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Google makes Santa Tracker open source on GitHub -- will you fork Santa Claus?

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April Fool's Day is well behind us, so all the pranks should be over, right? I ask because today, Google announces that it is making its Santa Tracker project open source on GitHub. The fact that it is open source is great, but the timing is odd. The last thing I expected to read about in April is friggin' Santa Claus, but here we are.

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today's leftovers

Audiocasts/Shows: GNU World Order, Open Source Security, and LINUX Unplugged

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