Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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KDE4 and Novell... like oil and water
by darknexus on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:23 UTC
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Given NOvell's Ximian investment, plus their 100% backing of Mono, I don't see them moving to KDE anytime soon. There would be too much involved really to move to it, as a good deal of Novell's other technologies would have to have more bindings and the like for KDE and would have to go through an extensive testing period. It would be more trouble for NOvell than it would be worth, considering that OpenSUSE is to SLED as Fedora is to RHEL. Sled is not going to move to KDE, so neither will OpenSUSE.
Too, given they have several developers employed to work on accessibility features such as those for Mono and other GNOME technologies, it wouldn't make sense from that perspective either... and if they ever hope to have U.S government contracts, they need to keep their system accessible (or at least accessible enough). KDE would be a non-starter when you add that into the equation on top of everything else already.

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