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06.29.11

The SUSE Experiment Lives On For Now

Posted in Microsoft, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 2:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

When GNU/Linux gets Infected by Microsoft

Summary: SLE* (which we used to refer to as “Ballnux”) and OpenSUSE hardly make the news anymore, but when they do, it’s worthless

SUSE LINUX, the essentially closed-source and Microsoft-taxed GNU/Linux distribution, is favoured among companies that see GNU/Linux as necessary but also want to pay Microsoft for ‘permission’ to use it. This new video speaks of SAP, which we wrote about in this context many times before.

The sad thing is that some volunteers continue to help Attachmate do this. Some independent dedicated sites (to Novell) keep promoting its proprietary software [1, 2] and developers sometimes choose to assign their contributions to SUSE. While some help strategically towards the release of new versions of OpenSUSE, others contribute code. Compared to previous years, the OpenSUSE elections have not much visibility this year and the deadline is very near:

As we wrote three weeks ago, June 30th is the deadline for voting for the openSUSE Strategy!

While efforts persist to put SUSE in EC2 (Amazon pays Microsoft for GNU/Linux servers), build service goes down and demonstrates yet another weakness in a series. They renamed the product and maintain it [1, 2] as though it is not just an OpenSUSE project. The brand “OpenSUSE” becomes decreasingly relevant.

“There is no PR department promoting SUSE on the face of things.”Exceptional fanfare is seen in Greece, as before [1, 2] and Google Summer of Code brings about some improvements [1, 2, 3], but apart from that, OpenSUSE is hard to find in the news and SUSE has almost gone invisible. There is no PR department promoting SUSE on the face of things.

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