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05.27.10

Why OpenSUSE Should Pay Attention to Novell’s Prospective Acquirers

Posted in Fork, GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 11:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: OpenSUSE 11.3 and OpenSUSE Build Service 2.0 are nearly ready, but Novell’s situation casts some doubt

LATER on today, Novell will possibly speak about an acquisition (if not on Friday, well after market close). OpenSUSE should pay careful attention because not every possible acquirer has an interest in Free software as a strategic direction.

“Why not try OpenSuSE 11.2,” asks one writer and the answer might be, “because it’s tied to Novell.” Had the OpenSUSE community forked the project, that would be a different situation. With automated testing and adoption in schools, the future of OpenSUSE matters to all of us and it’s dangerous to make it rely upon Novell, whose days are numbered.

A few years ago the LUG opensuse-nicaragua has the project named “Escuelita opeSUSE” this project was to provide basic courses for the people opensuse.

And the last week, we finally made it!!!

OpenSUSE 11.3 and OpenSUSE Build Service 2.0 are coming out soon [1, 2]. OpenSUSE should think carefully about what will have happened by the release dates.

Novell’s openSUSE developers have been a busy bunch this week.

Today openSUSE 11.3 milestone 7 is out which is the last stop ahead of a Release Candidate in June and a final release in July. The openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta 1 came out yesterday with a final release now set for June 10.

A fork would increase this project’s sustainability, not reduce it.

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