Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Attachmate now owns Novell and therefore, by extension, also owns SUSE and openSUSE. With Oracle currently doing everything in its power to thoroughly destroy what's left of Sun's open source commitments, scepticism abound about the future of SUSE, and more specifically of openSUSE. Attachmate's CEO has answered some questions about the future of SUSE and openSUSE, and as far as words go, it's looking good.
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As far as words go....
by runjorel on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:37 UTC
runjorel
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2009-02-09

I tend to get nervous though when companies split up business units like this, but my fear comes from what I remember with Palm when they separated their hardware and software divisions. This is a completely different case and in fact Suse/OpenSuse was on its own entity at one point before Novell stepped in. I fear when businesses separate acquisitions into subsidiaries like this, they are merely separating high risk business units away from the main company's financials so that it's easier to close shop and not affect the main business financials if it fails.

But like Thom said, compared to Oracle's way of doing things, I really appreciate how Attachmate is allowing Suse/OpenSuse to operate like business as usual.

Edited 2011-04-29 22:40 UTC

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RE: As far as words go....
by Elv13 on Sat 30th Apr 2011 00:03 in reply to "As far as words go...."
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

SUSE is the profitable part, Novell is the high risk business. Netware, even if it still considered the best Unix by some IT pools, is dead. eDirectory lost to MSAD, the network part is unseen in recent serveur room. Whats left? Novell tried to save itself by becomming a new RedHat, but failed to deliver in most case and the "Open" part of SUSE came too late (SuSE 10.2 -> OpenSUSE 10.2). The way they handled locals partners to is a failure too (welcome to our big family! We promise you contract if you help us push our product deeper in your city, now, eat our dusts). Just like with eDirectory, it seem that of their "open" project are missing some bits of code to make them work fine on other Linux (Mono with the codecs, Suse studio, built system and others).

Overall, I hope a SUSE separated from Novell with enough financial backing/trust from the parent company is a good thing to get rid of the old mentality, even if SuSE never had a clean record in the first place.

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RE[2]: As far as words go....
by BluenoseJake on Sat 30th Apr 2011 03:45 in reply to "RE: As far as words go...."
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Netware is not Unix, not by a long shot.

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RE[2]: As far as words go....
by gfolkert on Sat 30th Apr 2011 14:16 in reply to "RE: As far as words go...."
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2008-12-15

Here is a quote I fully believe and completely backup:

Novell's Directory Services is a competitive product to Microsoft's Active Directory in much the same way that the Saturn V is a competitive product to those dinky little model rockets that kids light off down at the playfield. -- Thane Walkup

I'm an NCE from the 2.x through 5.x years... Bindery was very good... NetWare v4.0 and 4.01 were complete and utter shiitake. I went through upgrades and nobody really understood a "directory service" about 4.10 they got it right. 4.11 was superior and it just went on from there. NetWare was by far the best File and Print services system at the time and GroupWise v5.5 turned out to be a far better e-mail system than Exchange ever was (and still it IMO... Exchange sucks in comparison). I just weep at the MSAD success, while NDS/eDir just laid down and fell over.

Its really STILL is a much better Directory Service, just that nobody uses it for anything more than an LDAP server on steroids now.

Oh well. lets move on. MSAD is shit, it has so many limitations "Per Forest" and "Per Tree" its not even funny. Collisions can and do still happen all the time. The replication between servers is shit (compared to eDir's method) and MSAD's replication is crap compared to slapd and slurpd.

Ok, so enough of MSAD being a crap... YUM, I love its taste... as long as I can wash it down with significant amounts of Dark Rum.

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RE[2]: As far as words go....
by ecruz on Sat 30th Apr 2011 18:42 in reply to "RE: As far as words go...."
ecruz Member since:
2007-06-16

I am just wondering where you get your information from. Show me anywhere that mentions that Novell Suse Linux business is profitable?
You can go back as far as 2009 through today and Suse Linux has not made a profit for Novell. If you find something to the contrary, post it here as an update.

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