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 has passed the "OpenSUSE" trademark to AttachMSFT if they haven't already. Despite the inevitable tainting brought on by the Microsoft-Novell deal, OpenSUSE is a valuable and well-recognised brand, one that took several years to build (just over 5 years to be exact). Considering that the OpenSUSE Build Service has just dropped the SUSE part (link) and AttachMSFT continues to not make any directly reference to "OpenSUSE", what can one conclude?

The news about the 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>] has been <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>. Speaking of the PR people, it seems they may have been laid off in large numbers judging from the lack of activity in their blog as of late.

Now, Amie Johnson, a fairly new name who has not posted in months, has appeared in the PR blog just to drop in information about OBS, as we [cref 48994 already noted]. Johnson then reposts (or passes) a guest post from Michael Miller, whom we never heard of before. He is proclaimed to be the "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 and vague explanation</a> from Novell about AttachMSFT 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 Studio and SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension.

It is very important to notice that, once again, there is no mention of OpenSUSE here, whose blog has had only about 3 posts in this entire month! It's like the OpenSUSE Web site has become yet another a ghost town in the Novell network. 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, simply because AttachMSFT doesn't seem to care. As we have said before, it is a proprietary software company first and only.Visual <a href="#top">█</a>

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