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02.17.12

SUSE — Like SCO — Cannot Compete Anymore

Posted in Novell, SCO, SLES/SLED at 12:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Competition

Summary: A few items of news about Novell/SUSE and SCO

THE OPENSUSE project is very weak at this point; in fact, it’s so weak that Linux news hardly covers it anymore. Many of of its key people left.

There are those who make OpenSUSE spins, but these are one-man efforts such as this one. To quote:

In case any of you like another spin with other desktops, I ll be happy to make them. If you visit the susestudio site, you ‘ll notice its not that difficult to make a spin, all you need is some basic knowledge of the Linux programs and libraries, and which ones to choose to make a good system, not a bloated one.

We made Bloatnux with this tool. It’s not hard.

The community manager of OpenSUSE announces a new program in his blog:

This is something I’ve wanted to do since the day I became community manager for openSUSE. I’ve always believed that the budget I had in SUSE should be used for the openSUSE community. Initially, that meant that I moved money from the sponsoring of conferences to supporting openSUSE people going to conferences as well as providing them with goodies like DVD’s, openSUSE beer, flyers and t-shirts.

Basically, SUSE promotion as “gifts”; it’s almost like a bribe.

We are not sure if it’s still worth covering Novell in this site because Novell is pretty much history just like SCO. Groklaw still tries getting back to its SCO days:

SCO and IBM have reached a stipulation [PDF] on how to go forward on reactivating the Utah litigation, and SCO has filed it in Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Assuming it’s signed by the judge, the Hon. Kevin Gross, in time for the April 23rd hearing now scheduled in Utah District Court in Salt Lake City before the Hon. Dee Benson on SCO’s laughable motion to let only *it* go ahead and IBM not, I’d say it’s game on. They’ve agreed IBM can proceed with its defenses and counterclaims. It was IBM that suggested in its opposition to SCO’s motion that the best way forward was to ask the Bankruptcy Court to lift the stay on *both* parties, which is what the stipulation agrees to.

It was almost 5 years ago that SCO filed for bankruptcy protection and about a year since Novell was sold. Should we keep on top of all that? What about SUSE?

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