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07.02.11

Novell Quiets Down and OpenSUSE is in the Factory

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A quick look at Novell’s situation and progress at OpenSUSE

ANOTHER week went by and not so much has happened in Novell’s corner of the universe, although we will bring a few more details in the coming week. Novell let the PR staff go (now Ian Bruce, probably along with PR colleagues), so no wonder it has been so quiet. Even Xamarin has been silent, with minor exceptions. Novell is becoming something out of history, increasingly disconnected from the present.

With the exception of some HOWTOs like this one or that one, it was hard to find much about SUSE. Perhaps this one counts:

Continuing the great work of our Ambassadors of the Southern Hemisphere, our Brazilian openSUSE team once again gets ready for a strong openSUSE presence in Brazil beginning today at FISL 12-Software Livre in beautiful Porto Alegre. A major FOSS event in South America, FISL 12 is expecting 8,000 attendees this year.

Some progress on Factory was being reported a short while ago too:

As you can see, we still have some work to do, but we need everybody help : either on the issues I mentioned (feel free to say “I want to help on this” here) or to do more tests or even to start creating .service files (but we still need to fix the issues listed above).

Another notable development is this:

GNOME:Ayatana indicators for openSUSE 11.4

Over a year ago when I initially joined the openSUSE Marketing Team I wanted to write an article about OBS (back then openSUSE Build Service, now Open Build Service) and my biggest problem was to realize what OBS was and what it really did…

We are going to continue our exploration in a few days. It does not seem like there is much left to report about SUSE and Novell. Should we maybe just abandon such coverage?

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