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5 Operating Systems Making News This Week

Dec 02, 2010, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

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"1. OpenSUSE: Safe -- For the Time Being at Least

"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 Sun.

"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."

"Phew."

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