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[6]: As far as words go....
by TemporalBeing on Mon 2nd May 2011 21:29 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: As far as words go...."
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"[q]The Novell Client for Windows is one of the buggiest pieces of shit I have ever seen.

Yes, Microsoft has always made sure of that though various changes in the underlying GSSAPI interfaces, etc. Novell could certainly win an Anti-trust suite against them on the matter if they ever tried. Sadly, they never have tried and Attachmate probably won't try either.

I'm sure that in the 10 years XP has been supported, or the 5 years that Vista has been supported, or the 2 that Windows 7 has been supported, Novell might have been able, at some point to put out a workable client. They haven't been able to.

This argument is just excuses, and nothing more. The api hasn't changed between SPs, just major releases. Nice troll though. [/q]

Actually, MS did change it between XP SP2 and SP3. I believe they may have adjusted it between SP1 and SP2 as well. I was researching at the time SP3 came out (trying to hook into GSSAPI for authentication), and the changes were quite substantial.

Can't say anything per Vista/Win7 - though they had a dramatically different GSSAPI than XP did, from what I understand while Vista was in beta.

MS has been known for a long time - going all the way back to NT4 - for sabotaging the various systems that try to use the GSSAPI to do things like eDirectory/GroupWise so that their Domain system (now ADS) looks to be superior. Many just gave up and just piggy-backed on DC/ADS authentication (essentially capitulating to MS) - Novell with eDirectory was about the last ones to continue it to the depth they did.

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