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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 48

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opensuse.org: Issue #48 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available, Joe Brockmeier: YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie, and Ben Martin: Debug your shell scripts with bashdb.

OpenSUSE 11.1 RC and KDE 4.1

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blogbeebe.blogspot: The release Thursday of OpenSUSE 11.1 RC 'incited' me to download the KDE-based Open CD version and give it a spin. I've been tracking KDE 4.1 across three distributions (Mandriva 2009, Fedora 10, and OpenSUSE). Kubuntu in any version is one of the worst ways to experience KDE.

openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available

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opensuse.org: The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 is now available. If all goes well, this will be the last testing release before the final 11.1 public release on December 18th.

Also: GNOME backports on openSUSE

openSUSE Sports a New License (Ding dong, the EULA’s dead…)

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zonker.opensuse: Just in time for openSUSE 11.1 RC 1, we’ve finished the new and improved license for openSUSE 11.1. The days of agreeing to a EULA for openSUSE are over!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 47

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Issue #47 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5.1 for PowerPC Released, Fresh Factory Live-CDs, and People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz.

YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!

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opensuse.org: The openSUSE Project and YaST team are happy to announce the winner of the YaST Mascot Contest. After extensive deliberation, the judges have chosen the Aardvark concept, submitted by Klára Cihlářová.

Novell and Open Source Communities

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compiz-fusion.org/~cyberorg: Recently there have been a lot of one sided bashing of Novell’s open source credentials on Planet India. Here is my take on the matter.

SUSE Linux on Supercomputers

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opsamericas.com: Due to Autobuild and now the OpenSUSE Build Service we have been able to build a common code base across many architectures like: x86, x86_64, Power, Itanium and System Z. This gives people the ability to either scale out with commodity processors are scale up with higher power CPUs.

People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz

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opensuse.org: Continuing the last ‘People of openSUSE” interviews with people involved in the openSUSE Board Elections Committee, today we introduce you another member - Vincent Untz. Vincent is a Novell employee working 101% of his time for the openSUSE and GNOME projects, non-stop!

The Microsoft-Novell Linux deal: Two years later

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infoworld.com: Two years ago this month, Microsoft forged its controversial partnership with Novell that, among other things, had the two companies agreeing not to sue each other over intellectual property issues, in part to protect Suse Linux users over any patent litigation from Microsoft. Just how well has that deal worked out?

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