10.01.09

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Novell Removes GIMP, Adds Proprietary Software

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, SLES/SLED, Ubuntu at 6:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Novell gives a bad name to GNU/Linux on sub-notebooks by doing the job poorly

SOME MONTHS ago we wrote about Ubuntu pondering a Mono-based replacement for the GIMP. Novell has apparently done something equally bad based on this new review of the HP Mini:

Having just taken delivery of a HP Mini 5101 pre-loaded with Suse Linux Enterprise Edition 11, it appears that HP still has some engineers left, hiding deep within, perhaps only coming out at night. Certainly the suits running HP don’t seem to want customers to know that Suse is an option. And Novell doesn’t seem all that keen on its adopted child, either.

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Adobe Acrobat? Is that really the best you can do? Repeat after me: free as in speech; not free as in beer.

Um… Where is The Gimp?

Why can I not change the date format from Tue Sep 29 to Tue 29 Sep? Earth to Novell: simple things should be easy; hard things should be possible. What is so hard about changing the date format?

When it comes to sub-notebooks, the high return rates from MSI are the most widely quoted and SUSE was to blame. When Microsoft was spreading lies about sub-notebooks with GNU/Linux, Canonical responded in its blog by saying that Microsoft lied and that properly implemented/deployed GNU/Linux distributions are selling well and not being returned; Dell confirmed this a few months later.

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2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 1, 2009 at 7:02 am

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    Ubuntu wasn’t considering replacing Gimp with a mono-based imitation, it was specific individuals from the Mono Guard who were lobbying for it.

  2. jmmarton said,

    October 1, 2009 at 11:19 am

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    This is completely untrue. Novell has not removed GIMP from SLED 11. I use GIMP at least once a week with my SLED 11 machine. It is possible that the preload on the HP Mini doesn’t have GIMP pre-installed, which does seem odd, but if that’s the case that’s an HP issue. The default install on the SLED 11 media does in fact install GIMP.

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