Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Attachmate now owns Novell and therefore, by extension, also owns SUSE and openSUSE. With Oracle currently doing everything in its power to thoroughly destroy what's left of Sun's open source commitments, scepticism abound about the future of SUSE, and more specifically of openSUSE. Attachmate's CEO has answered some questions about the future of SUSE and openSUSE, and as far as words go, it's looking good.
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It's all about management
by Moredhas on Sat 30th Apr 2011 07:07 UTC
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In the right hands, any small project can flourish. In the wrong hands, even Microsoft could disappear virtually overnight. Played correctly, SuSE could replace Ubuntu as the entry level distro (when I started using Linux, it was in fact recommended to me over Ubuntu, which at the time was 5.04, Hoary Hedgehog or Warty Warthog, I forget which). Played correctly, it can serve the higher level users at the same time.

With Canonical too busy telling users what they want, rather than asking, Attachmate could find themselves with a lot of new users. Exactly what value this would be to them, how they want to monetize, I don't know, but there's definitely potential for becoming the dominant entry-level distro; and increasingly, people aren't leaving the entry-level behind. They get comfortable there. I'd personally like them to utilise some of the good work done on Plasma and release a good tablet build of SuSE alongside their desktop offerings. Even if only a handful of people use it now, it's a growing market, and will be increasingly important in the coming years. A strong focus on feature parity between x86 and ARM will be important, too, I think. With Windows 8 being able to run on ARM processors, we'll probably see a lot of ARM netbooks, tablets, and even light desktops out in the world, and from my brief (by no means thorough) Googling, ARM can be a pain in the ass for Linux users.

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