Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 19:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Novell and Ximian Novell has been pretty much for sale for six months, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Novell's Linux business may be bought by VMware. Novell's other assets, which includes Novell Netware, will then be bought by a private-equity backed software company called Attachmate Corp.
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Notes on a potential VMware purchase of SUSE
by znmeb on Sun 19th Sep 2010 22:38 UTC
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I'm a huge fan of openSUSE, the openSUSE Build Service and SUSE Studio. I've built three appliances, I run openSUSE 11.3 on my workstation and laptop, and I'm hoping whoever buys SUSE will increase investment in these technologies, not kill them. From what I've read, VMware isn't the only potential acquirer, and some of the other names I've heard seem more likely to kill it off as a competitor rather than invest in it. So I'm on the lookout for a plan B, just in case.

"It'll be interesting to see how VMware is going to handle SUSE. I think SUSE lost most of its shine due to the rather schizophrenic approach by Novell (pushing GNOME so hard), so hopefully, VMware will be able to polish it up a bit."

Well, I don't think that's quite accurate. I can't speak about SLES or SLED - I don't use them - but openSUSE has since 11.2 made the KDE desktop the default, not GNOME. And all of the desktops - KDE, GNOME, LXDE, XFCE and even IceWM - integrate nicely, they all have an "openSUSE branding", and they all "make sense" to a Windows user in a way that most of the other community distros' desktops don't. Novell's integration with and Firefox is nice, too. In any event, they certainly don't "push GNOME" and they certainly don't seem "schizophrenic" to me.

But really - it's the release engineering, the build service and the SUSE Studio that have me sold on openSUSE. Please, VMware, if you do buy this, invest in it, don't kill it!

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." - Paul Erdos

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