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Announcements

Submission + - NYCBSDCon 2008 Announced with CFP (nycbsdcon.org)

GMan00 writes: "We are proud to announce further details on NYCBSDCon 2008, to be held at Columbia University on October 11-12 in New York City. NYCBSDCon.org been updated with the Call for Papers and information for interested sponsors.

NYCBSDCon 2008 Call For Presentations

Continuing on the success of 2005 and 2006, New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) is the main technical conference on the US East Coast for the BSD community to get together to share and gain knowledge, to network with like-minded people, and to have fun. This event is organized by members of the New York City *BSD Users Group (NYC*BUG).

The NYCBSDCon program committee is accepting submissions for imaginative, embryonic and energizing presentations surrounding the BSD operating systems. We are looking to attract a wide range of speakers and attendees; therefore, topics of interest range from the esoteric to development to practical, everyday sysadmin life. Of course, original topics are preferred in most cases.

Each talk is expected to be 45-50 minutes, including a few minutes for questions and answers if the speaker wishes — potentially recorded. Presenters will have audio/visual and network connectivity.

Abstracts for presentations are due July 15, 2008.

Authors of accepted submissions should be able to provide the full presentation for publication on NYCBSDCon sponsored mediums. Further instructions will follow notification of acceptance. Submissions accompanied by a non-disclosure agreement or a product advertisement will be rejected.

Abstract submissions should be emailed to cfp at nycbsdcon dot org in text, ps or pdf format.

Conference Location: Columbia University, New York, NY
Conference Dates: October 11-12, 2008

Important Milestones:

Mar 01 CFP Released

Jul 15 CFP Deadline

Aug 01 Notification of Accepted and Rejected Presentations

Do not let travel and accommodation concerns get in the way of your submissions; we may have some opportunities to subsidize speakers, but it is too early to guarantee anything at this point.

For questions, concerns or comments, please contact us here: info at nycbsdcon dot org."

Announcements

Submission + - Results of NetBSD's 2007 Fundraising Campaign (netbsd.org)

jschauma writes: The NetBSD Project ran a fund raising campaign in the last quarter of 2007 with the goal of raising $50,000US by the end of the year. With the generous support of many companies and individual users, this goal was met. Read more about what supporting companies (such as Google) have to say about NetBSD, what has been achieved recently, and what changes to expect thanks to the donations in the press release.
Software

Submission + - NetBSD developers speak about version 4.0

Quique writes: "NetBSD 4.0 was released last December. I read in Hubert Feyrer's blog that Federico Biancuzzi (who recently interviewed the founders of the OSI) has collected interviews from more than twenty NetBSD developers in an multiple-page article on Ars Technica, which talks about what's new in the latest release of this ultraportable Unix-like free operating system, including release engineering, some of the latest security features in NetBSD 4.0, virtualization with Xen, a number of filesystem enhancements (and new filesystems) and NetBSD's participation in Google's Summer of Code. If you have any comments, there's also a page for comments and discussion available."
Operating Systems

FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE Now Available 100

cperciva writes "FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE, the fourth release from the highly successful 6-STABLE branch of FreeBSD development, has been released. In addition to being available from many FTP sites, ISO images can be downloaded via the BitTorrent tracker, or for users of earlier FreeBSD releases, FreeBSD Update can be used to perform a binary upgrade."
Operating Systems

Submission + - FreeBSD 6.3 has been Released.

Efklides Stephanopoulos writes: "FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE is out. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE. This release continues the development of the 6-STABLE branch providing performance and stability improvements, many bug fixes and new features." Find more of the highlights and details of this here."
Unix

What's New in OpenBSD 4.2? 203

blackbearnh writes "OpenBSD 4.2 was released today, and has a host of new features. O'Reilly's ONLamp site has a pretty thorough overview of the release. 'Even though security is still there, this release comes with some amazing performance improvements: basic benchmarks showed PF being twice as fast, a rewrite of the TLB shootdown code for i386 and amd64 cut the time to do a full package build by 20 percent (mostly because all the forks in configure scripts have become much cheaper), and the improved frequency scaling on MP systems can help save nearly 20 percent of battery power. And then the new features: FFS2, support for the Advanced Host Controller Interface, IP balancing in CARP, layer 7 manipulation with hoststated, Xenocara, and more!'"
Networking

Submission + - Jun-ichiro 'itojun' HAGINO passes away

Asmodai writes: "According to http://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article&sid=20071030220114 as well as a communication in Japanese by itojun's younger brother, Jun-ichiro 'itojun' HAGINO passed away on the 29th of October at the age of 37.

Itojun, as he was commonly known in the BSD world, was one of the major driving forces behind the KAME IPv6 networking stack which is present in the BSD OSes as well as many other devices.

For more information about itojun, please see his homepage at http://www.itojun.org/"
Software

Submission + - 10 years of pkgsrc!

The Finn writes: "10 years ago — on October 3rd 1997 — the pkgsrc software management system was created by Alistair Crooks and Hubert Feyrer. pkgsrc, the NetBSD Packages Collection, was intended primarily as a packaging system for NetBSD. Derived from the FreeBSD Ports system, pkgsrc became a success story. Today, pkgsrc is a cross-platform framework, running on the BSDs, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, many Unix derivatives, and even on QNX and Windows. [...] We continue the anniversary celebrations with a series of interviews: developers and users of pkgsrc and of related systems give insights into the history, the concepts, the problems and the future directions of packaging systems."
Operating Systems

Submission + - FreeBSD Foundation Auction (ebay.com)

agshekeloh writes: "We're auctioning off the very first copy of Absolute FreeBSD off the press as a fundraiser for the FreeBSD Foundation. If you've been waiting for the right opportunity to open up your checkbook and support the Foundation, this is it!

Your generous donation will get you a book before anyone else in the world, signed by the author. The winner will also receive an authentic laser-printed Certificate of Authenticity, suitable for framing or absorbing spilled cola.

The day the book is done the author will drive to the printer and pick up a copy and ship it to the generous winner. This means that you'll get your copy before the other copies arrive at the distributor, let alone in stores.

100% of the auction proceeds go to the FreeBSD Foundation, of course."

KDE

KDE Readies KOffice 2.0 As OpenOffice Competitor 337

Da Massive writes in with a link to a story on KOffice 2.0, the next generation of the KDE office suite due sometime next year. In an interview with KDE spokesman Sebastian Kugler, Computerworld reports that KOffice 2.0 will be leaner, faster, and enjoy a cleaner code base than OpenOffice. It will also feature more applications, including an Access-like database creator, a flowcharter, and an image manipulation tool. KOffice is not yet fully compatible with ODF but the claim is that 2.0 will be.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Casual Games As In Sex, Not Friday?

simoniker writes: "Ian Bogost's latest 'Persuasive Games' column provides a new definition for casual games and their prospects, citing the Zidane Head-Butt game and suggesting: "If Casual Friday is the metaphor that drives casual games as we know them now, then Casual Sex might offer a metaphor to summarize the field's unexplored territory. If casual games (as in Friday) focus on simplicity and short individual play sessions that contribute to long-term mastery and repetition, then casual games (as in sex) focus on simplicity and short play that might not ever be repeated — or even remembered.""
Space

Submission + - Pluto Probe Makes Discoveries at Jupiter (jhuapl.edu)

Riding with Robots writes: "No, it's not an accident due to a metric-to-English-units error. In February, the New Horizons probe passed through the Jupiter system on its way to Pluto, and we saw some spectacular pictures. Now, the science teams have published detailed scientific results, along with new images and movies. an overview is now online. The probe's instruments saw clouds form from ammonia welling up from Jupiter's lower atmosphere, and heat-induced lighting strikes in the polar regions, and fresh eruptions on the volcanic moon Io. New Horizons also captured the clearest images ever of the tenuous Jovian ring system, where scientists spotted clumps of debris that may indicate a recent impact inside the rings, or some more exotic phenomenon."
Television

Defending Games For Adults on National Television 134

N'Gai Croal, at the Newsweek blog LevelUp, had the chance to talk about the Manhunt 2 ban/re-rating fiasco on the CNN program American Morning. It's an interesting discussion of the issue, and it sounds like for the most part he got a fair shake; this wasn't yet another 'ambush the games journalist'-style cable program. The one thing N'Gai tried to make clear - and may have gotten lost in the shuffle - was that this title categorically is not for kids. "We bring this up not because there's anything sinister at work, but rather because [co-anchor Kiran Chetry] isn't alone in her bedrock assumption that all videogames are primarily aimed at 'kids.' After all, had we gone on the show to discuss Ang Lee's NC-17-rated erotic thriller 'Lust, Caution,' or the upcoming horror movie '30 Days of Night,' we doubt that we'd have been asked 'Would you let your kids watch it?' It would have been assumed that those movies, like certain TV shows, books or plays, are not intended for children. Yet videogames often don't get the same recognition."
Biotech

Banked Blood May Not Be As Effective As Hoped 116

URSpider alerts us to two separate research reports published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences pointing to the rapid breakdown of nitric oxide in donated blood as a reason why such blood loses its ability to transfer oxygen, and is sometime implicated in problems such as strokes and heart attacks. Nitric oxide depletion is significant after 3 hours of storage; yet current guidelines allow for storing donated blood for up to 42 days. The article notes: "Several of the researchers, including Stamler, have consulting and/or equity relationships with Nitrox/N30, a company developing nitric oxide based therapies."

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