Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 10:24 UTC
Novell and Ximian Obviously, Linux vendors will not remain untouched by the economic downturn. Novell has already announced a number of lay offs, and the openSUSE Linux division has not been spared. openSUSE board members Pascal Blesser and Bryen Yunashko announced the lay offs.
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RE: Ironic
by moleskine on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:56 UTC in reply to "Ironic"
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I think a few folks pointed out at the time that the Novell article you mention was boosterism since the growth in their Linux business till left them trailing miles and miles behind Red Hat and not, one presumes, in the position Novell intended to be in when they acquired SuSE. It's one thing to be in second place but another to be in second place by a factor of about 4 to 1.

I really doubt how much of a community can ever really form around a commercial distro. Obviously there are communities around them, but when push comes to shove it's the business and not the community that calls the shots. If the business takes a hit and starts to withdraw funding or change the terms on which it operates, one wonders how strong the community will turn out to be. If OpenSuSE was put up for sale, stand-alone, how much it would be worth?

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