Persistent rumors have Google scheduling an event for Tuesday to launch its new Nexus One mobile phone. Engadget was even fortunate enough [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/02/exclusive-google-nexus-one-hands-on-video-and-first-impressio/"]to procure one[/URL] ahead of the launch. Whenever Google makes it official, it's clearly an impressive looking device, but ever since I heard about Google manufacturing its own phone, a thought has been nagging at me: Why do it and what are the company's goals in creating its own branded phone? [B]Why Throw Your Partners Under the Bus?[/B] When Google announced a mobile phone operating system, it made sense to me. It could create a portal of sorts …

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It's been almost a year since I[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220028.html"] last interviewed [/URL] Joe 'Zonker' [URL="http://www.dissociatedpress.net/"]Brockmeier[/URL], who is the community manager at [URL="http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.2"]openSUSE[/URL]. I sent him several questions to answer by email. I was curious about the new version of openSUSE, 11.2, along with his increasing use of social media to promote it. I also wanted to know how people curious about open source operating systems could get started. [B]RM[/B]: What are some of the key features in the new version of openSUSE? [B]JZB[/B]: Free beer! No, wait... that didn't make it into this release, except at the openSUSE conference, where we did …

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