Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 17:25 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE On August 4 we discussed the possibility of openSUSE defaulting to KDE during the installation routine. This was raised as a feature request within the openSUSE community, and quickly gained the favour of many, become the most popular request. The openSUSE board and variousother leader within the project have discussed the issue, and have decided that yes, from now on, openSUSE will default to KDE during the installation process.
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RE[2]: Somewhat odd ?
by Bille on Fri 21st Aug 2009 06:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Somewhat odd ?"
Bille
Member since:
2007-05-31

It is an interesting choice though, seeing as this creates really quite a divergence between OpenSuse and Novell's enterprise Linux offerings, which (IIRC) are solely GNOME-based.


SLED defaults to GNOME and there isn't a "desktop selection" page in the installer, but the KDE desktop and apps can be selected as well as or instead of GNOME in the installer's detailed software selection, or post-installation of course. This isn't publicised for complex reasons, but SLE customers tend to know what they are paying for and how to set it up. And Novell provides the same level of enterprise support for KDE.


Still. really this is great news for me as a KDE fan and I think for the power of end users everywhere. Nice one Novell! ;)

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RE[3]: Somewhat odd ?
by KugelKurt on Fri 21st Aug 2009 15:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Somewhat odd ?"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Novell provides the same level of enterprise support for KDE.

Last time I checked, Novell had no interest in improving Kontact at all and groupware is pretty crucial for the enterprise. For example: OpenChange integration for Evolution is pushed, but not for Kontact.
In fact, the full Akonadi port of Kontact is delayed over and over again, because almost nobody is contributing. Now 4.5 is the goal...
What happened about the plan to port Evolution to Akonadi, anyway? Why isn't Novell pursuing that? That way redundancy is fought by using a unified back-end and Evolution and Kontact would benefit equally from new Akonadi resources.

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RE[4]: Somewhat odd ?
by segedunum on Fri 21st Aug 2009 23:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Somewhat odd ?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Last time I checked, Novell had no interest in improving Kontact at all and groupware is pretty crucial for the enterprise.

Given how Groupwise usage has severely declined over the years it really doesn't matter who supports it these days sadly. Novell can barely get Outlook to be a stable client for it nevermind Evolution, whose stability seems to have got steadily worse over the years. Years ago it was a decent e-mail client but the addition of groupware seems to have knocked it out of kilter.

What happened about the plan to port Evolution to Akonadi, anyway? Why isn't Novell pursuing that? That way redundancy is fought by using a unified back-end and Evolution and Kontact would benefit equally from new Akonadi resources.

Well that would seem to be the sensible option for all. If it's one thing the open source desktop needs it is to just stop stupidly duplicating effort when it comes to groupworking off-shoots. Less effort will be required and stability and credibility amongst people that it will actually work will get better.

I would have thought this would have been of some use to Novell because, if anything, Evolution development itself has slowed dramatically from them over the years with a number of layoffs. Mind you, common sense technical decisions have never been Novell's strong point.

Edited 2009-08-21 23:43 UTC

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