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Created 3 Feb 2007 at 05:21 UTC by StevenRainwater, last modified 3 May 2007 at 23:08 UTC by StevenRainwater.
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Several issues have been posted. A new volunteer is needed
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- Security/Cryptography: Free Software and Open
Source developments related to computer security and
cryptography. We have a volunteer willing to post this one
as a quarterly update. First issue expected soon.
- FOSS Women: The latest on high profile women in
the FOSS community, updates on LinuxChix, KDE Women,
WikiChix, and similar organizations. Several potential
authors have been contacted and expressed interest but
lacked time. We still need someone, preferrably female, to
volunteer for this one.
- Semantic Web Update: I couldn't bring myself to
it Web 2.0 News. :) The latest FOSS developments in the
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those other fun acronyms. Who's going to volunteer to write
- Apache Foundation News: httpd, Jakarta, Tomcat,
Veolcity, etc. Volunteer needed
- BSD News?: Is there enough here to warrant a
monthly or quarterly news article post? Volunteer needed
- Freedesktop/X.Org: There ought to be a lot
interesting news here. Who wants to put together a monthly
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