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Thanks, Mark

Our new board member, Mark Shuttleworth from Ubuntu fame, has a nice post about the Linux Foundation.

I think he’s makes some very correct points on how difficult it can sometimes be to run a consortia. We also really appreciate his kind words, not just because he’s a board member but because he’s an important member of the Linux community, and thus our constiuency.

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PHP/JavaScript contractor needed

Do you care about improving the Linux platform? The Linux Foundation is looking for an independent contractor to help us with our Web site. Specifically we’re looking for help with CSS/Javascript/PHP projects, including an expandable navigation tool and making our pages readable in IE. (Yes, ironic I know, but we really want our pages to be accessible to everyone, even those with bad judgement. ) Our infrastructure also includes Wordpress and MediaWiki.

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Mono brings Visual Basic Programming to Linux

Say what you will about Visual Basic, but many people (especially in enterprises) use it for developing applications. Anything that results in more applications on Linux is a good thing. Read the news of the new compiler brought to us by Novell.

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Today’s Linux Momentum

South Africa Switching to Linux and open standards:

Themba Maseko told reporters the cabinet would use the open source Linux operating system in a bid to lower administration costs and enhance local IT skills.

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On Free Device Driver Development

There’s been lots of talk about Greg K-H’s post on device driver development and the Linux Foundation’s assitance through the NDA program. We think this is a great program and a great example of how the LF wants to work with the community to improve Linux. Greg does a great job explaining it in his post and Q&A.

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It’s Official

The votes are in. The merger of the Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group has been formally approved by membership.  We’re very excited to begin The Linux Foundation.

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Linux Foundation reaction

We’re extremely pleased with the reaction on the launch of the Linux Foundation. This is an exciting time for all of us at the LF and we’re happy to see so many people discussing our cause.

A few of the best articles:

San Jose Mercury News

NY Times

Dana Blakenhorn’s blog on ZDNet

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Solving the ODF Accessibility Challenge

Last week, we announced that IBM had contributed a set of interfaces called IAccessible2 to the Free Standards Group as part of existing Accessibility workgroup.

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