Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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SLED ultimately provides the direction for OpenSuse (however you want to capitalise that), and what goes into it technology-wise.

Given that Novell's default desktop move a few years ago for SLED, and ultimately OpenSuse, has done zilch for Novell and has probably held them back, zilch for desktop Linux in general and has just labelled them as a Red Hat wannabe then it's a question certainly worth asking given OpenSuse's userbase. There's just no differentiator that will get people, and customers, interested over Red Hat or even Ubuntu. At a time when the haemorrhaging of Netware customers shows no signs of slowing they need to come up with differentiators that will get Windows Server admins interested and actually create a desktop Linux market.

There must also still be a fair few paying customers and a use for KDE at Novell because they still employ some pretty competent KDE people. The complete Gnome switchover at Novell doesn't appear to have happened how some people imagined it a few years ago. We just appear to have got complete stagnation.

Edited 2009-08-04 15:25 UTC

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