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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Given NOvell's Ximian investment, plus their 100% backing of Mono, I don't see them moving to KDE anytime soon.

Show me the money, as they say. Despite Novell's much vaunted support of Mono I don't see it used very much at all in any of Novell's administration tools or development kits across their range of paying products. They might have written some stuff for .Net on Windows but that's not the same thing. It just seems to be a vain, hopeful addition so that some people will move their .Net applications and run Novell's Linux, and few of those will need GTK, Gnome and GTK#. They've written a music player, a photo application and a soon-to-be completely replaced indexing and search system with it and that's about it. I'm sure Novell, GTK and Gnome would survive without those things.

Mono has bought them very, very little.

There would be too much involved really to move to it..

They already do use it and it already is supported because they ship it. They also still support SLES and other customers where it certainly was the default. There's little to tie Novell to Gnome because they have a pretty much non-existant developer and application base with it. One might ask why.

...and would have to go through an extensive testing period.

They already ship it, have done for years and that testing process is already in place. What's being discussed here is a default for focus given the stagnation that we have right now. That's a different thing.

Sled is not going to move to KDE, so neither will OpenSUSE.

SLED is an insignificant little enterprise desktop distribution that isn't raking in any money because there is no differentiator and nothing to get excited about whatsoever. Do the maths.

...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...

Why would that be when KDE 4 and Qt 4 supports ATK/AT-SPI? I always have a bit of a chuckle when people start scraping the barrel for things like accessibility, which while certainly important, is a fairly insignificant piece of the jigsaw when compared with what your desktop actually does.

People care about what your desktop does, and that means functionality and applications. If you don't have those things then nobody wants to use you and that's a far bigger mountain to climb than any accessibility regulations.

Edited 2009-08-04 22:30 UTC

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