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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The facts
by Shetil on Sat 5th Nov 2005 23:02 UTC
Shetil
Member since:
2005-11-05

- Novell was not making money on SUSE
- Novell have invested a lot of effort in Mono
- Novell are bulding a large Mono stack for Gnome
- Novell had to cut costs

You can complain as much as you like, but that will not change the situation.

So instead lets focus on what needs to be done with Gnome:
- Performance has to be better
- Media files needs to work
- More eye candy!
- More and better System GUI tools
- Firefox and Gecko needs to improve
- Usability, usability, usability

There is one big BUT in the Gnome camp, and that is the use of Mono. Red Hat are not thrilled and Novell are manic about the development platform. Will the community fork?

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RE: The facts
by segedunum on Sun 6th Nov 2005 00:58 in reply to "The facts"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Novell was not making money on SUSE

Yes it was, because Suse was making money.

Novell have invested a lot of effort in Mono

Which creates zero revenue.

Novell are bulding a large Mono stack for Gnome

Not that I can see, and they're certainly not using it if there is one. And no, one or two applications here and there doesn't count.

Novell had to cut costs

Well done.

So instead lets focus on what needs to be done with Gnome:
- Performance has to be better
- Media files needs to work
- More eye candy!
- More and better System GUI tools
- Firefox and Gecko needs to improve
- Usability, usability, usability


Which costs serious amounts of developer time, resources and money - all of which Novell has just fired in order to cut serious costs. For crying out bloody loud, where do you people think all of this comes from to fund this stuff? It doesn't come out of thin air! Novell does not exist in order to pump its own resources and money into something so you little fanboys can use software and develop everything for free. Reality bites.

Get this. Novell does not have the money or resources to do absolutely any of the above, and it certainly doesn't any more. Get real.

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RE[2]: The facts
by on Sun 6th Nov 2005 01:14 in reply to "RE: The facts"
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> Novell does not have the money or resources to do
> absolutely any of the above, and it certainly doesn't
> any more.

Not just that, have a look at their current stocks:

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=NOVL&t=1d

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RE: The facts
by rm6990 on Sun 6th Nov 2005 08:28 in reply to "The facts"
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2005-07-04

- Novell was not making money on SUSE

SUSE is a profitable division of Novell. Just because Novell itself is starting to go down the tubes, doesn't mean SUSE isn't making money for Novell. That has more to do with Novell's spending habits and maintaining the dying Netware.

- Novell have invested a lot of effort in Mono

And Novell spent a lot of money on SUSE, close to $300 million, so your point is?

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