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Re: [SLE] SuSE CTO and President Steps Down
  • From: Doug McGarrett <dougmack@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 22:01:48 -0400
  • Message-id: <200108290202.f7T22cF13604@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I think most of us are already buying the product. Most of
us are not d/l'ing freebie versions. Certainly not those
of us who are using it commercially. If the price becomes
something in the order of Windows, then I suspect that
Linux (except for servers) will disappear. --dm

At 20:47 08/28/2001 +0000, Martin Webster wrote:
>On Tuesday 28 August 2001 6:44 pm, Steven Hatfield wrote:
>> It appears that SuSE is in trouble.
>> Anyone from SuSE care to comment?
>It's true that SuSE has been downsizing over the past 12 months or so. But
>this is essentially a 10% reduction in administrative staff; I don't see
>Dyroff's departure is necessarily anything to do with their restructuring
>programme though.
>SuSE is arguably the World's most popular distribution today. However, SuSE
>has been more successful in the retail sector and is very popular as a
>workstation solution. For SuSE to maintain its success they need to make
>inroads in the corporate sector, i.e. enterprise computing. No doubt there
>will be new developments in the service area in the near future. That's why
>I'm not that surprised to see their finance director taking the helm.
>In general, I think that the Linux/Open Source community is going to see
>change in the next twelve months (particularly with Apple MacOS X for the
>PPC). How long can companies continue providing free (i.e. no charge)
>software vis-a-vis free (i.e. at liberty) Linux distributions? I think the
>time has come for us to buy our favorite distro (or rather the media,
>handbook, and support that comes with it) to help secure its future.

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