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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RE[3]: Why Opensuse?
by kaiwai on Tue 24th Feb 2009 22:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why Opensuse?"
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Like most companies such as Novell, they never lay off the people who they should lay off in the right departments - until they realise that there is no one left to do any actual work that pulls in the money.

Its always interesting to see who gets the cut. It reminds me of when Sun was doing some downsizing. Was it in the management? marketing? sales? was their reduction in pointless offices located in the middle of no where? was there a move to a more centralised approach? nope - they started firing their top minds - their engineers, programmers and researchers.

I'm no programmer or engineer (my interest is in the management side of the equation) but I do realise that they (the programmers, engineers, researchers etc) are the Geese who lay golden eggs, without them you have no products, you have no competitive edge and you most certainly will have no innovative approaches to give you a leap ahead or a new product range.

If OpenSuSE had reached perfection and thus there were a whole lot of programmers sitting around not knowing what to do - then sure, get rid of them, they're surplus to what the business needs. The reality is that OpenSuSE is far from perfection and needs all the man power and leadership that it can muster.

Take HAL, as mentioned in a previous article regarding VectorLinux, there is a known issue regarding the inefficiency of polling - why aren't some of these programmers who are going to be laid off assigned to working on this issue? it's not only beneficial to OpenSuSE but also Novell by way of making SLED 10 more laptop friendly in reference to energy efficiency - thus able to more effectively target the enterprise desktop.

Then again, here is me thinking in terms of practicality and long term issues rather thsn short term 'save a few bucks' that the MBA wizkids think in.

Edited 2009-02-24 22:24 UTC

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