Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2006 17:43 UTC, submitted by HeLfReZ
Novell and Ximian "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is an all-in-one solution that contains technology innovations and usability breakthroughs including integrated desktop search, accelerated graphical interfaces and numerous application improvements. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop delivers market-leading usability plus an exceptional end user experience with an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn environment. Seamless interoperability and support for standards allows SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to readily coexists with Windows, Mac, Unix and other operating systems." The preview page has some screenshots and a screencast. My take: And there was much rejoicing. I'm seriously looking forward to this release.
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You make great points but I'm a little confused by your saying that they're great for "Keeping them [novell's projects] GPL." What do you mean? I was under the impression that once something is GPL licensed it can never be placed under any other license again.

If you could simply "close the source" (that is change the license mid stream) on something we'd call it BSD. GPL != BSD, and that's why the GPL exists.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...

No, if they obtained the copyrights for the software when they acquired Ximian (for example), they can simply re-release the software with any modifications or improvements under a closed license. The GPL would prevent non-copyright holders from doing the same thing, and it would ensure that the pre-closed source remains available with a GPL license.

Generally speaking, closing source is frowned upon but it's not unprecedented.

BSD would allow anyone to take the code and change the license.

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