Archive for March, 2010

LXDE Foundation has been accepted as a mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code. The students application period starts on March 29: ~12 noon PDT / 19:00 UTC

Congratulations, your application for LXDE Foundation as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2010 has been accepted! Over the next few days, you should plan to register your mentors and complete some housekeeping tasks to make sure your pages on the GSoC 2010 site are up to date. …

The complete GSoC timeline is here: http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/faqs#timeline

Please add more ideas for development projects to the LXDE Idea Page on http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

Discuss projects on oftc #lxde

We also need mentors. Mario suggested to schedule an IRC meet up for potential mentors on Sun 21, 2010.


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From an US NGO source:

KEI has learned that the European Union has proposed language in the ACTA negotiations to require criminal penalties for “inciting, aiding and abetting” certain offenses

As long as criminal provisions are not in the Acquis (as IPRED2 is not adopted) the European Union has no competence to make such proposals in international fora. Period. Commissioner de Gucht additionally promised Parliament they would not go beyond the acquis but apparently still holds some misconceptions what the acquis is about. It is very simple, as long as Ipred2 is not adopted there is no criminal law for these purposes in the Acquis, thus the EU has no competence whatsoever. If the Commissioner exceeds his competences in the negotiations expect a strong political confrontation and litigation before the European Court of Justice.

Luc Devigne from the Commission reportedly said in a meeting with the EPP staff, he has been working as a trade negotiator for the Commission for 15 years and was never scrutinized by parliament before. That whispered joke indicates the difficulties of a Commission unaware of the treaties it is supposed to defend as its guardian, now exposed to a stronger Lisbon regime Parliament. The support for the mostly EPP driven written declaration by other parties is stunning. Over night the conduct of Office from DG Trade became a cross-partisan concern.

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Europe 2020 – public consultation
Overview of responses

…the Commission has in total received around 1400 contributions1 from a very wide range of interested parties coming from virtually all EU Member States and their regions and from a number of non-EU stakeholders and countries. All Member States’ governments, 2 national parliaments, 8 EU and national political parties, 30 ministries or governmental agencies, 148 regional public authorities, 10 EU-level bodies, 45 trade union organisations from both the EU and national levels, 232 EU and national business and professional federations, 51 individual companies, 190 NGOs, 54 ‘think tanks’, 32 representatives of the academic community, 10 consumer organisations and also around 500 citizens responded. All contributions can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020.

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ALDE Hearing
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
Organised by Alexander Alvaro, MEP and Marietje Schaake, MEP
6 April – European Parliament
Room ASP 1G2
14:00 – 14:15 Alexander Alvaro, MEP and Marietje Schaake, MEP
Opening remarks
14:15 – 14:45 Michael Geist, University of Ottawa
The truth about ACTA
14:45 – 15:00 Q&A
15:00 – 15:20 Luc Devigne, European Commission
The status quo of the international negotiations
15:20 – 15:30 Q&A
15:30 – 15:50 Stefan Krawczyk, Ebay
The impact on private businesses
15:50 – 16:00 Q&A
16:00 – 16:20 Malcolm Hutty, EuroISPA
The implications for the internet
16:20 – 16:30 Q&A
16:30 – 16:45 Kieran Bradley, European Parliament Legal Service
The role and rights of the EP concerning
international agreements
16:45 – 17:00 Final discussion and closing remarks
17:00 – 18:00 Reception

For access badges, please send adress of residence, full name and date
of birth to marietje.schaake-office@europarl.europa.eu
by Friday 26 March 2010
webstreaming will be provided on http://www.alexander-alvaro.de and

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Lubuntu watched

Distrowatch page of Lubuntu, the Ubuntu flavour with LXDE, currently ranking 84. Not bad for an unreleased Linux distribution.

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Breite Diskussion zu einer Mediennutzungspauschale bei Carta.

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H-Online provides a ressource consumption comparison.

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HTML5 differences from HTML4
W3C Working Draft 04 March 2010

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Al-Jazeera’s take on Iceland’s proposed media safe haven

More info


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Michael Geist comprehends the current state of affairs in the EU with regard to ACTA. For wednesday two motions for a resolution are tabled – Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) 2010/2572(RSP) and a parliament question will be answered in advance.

As you can see two different proposals are tabled for the resolution.

Also a written declaration is underway.

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