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Not the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, Chapter 6

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Travel report: FOSDEM

As it happens every year at the end of February a few metric tonnes of geeks converged on the Solbosch campus of the university of Brussels. Not that one, the other campus. No, not that one either. It's a bit complicated ...

The usual pre-fosdem beer event happened, this time at the Delirium Tremens instead of the Roi d'Espagne, with quite good results. The sheer mass of geeks drowned out the whole street and caused long queues (longer than usual!) around the beer taps. A few thousand liters of beer were metabolized, and everyone staggered home to sleep a few hours until fosdem officially started.

Gentoo Improvement: Trustees

As you might have noticed Gentoo is slowly rebooting itself into the bestest shape ever. Just a few hours ago the next phase of this process was completed when the new Trustees were voted for and sworn in.

Interview with a bot: Amarok

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Technology, the law and you: Open-source software

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