11.28.11

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SUSE: A Master of None, Microsoft as the Master

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 9:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bad decision

Summary: Why SUSE lags behind the competition (in GNU/Linux) as indicated by news

NOVELL has become some historical entity whose news this month is mostly about an old case against Microsoft (here is a very recent video about that). We do not intend to cover this case because it is about the ‘old Novell’ of Noorda et al. It is not the same company that we boycott and the old case is only indirectly relevant to us.

So, Attachmate has this new release of OpenSUSE, which comes with a KDE side or a GNOME focus, depending on one’s preferences. The Fog Computing hype gets used for marketing as well, not just real features that are not mere buzzwords meaning “server”.

According to this, SUSE continues to work according to the plan we wrote about before:

Attachmate’s Suse division is also working on OpenStack software designed for ease of deployment in private clouds.

SUSE is not the best option though. For example, there is no SUSE support from AMD’s new chip:

As for operating system support, it’s helpful to note that the Opteron 6200 16-core chip is actually more like eight dual-core “Bulldozer” chips balled onto a single die. AMD says the 6200 supports all operating systems except Novell SLES 10 and 11,

How sad for Novell/SUSE, which is sponsored by Microsoft to help tax Linux (and still cannot beat RHEL and CentOS). They can’t even get fonts right. How come? Some font rendering features were historically disabled due to Apple and Microsoft patents.

In any event, it seems clear that there are no compelling reasons to give OpenSUSE any crown. It is the master of nothing and not a jack of any trades, either. It has Microsoft as its master. Nobody wants that, except perhaps close Microsoft partners like SAP.

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A Single Comment

  1. Michael said,

    November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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    Gotta be driving you crazy how much press OpenSUSE is getting and how high it is ranked at DistroWatch.

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