Novell will (continue to) support KDE after all

Evan Leibovitch evan-ieNeDk6JonTYtjvyW6yDsg at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 15 22:38:53 UTC 2005


William Park wrote:

>>http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1885694,00.asp
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>I get the feeling that it was just PR exercise.
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There are real resources that need to be allocated to providing
"official" support for any software components, and Novell was publicly
under shareholder pressure to cut out redundancies. Arguably, supporting
two desktops that perform essentially the same function is exactly the
kind of redundancy that one would logically want to eliminate.

What was probably more interesting was the internal politics inside
Novell of choosing which one; the ex-Ximian people (knee-deep into
GNOME) fought with the ex-SuSE people (big KDE fans) while the original
Novellers just sat back and waited to see who was left standing.

If this was a PR exercise it wasn't a good one. Having to backtrack on
what was originally (touted as) a definitive strategic decision is not
usually good publicity, as it suggests that Novell misjudged the market
the first time.

- Evan

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