitimacy
A nonprofit organization, Open Source Hardware Association, is being 
formed to promote open-source hardware
AGAM SHAH, Computerworld
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/421816/open-source_hardware_movement_seeks_legitimacy/

What’s New in Firefox 12 and Chrome 18
CRAIG BUCKLER Sitepoint
http://www.sitepoint.com/firefox-12-chrome-18-whats-new/

Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year
Red Hat
http://www.redhat.com/summit/awards/rhcp/


How journalists can create Guardian-style data visualisations
Guardian launches Miso project, releasing open source code for data 
visualisations
SARAH MARSHALL Journalism.co.uk
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news-features/how-journalists-can-create-guardian-style-data-visualisations/s5/a548892/

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Your feedback and suggestions on this list are always warmly welcomed,

Kind regards,
Kathy





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