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What is Code ?


It's what programmers make, and what software is made out of. It is writen in many languages; C++, Basic, java, perl, python, Ruby, php, shell scripting to name a few.
Code is the currency of the Free Software movement.

Like the works of any author, code is automatically copywritten, and the creator has the right to allow, or dis-allow use of the material, by attaching restrictions and/or terms of use. Open Source refers to a license that grants almost unlimited use; to copy, use, modify, sell and distribute. What's the catch ? To comply with the most common open source licensing terms (GPL) you can do anyhing you like with the material, but if you change it, and then re-distribute it, you must make your source code freely available, for others to copy, modify, sell, whatever, under the same terms.


Fedora 11 Release Party

Fedora 11

Sorry for the incredibly short notice, but this evening at 6 PM at linuxcaffe, we'll be hosting a Fedora 11 release party.

New features will be demonstrated and discussed. DVDs and CDs will be burned. USB sticks will be turned into bootable images with optional persistent storage. Food and drinks will be consumed. Good times will be had by all :)

Django wranglers round-up

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Django is a python-based web-framework. Django users are web-developers who want to get something done. A django user-group meeting is where these come together.

PyGTA monthly meeting

PyGTA, Toronto's python programming language enthusiasts, will be gathing at linuxcaffe, as usual. This months mission is to define PyGTAs mission ! Oh, they'll be talking about Toronto and python, too. There's no admission fee and all are welcome.

Mixxx Meetup


Mixxx is an open source DJ tool designed for both professional and amateur DJs alike. Mixxx allows DJs to mix music live with a clean, simple interface. Futhermore, Mixxx has a number of key features to help DJs in the mix: Beat estimation, parallel visual displays, and support for various DJ hardware controllers.

The developers of this software are getting together to celebrate first major update in more then a year.
Join them to meet, eat, and scratch out some beats to celebrate the newest release of the world's best free DJ software: Mixxx 1.6.0!

Toronto Lisp meetup

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Lisp (or LISP) is a family of computer programming languages with a long history and a distinctive, fully parenthesized syntax. Users of this venerable language will be gathering at linuxcaffe on Thursday (Aug 7th) to exchange ideas and hack around.

Fedora 9 release party

The community-based linux distribution, Fedora, is about to release version 9, and developers and enthusiasts will be having a get-together at linuxcaffe, to celebrate. Fedora is the free and open development branch of Red Hat, and it's really really good ! The party is open to anyone, so come on down and share in the revelry.

We got bots !

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Just for the fun of it, we've been playing with IRC bots.

Don't worry, these ones are tame, and not the sort that go out and infest Windows machines to send a bajillion spams. These ones can do important and useful things, like play Russian roulette and insult each other ! If you want to see what I'm going on about, fire up an IRC client, or just use ours, from the "chat" page.

OLPC Game Jam Weekend

The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) is a wonderful little computer that is being deployed around the planet to give under-privileged kids a chance at the connected world.

A Game Jam is where games developers gather for an intensive session to go from concept to product, in a very short time frame.

If you like games development, programing in python, or just think it might be fun to find out more about what makes this unique hardware platform tick, c'mon down.

Ardour workshop, with Ben Powers


Ardour is a linux-based Digital Audio Workstation capable of professional-grade multi-track recording and post-production.