“Attachmate says that Novell’s openSUSE project will continue to operate as it always has. With Attachmate shelling out $2.2bn acquire Novell, SUSE Linux customers and contributors to the openSUSE project are understandably nervous about what Attachmate is planning for the community development that underpins SUSE Linux.”
Attachmate: Novell’s openSUSE Project Is ‘Safe’
Submitted by poundsmack 2010-11-30 SuSE, openSUSE 4 Comments
To be honest, I was far less nervous about the future of openSUSE right from the beginning than I was of Sun being bought by Oracle. Smaller companies (including those I’ve never heard of) always seem to be more trustworthy than massive, worldwide corporations, which tend to be based on absolutely nothing but greed and often don’t give a damn about their customers or most of the assets of a company they snatch up. They seem to buy companies for their benefit of eliminating competition, rather than for their products.
Just look at Symantec and all the competitors they bought, just to discontinue their flagship products… or Microsoft who buys gazillions of companies just to keep their software exclusive to Windows (which sometimes involves discontinuing versions for other platforms). At least in Microsoft’s case, though… at least they don’t tend to kill everything they buy right away, and continue to provide it (ie. Virtual PC).
The possibility that existed for Microsoft snatching UNIX ownership from Novell, though… that IMO would have been worse than Oracle swallowing Sun.