Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Nov 2005 17:51 UTC, submitted by AdriAn Avila
Novell and Ximian Rumors circulating that Novell is going to kill off its popular Linux desktop lines are completely false. [However,] Novell is making one large strategic change. The GNOME interface is going to become the default interface on both the SLES and Novell Linux Desktop line. KDE libraries will be supplied on both, but the bulk of Novell's interface moving forward will be on GNOME. "The entire KDE graphical interface and product family will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE."
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One desktop goal
by Dark_Knight on Sat 5th Nov 2005 19:06 UTC
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Really developers focusing on one desktop is better for end users as it offers yet another standard for the Linux community to follow. Though I admit I was hoping Novell would focus on KDE for a few reasons. Such as Gnome looking more like OSX with it's toolbar at the top of the screen unlike KDE where it's familiar to Windows users (the main competition) being at the bottom of the screen. Also Gnome's GUI with default icons seems more of an outdated look than what consumers expect to see in a commercial distribution. I must say I'm a little confused about the comment that they'll still offer KDE with OpenSUSE. Is this a "just in case" Novell move to see how the KDE desktop progresses over time with projects such as http://plasma.kde.org/ ? It would of been nice for Novell to post an online poll for their customers to see what desktop they would prefer. This at least would not cause customers to be upset and consider other companies. The other option is for the information to be sent back to Novell which desktop GUI the end user selects during installation of SUSE Linux. Over at LinuxForum.com it's apparent with their KDE vs Gnome poll which consumers prefer http://www.linuxforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=115995

Edited 2005-11-05 19:19

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RE: One desktop goal
by on Sat 5th Nov 2005 19:13 in reply to "One desktop goal"
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It would of been nice for Novell to post an online poll for their customers to see what desktop they would prefer.

They alread did, I remember reading an interview with a Suse spokeperson and he said that the vast majority of their customers wanted KDE.
Novell's move seems really dumb to me. They have thousands of paying customers. Imagine when they'll come in and say "we're sorry, but you have to train again all your employees because from now on we only support Gnome". What do you think these companies do? Switch to Gnome to please Novell or look for another supplier?
This is so dumb that I can't think it's true. Gnomedesktop.org posted an announcemnt like this, but after a while it got removed. Maybe they know something we don't (yet)?

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RE[2]: One desktop goal
by on Sun 6th Nov 2005 03:27 in reply to "RE: One desktop goal"
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i have reading this interview too... surely this customer will switch on another linux kde distribution... surely mandriva...

i will do the switch

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RE: One desktop goal
by rm6990 on Sat 5th Nov 2005 21:36 in reply to "One desktop goal"
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2005-07-04

Really developers focusing on one desktop is better for end users as it offers yet another standard for the Linux community to follow. Though I admit I was hoping Novell would focus on KDE for a few reasons. Such as Gnome looking more like OSX with it's toolbar at the top of the screen unlike KDE where it's familiar to Windows users (the main competition) being at the bottom of the screen. Also Gnome's GUI with default icons seems more of an outdated look than what consumers expect to see in a commercial distribution. I must say I'm a little confused about the comment that they'll still offer KDE with OpenSUSE. Is this a "just in case" Novell move to see how the KDE desktop progresses over time with projects such as http://plasma.kde.org/ ? It would of been nice for Novell to post an online poll for their customers to see what desktop they would prefer. This at least would not cause customers to be upset and consider other companies. The other option is for the information to be sent back to Novell which desktop GUI the end user selects during installation of SUSE Linux. Over at LinuxForum.com it's apparent with their KDE vs Gnome poll which consumers prefer

Yes, because all businesses (which is what NLD and SLES is aimed at) take polls on LinuxForum.com. I'm sure the CEO of these companies says "Holy shit, another poll on a geek site. Get one of our IT staffers on this right now!!! Tell him to choose KDE". These polls are for home users, which is exactly what OpenSUSE is aimed at, and why it still includes KDE.

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