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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RE: don't panic
by morgoth on Sun 6th Nov 2005 05:25 UTC in reply to "don't panic"
morgoth
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Actually, it is part of a worry. Why? Let's look here. Suse, Novell Linux, Sun JDS, Redhat, Fedora Core, Ubuntu are all Gnome based. How much of the market do they take up? I'd say that between them, they take up a good 70% of the market. Players like Slackware are very small in the market. Sure, we have Mandriva, which does set a KDE default. Xandros and Linspire do as well, but they have very small percentages. With Suse being KDE based before, it made the numbers relatively even (in terms of distributions shipping with one or the other as a default desktop environment). I suggest that this is part of a push by the freedesktop consortium (which has always favoured Gnome I might add from day one for a variety of political reasons).

Dave

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