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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RE[3]: As far as words go....
by Sabon on Sat 30th Apr 2011 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: As far as words go...."
Sabon
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gfolkert - You are 100% correct.

I've had to use both heavily and MSs directory services are not anywhere near as good as Novells.

The problem with Novell is that they always assumed that the best technology would win and that everyone would play fair.

MS _can't_ play fair. When you don't have as good of a product you can't play nice and expect to win. Especially when your product isn't _anywhere_ near as good as the other companies (and I agree about it still not being anywhere near as good).

So what does MS do?

Lots of things. FUD of course but MS also plays to CEOs egos. I've met too many CEOs that believe that being able to hang around someone rich makes them feel a lot better. It's like having a trophy wife. Hey, if that guy can marry _that_ totally hot woman then he must be really great even though he isn't good looking.

That's how the place where I work moved from GroupWise to Outlook/Exchange and are moving all services from Novell to MS (it's literally on the timeline for 8 years - plus some things are moving to Linux - but not SUSE - from Novell).

Outlook/Exchange is horrible compared to GroupWise. It needs more servers and even doubling them is not enough to have Outlook clients "live". Instead most companies don't have Outlook in "live" mode like GroupWise runs with no problems. Instead they (and we) use cache mode. Pretty pathetic.

Don't get me started about pushing applications (totally different subject than email). With Novell when you tell apps to push you can have them push right now, that second, to as many computers as you want (OK, there are limits). With MS the app doesn't install right away. Instead it install anywhere from four to 24 hours later. And that is "normal". How pathetic.

I could go on and on and on and on and on about how MS is nowhere near as good as Novell. Lemmings will be lemmings though. It's like the merchant who convinces the king that only true royalty can see the material. Since the king doesn't want to appear to be of bad (non royal blood) he lies and says he can see the material and the man sells the king the material.

People talk about Steve Jobs "distortion field". What they don't understand is that Bill Gates has a bigger distortion field and they have no idea how he is serving them **** for years and they are eating it up like crazy thinking they are eating very good food.

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