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The Wide World of Canonical

You can work for Canonical in England, one country, and affect what happens in 239 other countries, if there were actually 239 more countries.

Last week, I wrote an item that mentioned that the original Ars Technica article on 10 years of Ubuntu, since rightfully edited to delete the number of countries under the sphere of Ubuntu’s influence, briefly reflected the following irksome claim:

“Today, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, estimates that there are 25 million Ubuntu users worldwide. Those users span 240 countries…”

Numbers: They may not be Canonical’s strongest suit.

I don’t blame Ars Technica for [...]

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Ohio LinuxFest 2014 – A Look At Tomorrow

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I went to the Ohio Linux Fest this year to give the closing keynote address to somewhere around 300 folks. And trust me…this will show up later so you’ll know what I mean…the last two minutes of my keynote were the best part. Wait for it…soon.

But that wasn’t the sum of what I brought home. What I came home with was something a bit more substantial…. I came home with great expectations and hope [...]

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Drupal Hack & WordPress Users

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It’s not a good day for Drupal users, with the security folks at the CMS platform telling all users to consider themselves compromised if they didn’t install a security patch within seven hours of its release on October 15th.

Fixing the infected sites will require a bit of work. Sites will need to be taken offline, and the current install of Drupal blown-up and replaced with a backup from before October 15th. Any changes made [...]

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‘Hello World’s’ Indiegogo Campaign a Big Success

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It’s all over for Hello World’s fundraising campaign on Indiegogo — and what a success it was.

You may remember that the project, which makes short educational videos on Linux and other tech subjects, began a crowdsourcing campaign on September 10th, hoping to raise $2,048 needed to purchase new equipment. On October 9th we reported that the project had exceeded its goal, with a total at that time of $3,145. The campaign ended nine days [...]

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Tux Machines DDOS Attack Mostly Contained

For nearly a month now, we at FOSS Force have had no trouble reaching the popular FOSS sites Tux Machines and TechRights. Both sites are published by Roy Schestowitz and both sites, especially the former, had been offline during much of September due to a prolonged DDOS attack.

On October 4th, when we last reported on this, accessibility to both sites was greatly improved but still somewhat spotty. During most of this month, however, we’ve [...]

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all-day Festival de Software Libre @ Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta
Festival de Software Libre @ Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta
Oct 30 – Nov 2 all-day
This is Mexico’s biggest non-profit open source event, ongoing for more than 12 years.
all-day Open World Forum @ Eurosite Georges V
Open World Forum @ Eurosite Georges V
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day
Free event. Registration required. The Open World Forum is the first European summit to gather political representatives, decision-makers and experts, in one place, in order to debate the technological, economic and social impacts that the[...]
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all-day Meet BSD California 2014 @ Western Digital
Meet BSD California 2014 @ Western Digital
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all-day
A biennial tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area, MeetBSD 2014 uses a mixed unConference format featuring both scheduled talks and community-driven events such as birds-of-a-feather meetings, lightning talks, and speed geeking sessions. MeetBSD can[...]
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all-day Open Source Developers’ Conferen... @ Griffith University Gold Coast campus
Open Source Developers’ Conferen... @ Griffith University Gold Coast campus
Nov 4 – Nov 7 all-day
While OSDC will be host to a wide range of presentation topics, from running an open source business or community, to more technical presentations, the overall conference theme for 2014 is Open – Open Source[...]
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all-day Technology User Group – London @ St James' Court
Technology User Group – London @ St James' Court
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Join us at our Technology User Group event to: develop the understanding your role requires hear from those already realising the benefits (and downfalls) of the software you’re looking into exchange ideas with your peers,[...]
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all-day ApacheCon Europe @ Corinthia Hotel
ApacheCon Europe @ Corinthia Hotel
Nov 17 – Nov 21 all-day
ApacheCon brings together the open source community to learn about and collaborate on the technologies and projects driving the future of open source, big data and cloud computing. Apache projects have and continue to be[...]

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