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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> Mono was key to their enterprise stragey, Ximian wasn't
> just a boutique purchase.

Actually the majority of Open Source people I met so far asked what the intend of Novell was to buy Ximian. The majority of people came to the conclusion that Novell didn't knew what they bought. They seem to realize now - now when it start to be too late.

> They wanted customers to be able to transition from MS
> to Linux easily, at least that was the original spin.

That's a honourable thing to do but as long as the licensing issue with MONO is not cleared - people still avoid MONO and fear being sued by Microsoft for violating patents and other things. Personally it's easier to have sex with a lion rather than having to deal with Microsoft. It's cheaper to purchase a QT license for commercial use from Trolltech including great support, rather than dealing with 20 MS lawyers and committing suicide after that because you can't pay what they ask - only because you use patent violating software like MONO. Wasn't there a reason why Novell wanted to sell customer protection services (insurance) in case Microsoft wants to chop off your noodle for patent infrigment ?

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