Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Nov 2005 17:51 UTC, submitted by AdriAn Avila
Novell and Ximian Rumors circulating that Novell is going to kill off its popular Linux desktop lines are completely false. [However,] Novell is making one large strategic change. The GNOME interface is going to become the default interface on both the SLES and Novell Linux Desktop line. KDE libraries will be supplied on both, but the bulk of Novell's interface moving forward will be on GNOME. "The entire KDE graphical interface and product family will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE."
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This is not only a bad day for KDE
by Anonymous on Sat 5th Nov 2005 19:17 UTC
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This is not only a bad day for KDE, it is also a bad day for GNOME. Now the two major Linux companies (RedHat and Novell) have abandoned their home user desktop distributions. Home users can still use Fedora or OpenSUSE, but their is no packaged version, you won't get a manual and there is no official support. Also Sun seems to abandon JDS and there are rumors that Ubuntu has financial problems (but I really don't know if this is actually true).

More and more Linux companies are abandoning the home user versions of their distributions (and this affects both GNOME and KDE) and are focusing on the corporate desktop and servers. This is bad because obviously these companies will also not put resources into projects that are only useful for home users. And most corporate desktop and server software is not really that useful for the average home user.

KDE is affected even less then GNOME by that because it was always more community orientated, while GNOME relies much more on corporate support.

In my opinion the problem is, that the major Linux companies cannot make (enough) money with home user desktops/distributions. Home user desktops/distributions typically come with thousands of software packages on several CDs and all these software packages have to be maintained. On the other hand, a stripped down corporate desktop needs only few packages and can probably be sold for more money.

So this is basically about home users vs. corporate users and not about GNOME vs. KDE. For home users it really doesn't matter much if Novell uses GNOME or KDE on their corporate desktops and servers because these distributions are not aimed at home users and are inappropriate for home users.

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