Linked by the_randymon on Mon 7th Jan 2013 17:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian In 2011 Novell sold the SUSE franchise to Attachmate, who has run it since, and a portfolio of patents to a Microsoft consortium. But now Novell shareholders are alleging the deal was cooked, and Novell's board withheld information from another potential bidder to ensure Attachmate would win. From Groklaw: "Party C actually bid a bit higher than Attachmate. But the allegation is that Attachmate was favored with information that Party C was not given". The news doesn't affect Attachmate, who won the bid. But Novell's Board of Directors is going to have some explaining to do.
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I also thought the purchase by Novell was going to be a good thing. But it seems these "big" corporations all seem to lack the spark for innovation and the spirit of determination that makes these projects awesome when they start. In the early days SUSE was pretty darned innovative. Not so much under Novell, who spent most of its time and energy retrofitting its Netware stuff to SUSE instead of developing SUSE. That's what made Attachmate's deal special - they are going to focus on SUSE as a distro (hopefully) instead of using SUSE to benefit some other problem they're facing.

I started with SUSE 7.1 and have liked it since then, but it consistently leaves me just a little disappointed (KDE gets some of the blame too).

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