Matt Moor | 1 Jun 02:49 2005
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Copyright and FTA seminars -- Aus. Copyright Council

Hi All,

The following was sent to me at work, and it's probably of interest to 
some/all of you:

Has the Free Trade Agreement given you a bad dose of copyfright?

Many people are worried about the effect of the Australia US Free Trade 
Agreement (AUSFTA) on copyright. Does it affect the duration of 
copyright? What about out-of-copyright material? And is it true that 
some things that weren t copyright issues before   such as playing a 
pirated CD or DVD   are now copyright infringements?

These and other changes in the law will be covered in the Australian 
Copyright Council s 2005 copyright seminar program.

* Copyright Essentials: gives a thorough introduction to copyright in 
Australia now the AUSFTA is in force. If you want to know what copyright 
protects, who owns copyright, and how long it lasts, this is the session 
for you.

* Moral Rights: were introduced in Australia in 2001. This year s 
session includes the introduction of moral rights for performers as a 
result of the AUSFTA, and other key issues.

* Recent Developments: is for people already familiar with copyright who 
want to bring themselves up to speed with the latest developments. This 
short, sharp seminar covers the AUSFTA amendments as well as proposals 
for changing government ownership of copyright. You ll also find out 
what s been happening in important cases such as Kazaa.
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Jonathan Oxer | 1 Jun 05:15 2005
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LWE: our stand is now booked

Hi All,

I've just signed and faxed back the form confirming our booth at LWE. We
currently have a 3x2m booth assigned, but have the option of altering
that closer to the date if we see fit.

Soon we'll need to start rounding up some volunteers interested in being
part of the event which will be in Sydney on March 28-30 next year.

http://www.idgworldexpo.com/live/99/media/news//CC925135

Cheers   :-)

Jonathan Oxer
Pia Waugh | 1 Jun 09:17 2005

Re: LWE: our stand is now booked

Heya,

<quote who="Jonathan Oxer">

> I've just signed and faxed back the form confirming our booth at LWE. We
> currently have a 3x2m booth assigned, but have the option of altering
> that closer to the date if we see fit.

Yay!! Rock on Jon!

> Soon we'll need to start rounding up some volunteers interested in being
> part of the event which will be in Sydney on March 28-30 next year.

I reckon we should try to include the following in the booth:

- General information about FOSS
- A wall of fame for Aussie projects and developers
- A wall of fame for the usergroups around the country
- Free CDs - Maybe OpenCD project, or Ubuntu

Particularly getting the LUGs to have something cool to put on the stand,
that would rock!

What does everyone else think? I think it is a great way to both show off
the soft benefits of FOSS, seeing everyone around us will be very business
benefits focused as well as sending a strong message that we have a strong
community, and some real local talent that is often overlooked.

They also will be saving some rooms for some LPI exams (this is apparently
part of the LWE normal activities) so the LA education dudes will be running
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Pia Waugh | 1 Jun 09:21 2005

Re: HP makes strides with laptop Linux

Hi Minnie,

<quote who="Minnie Constan">

> Great News for Ubuntu!

Yeah, but unfortunately HP have made the "strategic" decision to only ship
to certain countries, we can't get them in Australia. On that point, I'm
looking to get four distros of Linux certified, supported and preinstalled
on a range of Ipex hardware, including laptops. Should be fun :)

Cheers,
Pia

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Del | 1 Jun 11:12 2005
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Re: LWE: our stand is now booked

Pia Waugh wrote:
> Heya,
> 
> <quote who="Jonathan Oxer">
> 
>>I've just signed and faxed back the form confirming our booth at LWE. We
>>currently have a 3x2m booth assigned, but have the option of altering
>>that closer to the date if we see fit.
> 
> 
> Yay!! Rock on Jon!

Personally I think that Jon has done quite well and don't see any
reason to drop a rock on him.

My understanding is that this will be next to the OSIA booth so
we should be able to get some cooperation going.  Either that or
we will both get hit by the same rock.

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Del
Con Zymaris | 1 Jun 13:21 2005
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Re: LWE: our stand is now booked

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 07:12:24PM +1000, Del wrote:
> >
> >Yay!! Rock on Jon!
> 
> Personally I think that Jon has done quite well and don't see any
> reason to drop a rock on him.
> 
> My understanding is that this will be next to the OSIA booth so
> we should be able to get some cooperation going.  Either that or
> we will both get hit by the same rock.

I've seen Pia lift heavy objects at the recent OSV stand - it _will_ be a 
big rock.

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Ian Wienand | 1 Jun 14:30 2005
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Salary Survey

Hi,

I noticed an article [1] on a recently released IT salary survey [2].

It struck me as something that Linux Australia could run on their
website; geared towards people mostly working with open source.  It
should be pretty easy to set up, and there might even be press release
in it.  Anyone else think it might be interesting?

-i
ianw@...
http://www.wienand.org

[1] http://www.builderau.com.au/program/work/0,39024650,39191123,00.htm
[2] http://www.hays.com.au/salary/pdfs05/InformationTechnology.pdf
Ben Martin | 2 Jun 12:10 2005
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Grant Scheme: libferris, evolution and libxml

Hi,
  Looking over the past grant requests I'm not too sure on what is
accepted and what is not applicable. Also the submission part at the top
left of http://www.linux.org.au/projects/grants
states to send to committee@... though this list appears to be
the desired destination.

So this emial will either be a few laughs and a "cheeky monkey" comment
or two or a replacement monitor for me.

I am the author of libferris [1,2]. In line with the "will hack for
food" image on the above grants page and with the recent death of my
primary monitor I have proposal in exchange for a new monitor.

A quick sloccount of the project gives the following, without including
other libraries which are split of (eg, libferrisstreams, libstldb4)
Totals grouped by language (dominant language first):
cpp:         112043 (98.59%)
ansic:          966 (0.85%)
perl:           388 (0.34%)
sh:             249 (0.22%)
Total Physical Source Lines of Code (SLOC)                = 113,646

I have a few proposals. My original thoughts were to port libferris from
using xerces-c to using libxml. A cooler thought is to finally get
around to allowing libferris to mount Evolution. I'd favour the latter
option of the two just because I think its cooler ;)

Xerces-C / libxml option:
libferris currently uses xerces-c for its XML support. It seems that
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Jonathan Oxer | 3 Jun 04:19 2005
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Re: Grant Scheme: libferris, evolution and libxml

Hi Ben,

I've just added your submission into the task tracker for reference:

http://www.linux.org.au/tasks/index.php?do=details&id=43

Cheers   :-)

Jonathan Oxer
Anthony Towns | 3 Jun 06:34 2005
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Re: Grant Scheme: libferris, evolution and libxml

Ben Martin wrote:
> Aim of Project:
> Either the above libxml2 or evolution mounting option. I also highlight
> the efforts already put into creating and expanding libferris to date as
> support for this request.
>  
> Person Resposible for Request:
> Ben Martin
> 
> Request:
> A high(ish) end LCD screen to provide incentive for the port/work ;)
> For example SAMSUNG 21" 213T LCD which currently goes for about $2000.

So far we've been restricting grants to providing equipment necessary 
for doing work, rather than an incentive to do it. I think it'd be 
interesting to change that, but there are some things folks on the list 
might want to comment on to help us in considering those sorts of requests:

  1) does it matter how useful the work's going to be? how popular? how 
would we judge such things?

  2) does it make sense to buy equipment instead of just giving out money?

  3) what sort of followup should we do or expect?

  4) does it make sense to give the money before the work's done, or 
would some sort of after-the-face prize scheme make more sense?

  5) if we do this sort of thing, should it be open to anyone, or should 
it be restricted to, eg: works that aren't compensated in any other way 
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