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openSUSE Linux seeks own direction, more autonomy from Novell

Jun 23, 2010, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"The developers behind openSUSE are drafting a new "community statement" as part of a broader effort to define a technical strategy for their project. The purpose of the community statement is to describe the kind of collaborative environment that the project wants to create as it refines its technical focus.

"A year after acquiring commercial Linux vendor SUSE, Novell decided to open the popular SUSE Linux distribution and transition it to a community-driven development model. This resulted in the formation of the openSUSE project, an open source development effort that is sponsored by Novell. The project's direction is guided by an elected board of three Novell employees and two independent community contributors.

"The openSUSE project is generally aligned with Novell's business interests, but it has asserted its autonomy on several occasions. One prominent example is the openSUSE community's decision last year to make KDE the default desktop environment for the distribution. Novell has consistently been respectful of the community's wishes and autonomy."

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