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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Kalessin
Member since:
2007-01-18

people still use OpenSuse after they did a deal with the devil?


I have to see anyone give actual evidence that the Novell/Microsoft deal has had any negative impact on Linux - other than bickering over it. I mostly use gentoo these days, but OpenSuSE is still a great distro. It's what I use when I don't want to have to deal with a source-based distro (like at work where I need a stable environment and can't afford to fix much time fixing problems after upgrades).

Of course, you're free to shun OpenSuSE for "making a deal with the devil," but there are plenty of people out there who still use it because they like it and it fits their needs.

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

The only negative effect I see is that it questioned the legality of whether linux infringes on Microsoft's Intellectual Property.

By getting involved in agreements to not to sue each other involving patents and what not it gave Microsoft more clout (true or not, IANAL) that linux does infringe on MS's IP. So politically and legally it just raised some eyebrows.

Technologically speaking, the deal has been has been harmless, in Novell's case it has probably been beneficial.

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