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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RE[2]: Cry Wolf - Yet Again
by segedunum on Sun 6th Nov 2005 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Cry Wolf - Yet Again"
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When you actually have a reasonable response to this give me a reply rather than cowardly modding down comments. That's not what the guidelines at OSNews state:

The statements in that article are made by a former Ximian Director of Marketing who really has nothing to do with Suse, the server people or are privy to what any of them are doing or the direction they're going. I don't give them much weight. Let's see what Suse continues to do, because most Novell and Suse employees and customers use KDE.

Also notice that he was never actually quoted as saying they were moving to Gnome - there's certainly no quote marks around the statement. It's something the author has put in. This is a well worked PR tactic from the past. You imply something and let the author run away with it. If you're questioned about it then you can say you were quoted totally out of context.

This happened a lot around the time of the Suse acquisition. There was one such article about Suse moving ('tightly stitched' in their words) all their distros to Ximian Desktop 2 before the ink was even dry on the deal. Remind me to ask the Ximian Desktop team how things are going.

Since they've laid off an awful lot of Gnome people this just doesn't add up at all, and seems like the usual PR spin a manager puts on things when his department (or clique) has been taken to the cleaners. It's also not possible. Novell and Suse's products use YaST, and currently use KDE in SLES and OES and things will need to be seriously rearchitected if that were to change. They still need to be supported as well.

These people are continually full of the brown stuff, and consistently so. You lot really do have minds like goldfish. We'll have to wait a few months to see what really happens.

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