Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 23rd Oct 2005 03:27 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell is expected to initiate a major round of layoffs that could cut 1000 or more jobs in an attempt to restore the server software company's financial strength, according to employees familiar with the plan.
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Novell still has serious problems in linux market
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redhat made the move to differentiate fedora before opensuse. with ubuntu coming on strong, who is left to bother with opensuse?

Not everybody wants to use Ubuntu. It still has a lot of short comings in my opinion. As mentioned by others, a GUI installer, a tool such as YAST or drakconf and a lot of other features are missing. Its a good distro, but highly overrated because it doesn't offer anything that you can't get on other distros (except free shipment of cd's).

SUSE doesn't have the plethora of Debian software to call on, doesn't have a proper dependency management system (although Smart is coming), and doesn't have a particularly strong community.

YAST does dependency checking and resolution, plus there is apt4rpm, yum and smart to choose from. I think suse can develop a community around opensuse. There seems to have been a lot of interest in the testing releases of 10.0 as well as the official 10.0 release.

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YAST does dependency checking and resolution, plus there is apt4rpm, yum and smart to choose from.

In terms of officially supported tools, 10.0 has YaST for manual installation (ie. you have to click lots) and yum for automagic CLI installs - but no convergence between the two tools. The rest is third party at the moment. Basically, it's a mess.

Don't get me wrong, though, it's getting better - I was mainly pointing out some flaws in SUSE in an attempt to be reasonable to Ubuntu. Each distro has its strengths and weaknesses.

I think suse can develop a community around opensuse. There seems to have been a lot of interest in the testing releases of 10.0 as well as the official 10.0 release.

I agree 100%. At the moment, things aren't that good, which was my point.

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You can add rpm repos to YAST just like you would do to apt an yum. YAST will install packages from these sources (local or online) with automatic dependency resolution so there is no need to use apt or yum unless you want to instal packages that are not available in the YAST sources. The software module in YAST is not as good as urpmi, apt or yum but its still a reasonably ok tool that could do with some improvement.

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