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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But SLED is the raison d'ĂȘtre for OpenSUSE, no matter how much community participants may protest or deny that reality.

The problem for Novell there though is that SLED is insignificant junk. It's not doing anything that any other distribution isn't doing, there is no installed application base, there is no means of getting one, developing anything for it (a must in all those 'enterprise environments people bang on about) is a PITA and there is nothing there that is competing with what Windows or OS X is doing today and will do tomorrow. They've even managed to f--k up the sound stack right up to the desktop and applications like every other distributor. SLED, as it is today, is an insignificant joke like every other 'enterprise' desktop distribution.

It makes sense for your community participants to wake you up to that reality and let you know how people on the ground feel no matter how safe you might feel by declaring a 'default'. Hell, show us the users of SLED, because a damnsight more use OpenSuse I'll bet and they're the only ones saying anything.

It makes no sense for OpenSUSe to have a default desktop which is totally unsuitable for SLED.

Heh. Show us the applications. Show us the developer technology to produce those applications. Show us the resolution independence. Show us the features that will convince all those 'enterprise' users to use it rather than Windows or OS X. Those are the only things that matter if you actually want people to use your desktop.

People can bitch, scream and hide behind the words 'professional', 'usability' and 'accessibility' all they want but the current defaults just aren't getting the job done and what's 'unsuitable' obviously needs a reevaluation. That's the reality today.

Edited 2009-08-04 17:40 UTC

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