SPI PRESIDENT TO BRING FREE SOFTWARE MESSAGE TO WORLD LEADERS!
THE MAPS RBL: A PROJECT WORTHY OF YOUR NOTICE
NOVARE CONTRIBUTES HARDWARE TO DEBIAN
SPI President to bring Free Software message to World Leaders!
Bruce Perens will speak about free software at the University of Chicago's
"The Challenge of Modern Democracy" conference, on April 10. C-Span is
covering the conference. Other confirmed speakers include Nobel Prize
winers, journalists such as Bernard Shaw of CNN, word leaders including
Canada's former Prime Minister, and Haiti's former President Aristide,
University Presidents (Harvard, MIT), among a variety of other scholars
from around the world. Perens is president of Software in the Public
Interest (Debian's corporation), and is astonished to find himself in
this list of speakers. Part or all of the conference will be televised,
we will bring you details as soon as we have them.
The MAPS RBL: A Project Worthy of Your Notice.
Like most heavy Internet users, Debian developers have been plagued by
e-mail "spam". Recently, spammers have been even been posting messages
to our online bug-reporting system. Sales messages have been popping up
in between the bug reports.
Because of this, the Debian servers have joined MAPS, the Mail Abuse
Protection System. This is a network of system administrators that agree
to voluntarily refuse e-mail from sites that support spammers or have
poor anti-spam policies. Their web site is at http://maps.vix.com/ . MAPS
operates the Realtime Blackhole List. This is a system that allows them
to update the list of systems we refuse mail from instantly, and that
gives them the power to stop a spam in progress. Because so many systems
are participating, MAPS can get the attention of the offending sites and
can persuate them to reform their spam policies. MAPS also operates the
Transport Security Initiative, a program to educate innocent sites that
are used as relays by spammers in how to block spam.
MAPS has improved the entire Internet, and it's worthy of your support.
We are working on improvements to the Debian mail programs so that Debian
users will be able join MAPS with a single command. If you want to join
now, you can do so using the instructions at the MAPS web site:
NOVARE DONATES HARDWARE TO DEBIAN
For a long time Novare (www.novare.net) has hosted the Debian developer's
central system. A few days ago, the motherboard on that system blew out.
They drove to the computer store on a Saturday, bought us a new 233MHz
motherboard and new RAM, and rebuilt the system over that weekend. Besides
doing that, they built up a second system on their net for us to use as a
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