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I am the active webmaster/scheduler of haifux (The Haifa Linux Club) and of course a member of it. I am member number 10 of Hamakor, Israeli NPO for open source and free software. I keep a Hebrew Free software blog on linmagazine.


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Call for Papers

August Penguin 2005

August 4, 2005 Israel

Conference web page:

About the Conference:

August Penguin is a conference for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developers, contributers, users and activists. It is an event created by the FOSS community for the FOSS community, which includes lectures dealing with technical, theoretical, and social aspects of FOSS, as well as community events such as prizes, competitions, public key signing and book crossing.

August Penguin is being held for the fourth time. The call for papers for the technical-academic track is sent for the first time. August Penguin is sponsored by Ha'makor - An Israeli Society for Free Software and Open-Source Code (Registered Society)-

This year, the conference will be composed of two tracks: a community track and a technical-academic track. The community track includes talks intended for an interdisciplinary audience as well as social events. The technical-academic track includes talks on peer-reviewed papers. Lectures from both tracks will be given interchangeably through out the day.

The purpose of the technical-academic track is:

* to increase the exposure of FOSS in the academic, business, and
governmental areas, as well as
* to encourage the release of quality software under a FOSS license,
* to encourage participation and hands-on involvement by the

The technical-academic track is modeled after the well established international Linux conferences the Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS, and Linux.Conf.Au (

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* operating systems
* programming languages
* tool-chains (compilers, linkers, assemblers, etc)
* virtual machines
* clustering
* aspects of FOSS in government and law
* social aspects of FOSS
* Israeli FOSS
* educational initiatives regarding FOSS

Any software presented has to be licensed under an open source license, as defined by

Strong preference will be given to technical papers. Papers are expected to present an interesting problem, a non-trivial and novel solution and comparisons with related work. Bonus points will be given for cool hacks.

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a technical paper or a tutorial.

We also invite you to submit a proposal for one of the following:

* hosting a Birds of Feathers session (a guided discussion/meeting of
people working in the same area, regarding this topic).

* giving a talk on a subject of your choosing in the community track.

Step 1. Submit Proposal

As this is the first time such a conference is being held in Israel, this step is mostly for guiding the authors to the right tracks of the conference.

Proposals are your chance to sell the topic to the review committee. The review committee assesses the relevance of your topic to the broader FOSS community, your qualifications for presenting the topic, and your rationale for presenting the topic at August Penguin.

The proposal will be organized as follows:

Names of authors Contact information (email) for all co-authors, specifying the preferred contact way for the main author. Type of activity - technical paper/tutorial/Birds of Feather session Title Short summary of the proposal Short summary of why this proposal fits AP Short description of the required accessories (applicable to tutorials and BoF). Your proposal must not exceed 2000 characters in length.

Proposals will only be accepted from February 4th, 2005 until March 4th, 2005.

Along with the proposal, you will need to submit an abstract and a biography, which will be published on our website and in the program, should the proposal be accepted.

The abstract needs to be of up to two paragraphs, with a maximum of 2500 characters. The abstract must convey the essence of your paper.

The biography needs to be of up to 1000 characters.

Please note: all lengths are in CHARACTERS.

Step 2. Committee Review

The program committee will review your proposal per the guidelines above, contacting you via email for any questions or comments. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by April 4th, 2005.

Step 3 Paper Submission - for the technical-academic track only

Papers may be submitted either in English or in Hebrew. Papers can be submitted in latex or LyX or open-office using the template from the website.

Papers must be submitted using free fonts.

If you require assistance please allow for a minimum of 2 weeks lead time prior to any published deadline. You may email questions to papers at for assistance.

Final papers must be submitted using the website interface in tar format containing all the templates, images, and scripts required to build. Correctly formatted papers must be submitted prior to June 4th, 2005.

Step 4 Live Presentation

One of the authors of the paper will be expected to present the paper at the conference.

Presentations will be 45 minutes in length including time for questions. Presentations are expected to be accessible to an interdisciplinary technical audience.

An XGA (1024x768) LCD projector will be available to display output from a laptop computer. A typist will be available to type your lecture as you give it for the hearing impaired. If you will require additional AV equipment please specify this in your proposal.

Fine Print

Publication Rights

The conference requires non-exclusive publication rights to submitted papers including the publication of audio and video proceedings. Copyright is retained by the author. We do ask that we be the first organization to publish any given paper. In case of doubt, please contact us.

We intend to publish pre-proceedings with the accepted papers. They will be freely available from our on-line library. In addition, a hard copy will be dealt to participants who will have pre-ordered them.

Failure to Submit

In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present.

Parallel Submission:

The conference committee is aware to the fact that authors might wish to submit their contribution to other conferences as well. The conference policy is to allow parallel submissions to conferences, as long as the paper submitted to August Penguin is not recycled.

Key Dates - Summary:

Submission of Proposals: March 4, 2005 Notification of Authors: April 4, 2005 Camera ready copy of accepted papers: June 4, 2005 August Penguin Conference: August 4, 2005

Invited Speakers in Previous August Penguin Conferences Include: Gilad Ben-Yossef, Aviram Jenik, Lior Amar, Moshe Zadka, Dan Aloni and Joel Isaacson.

Program Committee:

Orr Dunkelman (Technion, Haifux), Muli Ben-Yehuda (IBM HRL, Haifux, Hamakor), Alon Altman (Hamakor board, Technion)

Program Chair: Orna Agmon (Haifux, Hamakor)

Conference Chair Limor Ben-Yossef (Codefidence, Hamakor) Gilad Ben-Yossef (Codefidence, Hamakor)
Orkut stores email adresses and uses them!

Orkut is a community service, to which one can join by invitation only. I joined several monthes ago, and invited some of my friends. I deleted from the friends list the emails of those who did not wish to join orkut.

In the past few days, several of those deleted emails got an invitation from orkut (sent as if it was sent from me) again. Deleted emails, wrong (bouncing) emails, emails of friends who have not yet responded - all those were sent again.

Orkut made me appear like a spammer. And worse - big brother is storing you.

haifux logo contest has entered the voting stage: choosing a voting system

We currently have 14 basic designs on the haifux logo page. I am really impressed with the thought invested in each of them.

As for the voting method, epsalon suggested the Debian voting system. At first it looked really difficult to implement, because it is explained using graphs. Thinking of creating a graph with 14*14 edges is horrible. No chance that it will be a flat graph. But then I read the about the Condorcet voting system, upon which the Debian one is based, and I realized two things:

  • The most intuitive implementation of all those voting methods is a matrix, not a graph
  • The Debian voting system is suitable when you are willing to take "no decision" for an answer, and you want to set the conditions for such an event. If what you really want is to know the option most prefered, then it is the original Condorcet method that is the right one.

And then there is the problem of cycles. These systems are based on relative preferences. I, as many others, had the impression that a system which is based on partial order relations is bad, because you may reach a loop: A>B>C>A. And then what do you do? But as is rightly explained about the Condorcet system, this is not a problem of the system: it simply reflects the real preferences.

Another problem with methods that are based on preferences, is that the data is a matrix and not a vector, and it may be hard to follow the way in which the best option is chosen. Any method in which it is hard to figure out how exactly justice is done is bad, because of the lack of visibility. What is simpler than "the one with most votes takes"?

I hope I solved this by giving lots of examples about the partial ranking, and by suggesting to vote for only one logo, if the voter so chooses.

So, all there is left to do is accumulate the votes over the next two weeks.

I prefer original documentation any time

And so do most people. However, when mulix suggested in private mail to someone to read the original documentation, he was threatened by prosecution!

The following mail was sent to the general openMOSIX mailing list by Moshe Bar:

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 07:18:27 -0500
From: Moshe Bar <>
X-Mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook, Build 11.0.5510
To: 'Nemeth Lorant' <>,
Subject: RE: [openMosix-general] Load, Big Mac Index
This guy Juli Ben-Yehuda is not an oficial voice within openMosix. He ha so
far only taken the voice of the one who slanders and critizes without
grounds and points people to the wrong direction. A team ot top-lawyers are
waching and documentiong his wrong moves like this one and he and his
friends will be prosecuted in court soon.
Having said that, Mosix has long dropped the comparative resource prizing
scheme and has opted for something that is completely differnet and that is
completely impossible to document.
To anser your questions:
IN openMosix a node (a PE) sends information to all nodes, at random. So a
parituclar node might have gotten the load laevel info from node A only
after some time experired. So node 22 will now first have to contact node A
and ask it if it's trust what is being told that it sload is supposed to be
such and such.
If you have more secific questions, go ahead and ask me. Ignore Muli who has
his own personal agenda to destory the reputation of our project (for some
Kind regards
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nemeth
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [openMosix-general] Load, Big Mac Index
I couldn't find anything about the definition of load, and Big Mac Index on :( Any other ideas?
The questions:
- how does load in openMosix differ from linux load (it calculates with the
migrated processes also, but any other diffs?) How can the same process
cause biger load on a slower machine
- How Big Mac Index works in openMosix (country=node, goods=resources...over
and undervalued currencies?). What is the meaning of the original terms is
- How can the overhead of management be linear in the count of the number of
nodes if every node collects information of radnomly selected nodes?
(because n/2 * n is in O(n^2) if there isn't any limit of how many nodes can
be choosen randomly to send and recieve status info. from or to)
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Muli Ben-Yehuda wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2004 at 12:27:42AM +0100, Nemeth Lorant wrote:
> >
> > - I've read about Big Mac Index algorithm in Moshe Bar's ,,How
> > openMosix works'', and also checked some docs about it, but I still
> > don't understand how openMosix adopts this algorithm (country=node,
> > goods=resources...over and undervalued currencies???).
> Ignore that crap and read the MOSIX papers (and book). Links on
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Finished my impressions of OLS, in Hebrew, for tomorrow's Haifux. Rusty's list of "must-know"s came out very interesting indeed, in some parts. The other parts I knew were good. I just cannot figure out why he pointed watchguard.

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