"Novell announced last week that it was selling itself to
Attachmate, but the deal left many questions unanswered. Perhaps
the most compelling one, for OpenSUSE server OS users and
developers at least, was this one: "What is going to become of our
server OS?" That the announcement of the deal left many fearing for
the future of OpenSUSE is understandable -- after all, the
OpenSolaris project, which was responsible for the open source
development version of Solaris, was killed off by Oracle just a few
months after the company got control of Solaris when it bought
"So it was with much relief that the OpenSUSE community read the
following statement from Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate.
"The OpenSUSE project is an important part of the SUSE business. As
noted in the agreement announced today, Attachmate plans to operate
SUSE as a stand-alone business unit after the transaction closes.
... Attachmate Corporation anticipates no change to the
relationship between the SUSE business and the OpenSUSE project as
a result of this transaction."
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