"We hear about layoffs every day now. Most of us have been hit
by layoffs in recent times, if not personally, then friends and
family. The sadness we feel for our fellow community members is
just as strong and our hearts go out to them in this time.
"Some people have approached us publicly and privately and asked
us what this means for the future of openSUSE. In fact, openSUSE is
a community project driven both by Novell and the Community at
large. Within this project, we make no distinction between Novell
and non-Novell employees. As such, those laid off are still
important and vital members of our Project, and we look forward to
the opportunity to continue working with them as fellow members for
the good of our community, our distribution and for Free and
Opensource software at large."