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And paying developers to develop software just to have to post it on the web for free download might not be on top in their mission statement. As Redhat said recently - OSS needs more volunteers.
Bang goes anything without a working business model then - like Mono.
Since the Suse Desktop was the only linux desktop (anywhere, ever basically) to be very popular and justify its investment via turning over some reasonable revenue then I'd call that an extremely good start for Linux on the desktop. Unfortunately, no one in the open source community really gives that much credit to this sort of thing. That's what matters though.
And therefore it remains to be seen whether it's follow-up product will surpass the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop significantly.
Quite right. I think some realism needs to be injected into some of the silliness of this corporate desktop.
Really, if you doubt the success of the SUSE Linux Professional just come to Germany and watch the huge amount of stores selling those SUSE Professional boxes.
I don't doubt it at all. I've installed it on various PCs (the Personal Edition that is) in businesses and it is incredibly popular with people. I worry that the NLD is going to become an absolute boring pile of crap that individials will not buy, and no one will consider installing in various functions in businesses.
I thought the Personal Edition was actually great as a business desktop as it simply focused on the desktop itself rather than irrelevant surrounding components. If Suse/Novell want a good corporate desktop then they should bring it back and work on it.