writes "FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. This year we celebrate it's tenth birthday in Brussels. Interesting talks this year will be about writing and submitting your first Linux kernel Patch by Greg Kroah-Hartman, Promoting Open Source Methods at a Large Company by Brooks Davis and Evil on the Internet by Richard Clayton. Also the event will host several devrooms on topic varying from Alt-os to X.org. No registration necessary, so feel free to drop by."Link to Original Source
writes "Ballmer got a surprising welcome when speaking at the Corvinus-university at Budapest. Nagy Gyorgy, an Hungarian student started to rant about "Microsoft stealing from the Hungarian people" and ordering them to give that money back, 'right now'. To underline that statement he threw eggs at the CEO of the worlds biggest software company. He missed the first egg and by the time his second en third egg were thrown Ballmer was safely tucked away behind the desk. When the throwing was over the activist left the room, shouting more slogans.
Steve replied jokingly with : "It was a friendly disruption". Of course youtube has multiple clips. This is reminiscent of the pie Bill Gates got ten years ago."
writes "Ecocho, my favourite charitable search engine has had it's privilege revoked to use dont-be-evil search giant ad system. Specifically, Google says they do not permit sites that offer "non-monetary incentives to users to perform searches on (sic: or) click on ads"."
writes "Microsoft itself is the surprise winner of
the FFII's "Kayak Prize 2007", offered by the FFII in its OOXML call
for rejection of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) standards proposal.
The software monopolist is honored as "Best Campaigner against OOXML
FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains, "we could never have done
this by ourselves. By pushing so hard to get OOXML endorsed, even to the
point of loading the standards boards in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland,
Portugal, Italy, and beyond, Microsoft showed to the world how poor
their format is. Good standards just don't need that kind of pressure.
All together, countries made over ten thousands technical comments, a
new world record for an ISO vote. Microsoft made a heroic — and costly — effort to discredit their own proposal, and we're sincerely grateful to
them.""Link to Original Source