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Phasing Out OpenSUSE

--Schestowitz 00:30, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Phasing Out OpenSUSE


Summary:

<a name="top">THe formally vibrant Planet SUSE is usually very quiet these days, save for a few <a href="http://stick.gk2.sk/blog/2011/05/opensuse-spacebus/" title="openSUSE Spacebus">fun events here and there</a>. Recently though, there have been a large amount of blurbs from Greece that have suddenly rushed in, such as <a href="http://zoumpis.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/participation-of-opensuse-greek-community-in-xariseto-gr-bazaar-may-14-2011-report/" title="Participation of openSUSE Greek Community in Xariseto.gr Bazaar, May 14, 2011 (REPORT)">this one</a>. Thomas Thym has attempted to<a href="http://ungethym.blogspot.com/2011/05/strategy-is-alive.html" title="Strategy is alive">reassure everyone that "Strategy is alive"</a>. There are even some releases of OpenSUSE flavours/derivatives, such as <a href="http://lizards.opensuse.org/2010/11/11/opensuse-medical-team-releases-stable-version-0-0-6/" title="openSUSE medical team releases stable version 0.0.6">a medical one</a>. There is also a announcement for <a href="http://blog.susestudio.com/2011/05/its-never-been-so-ec2-access-cloud.html" title="It's never been so EC2 access the cloud">SUSE appliances for Fog Computing</a>. This, however, does not relate directly to OpenSUSE per se.

As we have explained in recent posts, OpenSUSE has not received much assurance of a continued existence, unlike SUSE [[cref 42225 1], [cref 42547 2], [cref 48701 3], [cref 45858 4], [cref 47898 5], [cref 47989 6], [cref 43070 7], [cref 48059 8], [cref 43746 9], [cref 48873 10]]. Jos Poortvliet, who has headed the project's community following the depature of Zonker, carries on <a href="http://blog.jospoortvliet.com/2011/05/promoting-opensuse-at-conference.html" title="Ubuntu: Design for all, keep custom options open">the cheerleading</a>. Nevertheless, his attempts at morale boosting can only go so far. Based on <a href="http://news.opensuse.org/2011/05/26/opensuse-renames-obs/" title="openSUSE renames OBS">this announcement from Jos</a>, "OpenSUSE Build Service" is no more because the Linux Foundation has taken charge; the "OpenSUSE" part (Novell/AttachMSFT trademark) will be dropped:

"The openSUSE Build Service Team has decided to rename its cutting-edge packaging- and distribution build technology to Open Build Service," Poortvliet explains. "The new name, while maintaining the well-known OBS acronym, signals its open and cross-distribution nature."

It is a good time to review what OpenSUSE actually is anymore. The basic recipe is <a href="http://suse.gansert.net/?p=209" title="some new AutoYaST <ask>-features in SLES11 SP2">YaST from SUSE</a> and all sorts of customisations applied to default desktop environments. Outside of that, there is also some kernel development from Greg Kroah-Hartman (who had an important role in OpenSUSE), but this portion of Novell is pretty much irrelevant to SUSE itself. Kroah-Hartman himself <a href="http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/lazyweb_python_device.html" title="Two lazyweb requests">acts as mentor for Linux projects</a> rather than a SUSE developer:

I'm a Google Summer of Code mentor for a project to port Linux to a specific system on a chip that happens to be in a number of older game platforms. Here's one of these devices. I'm going to be in Taipei and Tokyo over the next few weeks, and it would be great if I could pick up one of these myself to help in the debugging effort of this project. Does anyone know of anywhere in either of those cities I might be able to get this device?

Incidentally, Sean Kerner has <a href="http://www.linuxplanet.com/news/new-linux-kernel-new-rhel-and-new-boss-for-suse-linux.html" title="New Linux Kernel, New RHEL and New Boss for SUSE Linux">this new article titled</a> "New Linux Kernel, New RHEL and New Boss for SUSE Linux". Kroah-Hartman's work will get applied to RHEL, among many other distributions, as well. Sean suggests some skeptism towards SUSE's future in Free software:

The new SUSE Linux business also apparently remains fully committed to open source as well as the continuity of its existing projects.

This is not true based on the actions and inactions taken by AttachMSFT thus far. No commitment was expressed by laying off the Mono developers, and AttachMSFT has not proclaimed any commitment to "OpenSUSE" as a project. AttachMSFT is determined to remain a proprietary software company by all indications.<a href="#top">█</a>

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