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Local News: Two year-end stories on SCO, Linux, Utah etc.
LinuxThe Salt Lake Tribune has had two stories over the past week on SCO. The first one covers how shares in the company plunged after a dissapointing (yet not unexpected to thoes outside SCO it would seem) fourth quarter financial results. The second story again, seems to be expected to thoes only outside the company - SCO made the SL Trib's list of best and the worst Utah business stories for the year 2004. Guess which column they are in....

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H3Knix 1.5 released
LinuxA new distro with great ideals has been released at version 1.5.
H3Knix is a small desktop Linux distribution.
It provides a custom package management system based on "capsules", which allows the user to select the functionality they require (e.g., "Dialup Internet access"), and it will automatically retrieve all required applications, including relevant dependencies. Capsules can be used for installing binaries, building sources, or even system configuration. There are mulitple built in tools to help make life easier, like h3net. H3Knet will allow you to toglle your network type, h3knet -dhcp, will set your computer to use dhcp at boot. For more information visit http://h3k.jsuthosting.com/h3knix.html

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Local Events: Ten years of the Salt Lake Linux Users Group! Social!!!
Salt Lake Linux Users GroupIn celebration of ten (formal) years of the Salt Lake Linux Users Group
(SLLUG) being around we intend to meet and just mingle this Saturday,
31 July, 2004 at Sugar House Park. (Read on for more details)


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Local Events: Larry Lessig in Logan
OpenSourceDavid Wiley from USU here. I'm writing to let you know about a three
day conference we're having September 1-3. Larry Lessig (Director of
Creative Commons) will be our opening keynote speaker at 8am on
Wednesday the 1st, and I thought you would want to know. (Read on for more details):

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SLLUG Events: LIF04_r1 pictures now online
Salt Lake Linux Users GroupWe have added a few pictures from Linux Install Fest 04 r1 (LIF04_r1) to the gallery. It was a pretty busy Saturday with people attending all the sessions. Not as busy as install fests held before school starts in the fall but it was well attendted. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for the event! LIF04_r1 pictures are here. If other's have pictures to add to the album, send an email to comments A-T sllug.org


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Now accepting Participant and Volunteer registrations for LIF4 event May 15th
EducationSign up now to participate as a volunteer or come and try a new installation!

http://www.xmission.com/lif4

XMission is proud to present LIF04_r1 (Linux Install Festival '04_r1) on Saturday, May 15th. XMission and co-sponsors will be performing up to 400 installations of Debian, Knoppix, Fedora, Mandrake, SuSE and BSD. The event will take place at the just off the freeway at the Vérité offices in Sandy.

(read on below for more details...)

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Real World Linux 2004: open source works in government
NewsYesterday ITBusiness.ca ran a story about the small but successful open source Online Proposal Appraisal (OPA) project at Real World Linux 2004 in Toronto. OPA was developed through the Government of Canada and federally funded partners as a grants management tool.


For a list of other open source projects with government support go to the GOSLING links page.

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LIF04_r1 - XMission Linux Install Fest May 15th, '04
EducationLIF04_r1 - XMission Linux Install Fest 04_r1


XMission is proud to present LIF04_r1 (Linux Install Fest '04_r1) on Saturday, May 15th. XMission and co-sponsors will be performing up to 300 installations of Debian, Knoppix, Mandrake, and BSD. The event will take place at the just off the freeway Verite Multimedia offices in Sandy. There will be 3 unique sessions to choose from. The times are 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm, and finally 4pm to 7pm.

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SLLUG Events: Special Combined LUG Meeting: Novell brings Miguel de Icaza
Salt Lake Linux Users GroupNovell is sponsoring a special meeting this month, joining all the local lugs together for this special presentation. Miguel de Icaza will be presenting to us, as a part of the Brainshare conference. This is a special event, and RSVPs will be required to attend. Seating is limited, so sign up soon, and make sure you are there. Please bring any business leaders, or people interested in Linux, this will be a great chance to help them learn about Linux and OpenSource. Read on to learn how to rsvp...

Note: UPDATE: Pictures of the event are now available online in the gallery
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Local News: Novell completes SuSE aquisition
LinuxFrom the press release: "Novell today completed its acquisition of SUSE LINUX, a combination that brings global technical support, consulting and training services and industry-leading networking and security to Linux, and provides a compelling alternative for companies wishing to leverage the many benefits of open source. Novell now offers a full range of enterprise solutions on the Linux platform, from the server to the desktop. The closing of the $210 million cash deal also opens the door for completion of the $50 million investment of IBM in Novell announced Nov. 4."

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Novell to Aquire Suse
SuseNovell announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire SUSE LINUX, one of the world’s leading enterprise Linux companies, expanding Novell’s ability to provide enterprise-class services and support on the Linux platform...

Details here: http://www.novell.com/news/press/archive/2003/11/pr03069.html

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Employment: New SLLUG mailing list: sllug-jobs-announce
JobsLately there have been a few job announcements posted to the sllug-members list. Its great that there are jobs available for highly technical people like those in SLLUG.

SLLUG represents an incredible resource for the community. At the same time we all have been or know of people who have been adversely affected by the economy over the last few years. There's also a chance that some who are currently employed are looking to do some additional consulting or for another place of employment...In order to fill a need and provide a service to the community, we've just created a new list: sllug-jobs-announce ....Read on for more info...

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EFF organizing petition drive against SCO's recent behavior
LinuxHey guys!

Jason L. here from the OALUG. Just wanted to drop a quick note with our southern counterpart to pass on some information that many of us feel strongly about. The EFF has organzied a petition drive to encourage Congress to take action against SCO's recent threat to force all Linux users to pay $700-1400 in licensing fees or face legal action, when they haven't even proven their claim yet.

If you find this threatening and just plain wrong, please go to http://action.eff.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=2775
and fill out the form and send in your letter. I recommend using the FAX option, as the offices seem to take that more seriously than email.

Thanks guys, and cya around!



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Local Events: LIF3 - XMission Linux Install Fest 03
NewsXMission is proud to present LIF3 (Linux Install Fest '03) on Saturday, September 27th. XMission will be performing installations of Debian, Knoppix, RedHat, and Mandrake. The event will take place in the cafe located next to XMission at 49 East 400 South. There will be 3 unique sessions to choose from. The times are 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm, and finally 4pm to 7pm.

Besides standard installations XMission plans to place an emphasis on Linux gaming and firewall services.

Information and an on-line registration form available here: http://www.xmission.com/lif3

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Local News: SCO's McBride a bit paranoid?
LinuxIt seems that in this Infoworld article, SCO CEO, Darl McBride is claiming that IBM is astroturfing the SCO backlash, saying that IBM is the "man behind the curtain" in the OpenSource community's anti-SCO campain and negative feelings - coordinating responses and attacts through Novell, RedHat and OpenSource leaders while sitting back and looking quiet. Oh Puh-leeeez! The OpenSource community outside of IBM is quite capable of reacting on their own.

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Linux HTPC How-To
LinuxI have finished the Linux HTPC How-To. Although there is still more information that can be put into it, there is no reason to withhold the current information. Enjoy.

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Local News: IBM files counter-claim against SCO
LinuxFrom the Reuters press story (on finance.yahoo.com): "International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM - News) said on Thursday it filed a counter-claim against SCO Group Inc. (NasdaqSC:SCOX - News), which sued IBM in March over intellectual property rights." No details at this time on the nature of the counter-claim.

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BSD: GUBUG
BSDI am proud to announce that The Greater Utah BSD User's Group mailing list is now open for public subscription. If you are interested, please point your surfboard at the following URL for instructions.

http://gubug.daemonnews.org/

The name change (from SLLUG-BUG to GUBUG), while abrupt, is simply the manifestation of the future that the leaders had intended for the group, and wasn't intended to be made public until the group was stable. The leaders very much appreciate the efforts by SLLUG to help us to get started. However, due to recent developments, it has been determined that the time has come to start inviting members. We believe that through collaboration between the local BSD and GNU camps, a highly constructive, well-rounded team of open source enthusiasts will result!

Yes, it is our intention to form a state-wide group, although I'm only sending the message to SLLUG members at the time being. I'm not a member of any other local user groups, so I would definitely appreciate the efforts of anyone who would care to share this announcement with the other local groups.

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Local News: SCO Announces IP License for Linux
LinuxSCO has a press release which describes a licensing plan for Linux which they beleive contains their intelectual property.

From the press release: "The run-time license permits the use of SCO's intellectual property, in binary form only, as contained in Linux distributions. By purchasing a SCO Intellectual Property License, customers avoid infringement of SCO's intellectual property rights in Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.5 kernels. Because the SCO license authorizes run-time use only, customers also comply with the General Public License, under which Linux is distributed."

Now that's strange twist on the GPL...

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Local News: Novell buys Ximian
OpenSourceVery big local news. Novell announced today, Aug. 4, 2003 that it has purchased Ximian. From the press release: "Novell gains, and will carry forward, two key Linux market initiatives through Ximian that reinforce Novell’s commitment to the open source community: GNOME, a project to provide a full-featured Linux desktop, and Mono™, designed to allow applications developed using Microsoft .NET to run on Linux, UNIX*, Windows* and other platforms." The press release is also available on Ximian's site.


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