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Novell buys open source firm SiteScape

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bizjournals.com: Novell Inc. reports it has purchased Maynard-based developer of open-source team collaboration software SiteScape Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 9

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Issue nine of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2 is out, openSUSE Membership Now Open for Applications, and In Planet SUSE: Lightning-fast package management for 11.0, Command-line 1-Click-Install.

fast package management

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duncan.mac-vicar.com: We have been working hard to get package management stack changes in so we can have them in one of the next alphas. This new level of performance would allow us to bring package management on openSUSE not to the smart or yum level, but a complete new generation ahead.

Novell: Ready to Buy

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businessweek.com: Novell, the struggling software maker once among the computer industry's best known names, is trying to reclaim relevance through an embrace of open-source software and a détente with onetime rival Microsoft. Now, having stemmed a multiyear revenue decline and beefed up its balance sheet, Novell plans to start acquiring smaller software companies in a quest for growth.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 8

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Issue eight of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! Highlights include openSUSE Welcomes Zonker, Applications for openSUSE Membership Now Open, and Upcoming: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2, this Thursday.

KDE Quickies: KDE 4.0.1, openSUSE Live CD, New KDE Repository Layout

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news.opensuse.org: Just in time for the KDE 4.0.1 release, the openSUSE KDE team has updated the KDE 4 packages in the Build Service to the KDE 4.0.1 state, featuring several improvements over the plain KDE 4.0.1 release and including further integration fixes.

OpenSUSE's new tech evangelist spells it out

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computerworlduk.com: Novell has joined the trend in appointing a community manager for its SUSE Linux distribution. Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier spells out what it is all about.

DLS Interview: openSUSE's new Community Manager, Joe Brockmeier

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downloadsquad.com: Today, Novell announced that Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier is taking the reins as openSUSE's Community Manager. Those familiar with the open source world might recognize Joe from his work with various Linux and free software publications. We recently got the chance to talk with Joe about Linux, Novell, and the direction openSUSE (and open source) is headed.

openSUSE Welcomes Zonker - The New Community Manager

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news.opensuse.org: I’d like to give a warm welcome to Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier who joins the openSUSE project as “openSUSE community manager”.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 7

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The seventh issue of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS, Sax2 ported to Qt4, and Open Source Meets Business, with openSUSE attendees, kicks off.

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