News from the Convention:White Camel Awards to be presented at the Open Source Cajun Soiree on Monday, August 23, at 6:00p.m. The first White Camel Awards will be presented to "unsung heroes" of the Perl community at the Open Source Cajun Soiree in the Custom House Plaza Tent. The Awards will be presented to three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Perl Advocacy, Perl User Groups, and the Perl Community. Each award comes with a cash prize of $3000.
The White Camel Awards were created by Perl Mongers, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to establish Perl user groups. The awards are sponsored by Perl Mongers, O'Reilly & Associates, and i sourceXchange, a web-based marketplace for Open Source development.
The rare white camel, prized by desert-dwellers, is the inspiration for the White Camel Awards. The camel has come to symbolize Perl since it first appeared on the cover of O'Reilly & Associates' classic Programming Perl in 1991.
Perl Mongers Launch New SitePerl Mongers announces the launch of a new Perl advocacy site. This site has a section specially tailored for journalists, including a Perl Fact Sheet, Perl industry contacts, a Perl glossary, and a short history of Perl.
XOC, Inc. Releases Source Code for Hypertext SystemTed Nelson will announce on August 23, at the O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention, that the source code for two implementations of his legendary hypertext system are available to software developers. XOC, Inc.--formerly Xanadu Operating Company--released the code and will serve as the focal point for continuing development and application of these powerful hypertext systems.
ActiveState Alpha Release of Perl 5.6 workActiveState Tool Corp will be releasing an Alpha snapshot of their Perl 5.6 work for the Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 platforms at the Perl Conference. The work features support for globalization on Microsoft platforms and paves the way for Perl globalization support on other platforms. In the past year, the ActivePerl build of Perl for the Windows environment has been downloaded over 2.6 million times from ActiveState's web page.
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