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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>Novell is emphasizing Mono. They are evangelizing it. They want it to become the de facto application platform.

No, they're not, in any way shape or form - period. Some people wish that to be true, but it just isn't and the notion that it is is just plain laughable. Mono makes no money whatsoever for Novell, and in these layoffs and cuts it is most definitely out of the picture.

Mono was key to their enterprise stragey, Ximian wasn't just a boutique purchase. They wanted customers to be able to transition from MS to Linux easily, at least that was the original spin. They need to compete with Red Hat as an application platform. They've stated time and time again they don't intend to remain a server-based platform relying on network services. They are sponsoring the project, they have developers working on it and they're the only mainstream distro that includes it. Novell doesn't openly dis Java, and they support it, but they won't embrace it.

Of course they're not making money directly on Mono, nobody is. The intent in sponsoring and endorsing is to increase help increase adoption of linux as part of their enterprise strategy.

I can't speak to Novell's ultimate future plans, nobody can at this point, but I have a buddy that works there and when he's out presenting to the channel, mono has been stated as part of their strategy. I'd be very surprised if they wind up totally cutting off sponsorship and funding, and left it to the community to succeed in developing it on their own. If Novell cuts ties with mono it would not bode very well for the project in terms of enterprise legitimacy and may re-ignite the FUD over IP/patent issues.

Anyways, just MHO.

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