Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 10:24 UTC
Novell and Ximian Obviously, Linux vendors will not remain untouched by the economic downturn. Novell has already announced a number of lay offs, and the openSUSE Linux division has not been spared. openSUSE board members Pascal Blesser and Bryen Yunashko announced the lay offs.
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Ironic
by danieldk on Tue 24th Feb 2009 17:29 UTC
danieldk
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2005-11-18

I find this slightly ironic, given that the previous Novell-related headline was (yes, I know that revenue is not profit, but their Linux division seems to provide most promise for the future):

"Novell Reports Leap in Linux Revenues"

From that article:

The strongest revenues, however, were found elsewhere in the company: Novell's Linux business sky-rocketed in revenue by 33 percent, to 195 million USD - which is a big chunk of the total of 243 million.


Sometimes nasty things happen. E.g. once Sun opensourced Solaris, they fired some of their operating system engineers, apparently hoping that some productivity could be replaced by 'for-free' community participants (at least, that would be my interpretation). And Novell has some history here as well (AppArmor?).

Edited 2009-02-24 17:30 UTC

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RE: Ironic
by moleskine on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:56 in reply to "Ironic"
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2005-11-05

I think a few folks pointed out at the time that the Novell article you mention was boosterism since the growth in their Linux business till left them trailing miles and miles behind Red Hat and not, one presumes, in the position Novell intended to be in when they acquired SuSE. It's one thing to be in second place but another to be in second place by a factor of about 4 to 1.

I really doubt how much of a community can ever really form around a commercial distro. Obviously there are communities around them, but when push comes to shove it's the business and not the community that calls the shots. If the business takes a hit and starts to withdraw funding or change the terms on which it operates, one wonders how strong the community will turn out to be. If OpenSuSE was put up for sale, stand-alone, how much it would be worth?

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