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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Dissecting Marketing Droid Talk
by Anonymous on Sat 5th Nov 2005 22:12 UTC
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the eweek article has a few very interesting lines, quoting and paraphrasing Greg Mancusi-Ungaro (novell director of marketing for linux and open source -- ex-ximian, for those who need this info to judge the guy's credibility).

'As for the Evolution e-mail client, "this is a stable, mature product, so we are redeploying its developers to other more strategic projects." However, "It also has a lot of community support, and we plan to leverage it with other e-mail programs like Hula." Novell is making one large strategic change. The GNOME interface is going to become the default interface on both the SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) and Novell Linux Desktop line. (....) "The entire KDE graphical interface and product family will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE," said Mancusi-Ungaro.'

this is all in response to a previous linuxtoday.com opinion piece
[ http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2005-11-04-018-26-OP-SS-... ]
that claimed "Novell Is Chopping Its SUSE Linux Workstation and Desktop Product Line".

"we are redeploying its developers"
in my book, this amounts to a complete disolution of the previously existing Evoluton development group in India. [one bonus point to Mancusi-Ungaro proofing himself as a master of euphemisms.]

"to other more strategic projects"
in my book, this amounts to the complete dropping of any future Evolution support by novell. Evolution once was dubbed as "a strategic cornerstone to conquer the linux desktop market". [one bonus point to Mancusi-Ungaro for clever wording.]

"it also has a lot of community support"
in my book, this amounts to a lame justification for dropping Evolution. as for the substance of the claim: i can't say anything. from a cursory look however, it seems the community support for Evolution isnt quite famous. [one bonus point to Mancusi-Ungaro for clever wording.]

"default interface on both the SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) and Novell Linux Desktop"
in my book, this amounts to the confirmation of the linuxtoday claim which said "Novell Is Chopping Its SUSE Linux Workstation and Desktop Product Line". Or do you see it mentioned? SLES is not "workstation", and NLD is not "SUSE product line". [one bonus point to Mancusi-Ungaro for clever wording.]

"KDE (....) will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE"
in my book, this amounts to saying that novell drops support for kde. novell and suse had made it a big point before that opensuse was not a product, but a project. being an *open* project, it may be well assumed that kde will still be supported there, by the community, not by novell. [one bonus point to Mancusi-Ungaro for clever wording.]


Verdict: Mancusi-Ungaro is a clever marketing guy. most readers would easily fall prey to him.

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