OpenSUSE slowdown

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OpenSUSE in the Mist of Novell PR and Trademarks


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We can safely assume that Novell passed the "OpenSUSE" trademark to AttachMSFT. It is a valuable well-recognised brand that took several years to build (just over 5 years) and not that OBS becomes just "Open" and AttachMSFT dares not to even name "OpenSUSE", what can one conclude?

The news about OSB renaming [<a href="http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/openSUSE-renames-its-Build-Service-1251091.html" title="openSUSE renames its Build Service">1</a>, <a href="http://www.muktware.com/news/26/2011/1259" title="openSUSE Build Service Re-branded As Open Build Service">2</a>] was <a href="http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=3787" title="SUSE to Offer Commercial Support for Open Build Service">noted by the PR people</a>, who may have been laid off in large numbers given the lack of activity in their blog as of late. And now, an almost new name, Amie Johnson (not posted in months), appears in the PR blog



just to drop the word about OBS, as we [cref 48994 already noted]. Then, the worker reposts/passes a guest post from Michael Miller, whom we never heard of before. He is said to be "Vice President, Alliances and Marketing, SUSE"

Here is the <a href="http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=3793" title="The Future of SUSE is Focus and Innovation">lame explanation</a> about dropping Mono:

As a result of this increased focus on our core market, we will better align our future investments with business results. Focusing on what matters most to customers is the key to our innovation strategy and will drive the growth of our business. This has meant reductions in certain areas, such as Mono. However, Mono remains part of the SUSE business and should customer demand for Mono products accelerate, our development efforts will rapidly respond. Regardless, we will continue to provide maintenance and support for all Mono products – MonoTouch, Mono for Android, Mono Tools for Visual Studio and SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension.

Very important it is to notice no mention of OpenSUSE, whose blog only had about 3 posts in this entire month! It's like the OpenSUSE Web site too has become a ghost town. The exception is posts like <a href="http://news.opensuse.org/2011/05/16/opensuse-conference-2011-to-be-creative-and-open/" title="openSUSE Conference 2011 to be creative and open!">this one</a> from AttachMSFT staff. We do believe that [cref 48994 OpenSUSE is being phased out] quietly because AttachMSFT just doesn't seem to care. <a href="#top">█</a>

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