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Tutorial: More Excellent Plugins for Yum

Last week we learned that Yum supports a robust ecosystem of plugins, and how to find and manage them. Today we look at some good Yum plugins for security, and managing package priorities.

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Report: 715 Open Source Software Applications

Are you wondering what Linux and Free/Open Source software have to offer you? Check out Cynthia Harvey's monster list of 715 FOSS applications for all occasions and all operating systems.

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Blender 2.56 Beta Released

The Blender Foundation says that Blender 2.56 beta is for the most part feature complete and over 440 bugs have been fixed since the 2.55 beta. A very bad bug in "undo" for the Cloth/Fluid sim, discovered the day after the initial release, is slated to be fixed by a...

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Gnucash 2.4.0 Released

The Gnucash 2.4.0 release is out at last. The biggest change in this release is the ability to store its data in an SQL database; SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL are supported. LWN looked at Gnucash 2.4 last May.

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OSI Calls for Scrutiny of CPTN's Patents in Novell Deal

As we recently reported, as Novell folds as an independent company as part of its acquisition by Attachmate, there is a significant patent twist. When Novell put together its deal to be acquired, the deal included the sale of a whopping 882 patents to a consortium backed by Microsoft, and it wasn't until recently that the curtain was raised on who Microsoft's partners in that consortium are. They are Apple, Oracle and EMC--some of the biggest proprietary technology companies on the planet, as is Microsoft. The consortium, called CPTN Holdings LLC, is now gaining some significant scrutiny. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has asked the German Federal Cartel Office to investigate CPTN's patents. According to the statement from OSI: "The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell’s patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction. We found that the German Federal Cartel Office was open to receive comments from the public about this transaction...

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Opinion: Ubuntu Is Not the Only Linux

To many people, Ubuntu is Linux. Which means that their perception, for good or ill, is determined by Ubuntu. Matt Hartley reminds us there is more to Linux than just Ubuntu.

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