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There've beem rumors lately that Novell may adopt a community support model for the non-enterprise SUSE products, rather like Redhat did with Fedora. I'd applaud that, but I'm not holding my breath.
This isn't going to happen any time soon. Suse Linux is the only Linux Desktop distribution that has ever turned a tidy profit. This is just wishful thinking from those in a certain part of Novell .
If there are rumours that Suse Linux will become a community distribution, get it from a Suse spokesperson in first. They probably won't comment though as they're too polite to say that another part of their company is lying about their products.
Suse is still very much a KDE oriented distribution with little in the way of enhancements from Ximian. The NLD will probably have all of the work that Ximian has been doing (heaven knows, they've promised it for long enough) and will provide an option for installing both.
There are two camps in Novell at the moment as Novell is wisely looking at what side will have the greater following for a potential corporate desktop. Massive emphasis is put on the word potential, as I see nothing strategically that is going to make people go for it in a big way.