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October 14th, 2011 Comments off


Dennis Ritchie (printf(“Goodbye, World!”)

I liked this tribute:


int main() { printf(“goodbye, dadn”); return 0; }

On 13 October 2011 23:43

#includemain() { printf(“Goodbye World”);


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Rare opportunity on software patents

October 11th, 2011 Comments off

from the LUV-talk mailing list

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: [free-software-melb] Rare opportunity on software patents
From:    “Ben Sturmfels”<>
Date:    Tue, October 11, 2011 3:23 pm

Hi Folks,

The Australian government is requesting comments in a review of
“innovation patents”. Submissions close *this Friday* 14 October. This
is a rare opportunity to be heard.

Please write to<>, explaining the problems
of software patents and pointing out that “innovation patents” are the
same, but worse. (I’ve added some notes below to help get you started.)

1. Please focus on software patents only, not patents in general.
2. Please BCC to<>.
3. Try get your colleagues and organisation to co-sign.

For more on the campaign, please visit:

The ACIP review:

Thanks for your help.

Ben Sturmfels

Ideas for your email
Please feel free use your own words and ideas too.

FYI: “Innovation patents” came about in 2000 as a replacement for “petty
patents”. They have a term of 8 years (std. patents 20 years), minimal
examination and much lower barrier of “inventiveness” – easy to get,
just as hard to defeat.

Intro ideas: software patents in general
- you’re in the software industry

- patents on computation and information processing do the opposite of
promoting innovation

- harmful to both software industry and society

- as such should be abolished

- you’re one of the thousands who signed the paper petition to the
House of Representatives calling for this

Body ideas: “innovation patents” are the same but worse
- pose all the same risks as standard patents

- are worse because they have lower requirements for examination and

- should also be abolished

Closing ideas:
- you wish you’d been aware of the 2009 Review of Patentable Subject
Matter so you could have commented on that too

Free-software-melb mailing list

luv-talk mailing list

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[luv-main] Save Linux on Pre-built computers in Australia!

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: [luv-main] Save Linux on Pre-built computers in Australia!
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:14:45 +1000
From: Luke Martinez <>

I posted this here because it should get its own thread.

It as part of the Windows 8 OEM scheme Microsoft requires the OEM’s to lock down the computer to only run windows 8 or other “authorized” OS’es via a signature system.[1] for “security” reasons.

Put simply, Microsoft as part of their OEM system require all new
computers shipping with windows 8 to use secure signing keys to
prevent ‘unauthorized software’ from running on the computer. This
will prevent all free software operating systems from running on the
computers that come with OEM by default.

So, we need YOU to stand up for Linux in Australia (and other countries)!

Simply follow these easy steps.
1. Click this link: here
2. Fill out your concerns. (Find an attached letter for reference)
3. Submit with Personal Information (note result, post interesting stuff)
4. Tell your friends to do the same
5. (optional) Forward this to your favourite Linux Mailing List
6. (optional) Phone the ACCC at1300 302 502.

Luke Martinez

Here is some more info for those who don’t know:
(slide 11) [1] [2] [3]

Here is the reference letter:

I have recently learnt that any new computer or laptop that ships with the upcoming Windows 8 Operating System will not be able to run any other Operating System.  Microsoft’s new UEFI Secure Boot system prevents ‘unauthorized software’ from running on any new computer sold with Windows 8. Making a system that ships with only Micrsoft Windows not being able to boot a copy of Linux or any other operating system. I wish to use Linux on future computers, and this will not allow me to use Linux at all. Microsoft is engaging in seriously anti-competitive behaviour by forcing the lockout of all competitors. (See: ) Not only will Microsoft kick out Linux off the computers, they will prevent ‘upgrading’ of windows versions: creating forced obsolescence. I am disgusted, is Microsoft legally allowed to do this? Microsoft has been slowly becoming more anti-competitive: computing used to be about choice, having the ability to choose the Operating System. Now Microsoft want to have complete control.


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Microsoft requires Windows 8 logo systems to not boot unsigned OS’s

September 21st, 2011 Comments off

This looks like something to keep an eye on.. Matthew Garrett (the guy who makes peoples laptops work with Linux and has to deal with EFI& Linux – makes you wonder what awful thing he did in a past life) writes about a worrying requirement for Windows 8 logo certification for hardware vendors..

# Microsoft requires that machines conforming to the # Windows 8 logo program and running a client version # of Windows 8 ship with secure boot enabled. The two # alternatives here are for Windows to be signed with # a Microsoft key and for the public part of that key # to be included with all systems, or alternatively for # each OEM to include their own key and sign the # pre-installed versions of Windows. The second approach # would make it impossible to run boxed copies of Windows # on Windows logo hardware, and also impossible to install # new versions of Windows unless your OEM provided a new # signed copy. The former seems more likely. # # A system that ships with only OEM and Microsoft keys will # not boot a generic copy of Linux.

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Software Freedom Day 2011

August 1st, 2011 Comments off

Our team is now registered for Software Freedom Day 2011 …

The Limestone Coast SFD 2011 Team will hosting this years event once again at the Mount Gambier Public Library ( a little downsized from last years highly successful event. This year the Nerds of the Limestone Coast will all come together to share what we have been doing in I.T. and FOSS arena over the past 12 months & to brainstorm ideas for a grand 2012 event.


Meeting room, Mount Gambier Public Library

17th of September 2011 @ 10:00am


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SFD 2010 competition results announcement

July 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Well done to all that helped to make SFD 2010 in the Limestone Coast such a great event, the results are listed below, We got a mention !!!

Thanks again & well done to all.



——– Original Message ——–

Subject: [SFD-announce] 2010 competition results announcement
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:10:42 +0800
From: Frederic Muller – SFI
To: SFD announcements, Open discussions about SFD
Software Freedom Day 2010 Best Event Competition result announcements:
Africa, Asia and Australia under the spotlights!

Hudson, New Hampshire (May 23, 2011) - Software Freedom International is
proud to announce the  SFD 2010 best event competition results. Software
Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source
Software (FOSS) with the goal of educating the public about the
existence and the benefits of using FOSS in education, in government, at
home and in business.

The SFD Best Event Competition is an international recognition of the
efforts made by individual organizing teams in regards to spreading the
importance of Software Freedom and reaching out to the relevant groups
of people in their area. Each year three teams are chosen and the awards
given to those teams are meant to help them further in their tasks for
the years to come.

This year, two leading organizations from the Free and Open Source
Software movements have joined us to reward those exceptional achievers:
the Free Software Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the
Free Software movement, and Makerbot, a private company pushing the
concept of Free Software to physical media and making an fully open
source 3D printer.

Among the 40 submissions we have received the three teams that came out
as outstanding organizers and promoters of Software Freedom in 2010 are
spread over 3 different continents. We would like to name in no specific
* SFD team Melbourne, Australia
* SFD team Yaoundé, Cameroon team
* SFD team SPCF-CITE, Angeles City, Philippines

As a side note we are very pleased to see winners from different areas
this year, especially Africa and would also like to mention some entries
which didn't make it in the top 3 but definitely deserve to be mentioned:
* CPU & Software Freedom Network team, Manila, Philippines
* 8layes team, manila, Philippines
* Limestone Coast LUG, Mount Gambier, Australia
* NOSK team, Lalitpur, Nepal

The above teams should be an inspiration to all SFD organizers and help
you to prepare for SFD 2011 which will happen on Saturday September 17th
this year.

About SFI - Software Freedom International is the non-profit
organization at the origin of Software Freedom Day. SFI handles
sponsorship contracts, official team registrations, sending out schwags
to teams, the annual Best SFD Event Competition and many other things.
For more information please contact:
Frederic Muller
Software Freedom International President
info (at)
or visit our website at
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And now for something (slightly) different – a GNU name

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

After the Richard Stallman visit to our region, it was decided that we needed to clarify the relationship that the Free Software Foundations GNU Project has to our Operating System of choice. Henceforth we will be known as LSC-GLUG – the LimeStone Coast GNU/Linux User Group.

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ACS present Education Across the Nation with Dr Richard Stallman in Mt Gambier

September 12th, 2010 Comments off

The ACS SA Greater Green Triangle Chapter

present Education Across the Nation (EdXN) — Richard Stallman at Mt Gambier!

Richard Stallman is a pioneer in the development of the free software movement. Dr Stallman’s presentation is titled “Education Across the Nation: Free Software in Ethics and in Practice”.  One of the statements that Richard Stallman has made is “Why schools should exclusively use free software” While is talk will be broader, this article makes for brief background reading to this in an education setting.

Venue: Tenison Woods College, Mt Gambier (Flexible Learning Centre – enter from White Avenue is best)
Date: Friday 17th September 2010
Time: 6:30 for a 7pm start

Free Software in Ethics and in Practice:

The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible. Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, the status and history of the GNU/Linux operating system now used by tens of millions of users world-wide, and the new risks to the freedom of computer users.

Biography: Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

More information:

Further details about the event and the speaker along with registration are available at the ACS website or if you would like to register your attendance you can use one of the following links,

You are encouraged to forward this message to colleagues and friends who may have an interest in this event.

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Linux Australia schwag on its way for SFD2010

September 7th, 2010 Comments off

We have just had confirmation from Joshua from Linux Australia that they have some schwag that we can use for our event this year.

Currently Linux Australia has the following goodies it would like to offer

From LCA 2009:-

Lanyards + Pouches – Playing Cards – Rubik’s Cubes – Notepads – Tuz Soft Toys – Calico Bags – Various Conference Shirts

Miscellaneous: -

Blank DVDs with generic SFD artwork printed on them – Fossology t-shirt, Bright orange SFD2008 t-shirts, Debian logo t-shirts & Linux Australia “Dot Tux” t-shirts

This schwag will help us out a heap for our event, so a big thanks goes out to Linux Australia & Joshua for his hel


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Opendisc 10.09 Released !

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

OpenDisc 10.09 Released!

The latest version of OpenDisc is now available for download, 10.09 features over 20 software updates:

Avidemux 2.5.3, ClamWin 0.96.2, DjVuLibre 3.5.23+4.6, FileZilla, Firefox 3.6.8, Freeciv 2.2.2, FreeCol 0.9.4, GIMP 2.6.10, InfraRecorder 0.51, Maxima 5.22.1, Miro 3.0.3, 3.2.1, Pidgin 2.7.3, RSS Owl 2.0.5, SeaMonkey 2.0.6, Sokoban YASC 1.543, Songbird 1.7.3-1700, Stellarium 0.10.5, Sumatra PDF 1.1, Thunderbird 3.1.2, TightVNC 2.0.2, TrueCrypt 7.0, VLC 1.1.3, Battle for Wesnoth 1.8.4.

Please download via Torrent or ISO images @

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