March 2008 Archives

YAPC::NA 2009 Call for Venue

Welcome, once again, to the Yet Another Perl Conference, North America Call For Venue! The 2009 YAPC::NA marks the 10th anniversary for YAPC. Wow, 10 years of YAPC! This year we've decided to try something a little different. After some discussion and feedback, we've decided to take an approach similar to YAPC::EU. We're putting out the request for bids now, with a June 1 deadline. This gives the Conferences Committee time to review the bids and make a decision to be announced at this year's YAPC::NA in Chicago.

Some of the main reasons for making the change include:

  • giving the organizers more time
  • they can gain some exposure and experience with the current year's group
  • easier to publicize and start spreading the word with everyone in the same room

How do you get started? Please review the bidding details at While there, you'll also find links to the venue requirements and the review criteria. Previous bids and announcements can be found with the 'yapc' tag at The Perl Foundation blog.

When making your proposal, in addition to venue information and possible dates, please make sure to include details on airport locations, local public transit (as well as transit to the venue from the airport!), local cultural attractions, and accommodation information. The more information you provide, within reason, the better. Also, please include contact information for the members of your team.

With a June 1st deadline, you have 10 weeks to get your bid completed and submitted to the Conferences Committee. It's a good idea to get your bid submitted early so that we can provide some feedback and allow you to make changes if needed.

Hosting YAPC is a rewarding experience and provides a great opportunity to give back to the Perl community. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your bid!

Send any questions and completed bids to the TPF conferences group: tpf-conferences (at) perl (dot) org

During the period for Call of Grant Proposals were proposed three projects of which none was approved.

Q2 period for Call of grant Proposals will open on 1st April with some news regarding voting process. Stay tunned.

During the last month the Grants Committee changed its composition.
  • Two members stepped out as their professional affairs did not leave time to do a good job at this committee. To them, Hugo van der Sanden and Stas Bekman our sincere thanks for all their dedication during the last years.
  • Two new members stepped in. They are Will "Coke" Coleda and Perrin Harkins. For them our welcomes, and good work on the Grants Committee.
The full list of Grants Committee members is available at The Perl Foundation website.

Newest TPF Members

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I'm happy to announce we've successfully concluded our recent call for new people to fill several vacant positions in TPF. Our newest members are:

  • Karen Pauley, Steering Committee Chair
  • Josh McAdams, Public Relations
  • Jeremy Fluhmann, Conferences Committee Chair

We're very excited to have some new people bring their energy and ideas to the table.

I'd also like to thank Andy Lester, our outgoing PR person, for all of his PR work and contributions to TPF. In addition to his PR work, Andy also organized the Chicago hackathon back in 2006 which got TPF more involved with sponsoring hackathons. And even though Andy is stepping down from his TPF PR role, he continues to serve the Perl community with PR in the form of buzz over at Perlbuzz. Thanks, Andy!

Yesterday, TPF received word from Google that our submission to be a participating organization in the 2008 Google Summer of Code project was accepted.

Our thanks to everyone involved in the application process, but especially to Eric Wilhelm who organized and drove the effort.

We will provide more details here soon.

YAPC::NA::2008 Call for Participation Extended

As reported on the YAPC::NA site, the call for participation has been extended. The original closing date was March 15, but some people asked for an extension and seemed only fair to share the extension with everyone. The new deadline is March 31, 2008.

TPF Support of Artistic License (Jacobsen v. Katzer)

First, I'm not a lawyer and I'm not even particularly well versed in all of the issues surrounding open source licensing, the Artistic License, and copyright law. However, I am a member of The Perl Foundation and part of our mission is to support both versions of the Artistic License.

As many readers of this blog already know, there is a court case in the federal district court in San Francisco which involves code licensed under the Artistic License, version 1. You can find a summary of the Jacobsen v. Katzer case on the JMRI web site. The code is not TPF code, but code created and used by model railroaders. The case is complicated, and includes patent claims and many other issues that have nothing to do with open source. The legal community in general, and the open source legal community specifically, have several reasons to wish for a cleaner case to test these important licensing issues. (At the Gartner Open Source Summit this year, Karen F. Copenhaver, Partner in Choate Hall & Stewart's Business & Technology Group, gave a talk about GPL version 3 and I asked about this case. She rolled her eyes a bit and said it's a very difficult case to comment on.)

My main point in posting is to note that TPF is one of the groups supporting an amicus brief filed in the case to clarify issues surrounding an earlier finding of the court having to do with what kind of remedies might be available to the copyright holder if someone violates Artistic License version 1. The brief is quite interesting and clearly lays out how crucial copyright law is to open source software.

One interesting snippet is offered in response to the argument that there can be no remedy to a copyright holder who chooses not to charge money for their work. It also gives an interesting slant on the role of open source with innovation.

Copyright law does not discriminate in favor of some business models and against others. Those who choose to license their work under conditions designed to increase innovation should not be penalized with inadequate protection and diminished enforcement rights. Rather, they should retain the full array of remedies that other licensors retain.

The brief also notes that "many public licensors forego likely private gain in exchange for a public good -- further innovation around the work being licensed."

Indeed we do, in many different ways. Like it or not, this is clearly an important case and one that required support. And of course our support of this case is made possible by your support of us, so thank you. Domain Re-registered

The site is now re-registered and available again. Actually, it was back up yesterday but with DNS caching it was hard to get to the real site if you'd already tried earlier (at least for me it was). Sorry for any inconvenience. Temporarily Unavailable

If you've recently surfed over to, you'll notice you're not getting the home page you expect. The domain inadvertently expired and we're currently working on renewing it. It turns out the reminders were going to an inactive email account. We're not the first to miss a renewal, but it's an inconvenience nonetheless.

In the meantime, many of the upcoming Perl events are hosted via Act!, and they keep links to active sites on their web page. Thanks to everyone who reported the outage.

Parrot Grant Update for January and February

Parrot releases continue to come out once a month. Version 0.5.2 was released in January. The highlight of 0.5.2 for many is surely the inclusion of a perl6 make target, meaning that you can now take a Parrot release and make yourself a Perl 6 binary in just three easy steps:

  • tar -xvzf parrot-x.x.x.tar.gz
  • cd parrot-x.x.x
  • perl ./
  • make perl6

The end result is a perl6 binary that you can use to play with Perl 6 code. Obviously, this is not a complete Perl 6 implementation yet, but hopefully this will encourage more casual experimentation from folks who might've been intimidated by a more complex process.

Reminder: TPF Nomination Period Ends Tomorrow

This is a reminder that we plan on closing the open self-nomination period for the TPF Steering Committee Chair, Conference Committee Chair, and PR positions tomorrow. If you're on the fence, it's time to decide.

Again, to participate, send me email at cbrandt at perlfoundation dot org and I'll send you an invite to the elections wiki we have set up.

TPF Needs You: Nominations Open for Several TPF Roles

Have you ever wanted to get involved in The Perl Foundation, but didn't know how? Well, now's your chance. I'm pleased to announce open self-nominations for the following TPF roles:

You can follow the links above to read descriptions of each of the positions. If you think you're a good fit for one or more of them, send me an email at cbrandt at perlfoundation dot org. I'll then invite you to a dedicated wiki we have set up just for the election.

Once you join the wiki, you'll set up a page to post all of your experience and answer the questions provided in each section above. The wiki is private, but you'll be able to see the other candidate pages, and they'll see yours.

The deadline to get all of your information in is midnight next Tuesday, March 11. Our committees elect their members, so the Conferences Committee will be voting on the CC chair and the Steering Committee will vote on the chair and PR positions. After we have a chance to look over everyone's information, we vote and select our newest members.

You only have a week, so don't wait too long. I look forward to hearing from you.

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