Falc0n writes: Many of us don't have to look too far back to recall the impact of a natural disaster: Sandy, Chelyabinsk, Lushan, and now Oklahoma. When they occur there is typically no shortage of assistance available, but coordination is always a major challenge. In a very open source way, about 60 open source developers, designers, and sys admins came together to build a scalable tool to help those affected by the tornado. If you're interested in helping the effort, join us in irc.freenode.net #drupal4ok
Falc0n writes: "Not to be outdone by various other weather balloon projects, this week at drupalcon, a group of crazy drupalists decided to become engineers and take on a project to launch drupal into space. Its currently using APRS on the ham radio frequency to track its progress. You can track its progress live. More information can be found at drupalinspace.com."
Falc0n writes: "WhiteHouse.gov has gone Drupal. After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor of the latest version of the open-source Drupal software. Dries Buytaert reflected on this, adding: "this is a clear sign that governments realize that Open Source does not pose additional risks compared to proprietary software, and furthermore, that by moving away from proprietary software, they are not being locked into a particular technology, and that they can benefit from the innovation that is the result of thousands of developers collaborating on Drupal.""
Falc0n writes: "A school district in Providence, RI is planning to team up with a local tech company to track grade school students via RFID badges put on their backpacks. While the pilot program is only planned to be used for transit tracking purposes, the tags are not being removed when the students leave the bus. Not surprisingly, ACLU and parents are complaining, although the school district says there will be a chance to opt-out."
Falc0n writes: "Linuxfest 2007 is back for its 8th year and packed with presentations and exhibits. New this year is a two day event, with TWO free parties with lots of beer and food. For more information, check out the official website.
If you live in the northwest, and love Linux and Open Source, you don't want to miss this event!"