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Open Bugs Day at OpenSUSE, But Biggest Bugs Are Overlooked

Microsoft spreads like a virus through SUSE

Virus



Summary: The influence of Microsoft on SUSE and SUSE's influence on other distributions (to move to SUSE's ways) are the bugs which the community is unwilling or unable to talk about

IT IS Open Bugs Day today, at least at OpenSUSE. But the project still fails to see that its biggest problem is that it is helping Microsoft. Its people try to spread themselves to Gentoo (just like Arch). The danger is, even if Microsoft's distro fails, those other distributions that became dependent on it will be under increased risk. See for example how Novell planted Hyper-V in Linux, which later percolated onto other distributions. SUSE is like Microsoft's 'insider' inside its competition, not just as an informant but also as an agenda-setter. SUSE's employees are not prepared to even mention -- let alone question -- the recent deal with Microsoft. Among the OopenSUSE Conference (OSC) blog posts we find this one about SaX3, which reinvents the wheel the (Open)SUSE way.



From now on, I will focus a lot on fixing issues and polishing the UI, specially the touchpad one and yes offcourse clean some code.


Given that there are already front ends to it, why bother with the OpenSUSE way of doing things? And why spread that to other distributions? The same goes for package management, which SUSE ties to YaST [1, 2] rather than work upsream with other distributions. Amid decreased participation from the community (who would rather help upstream GNOME) the project lacks news of substance and tries generating some with artificial and superficial "contests" such as this one:

As recently announced here, the LXDE team is looking for graphics contributors. Trying to involve as much people as possible i created a graphic contest! Is time for you, cool graphics, to create a logo for the openSUSE-LXDE team!


LXDE is a fine environment, but why would it want to be associated with Microsoft's dragon that does a lot of things in its different ways that reduce consistency among distributions and creates a Microsoft dependency?

SUSE has become a huge liability. It oughtn't be embraced, it should be avoided. Microsoft is the one feeding it now and it's no charity. SUSE helps Microsoft.

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