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[opensuse] openSuSE to be sold to Vmware?
  • From: Lew Wolfgang <wolfgang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:20:36 -0700
  • Message-id: <4C918D04.6050003@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi Folks,

The Register is reporting rumors that Vmware will be buying SuSE within the next few weeks:


It sounds like a good fit, with potential for SuSE to become better funded.

This is timely news for me, since 11.3 finally got my blood boiling to the point I installed Ubuntu on a customer's laptop a few days ago. I tried 64-bit 11.3 on a Sony VAIO VGN-FW200 and had numerous issues. The display would freeze to the point it required power-off cycling, the suspend on lid close didn't work (producing heat all the time) and the tap feature on the mouse pad didn't work. An upgrade to KDE 4.5 mostly fixed the display freezing (still the occasional hang), but I was only able to get 50-fps (glxgears) on the Intel video chipset. The video driver installed was a "legacy" Intel thing for which I couldn't find a better fit.

Bah! On went Kubunto as slick as snails through a goose. EVERYTHING worked! I was even able to automatically install the Flash plugin in Firefox when prompted! Glxgears reported 500-fps. I then tried Kubunto which wasn't quite as seamless as the Gnome. I think I'll put Gnome back on, the user isn't very sophisticated.

This is very disappointing. I've been using SuSE since 5.2 and I've recommended it to many people because of the ease and reliability of installation. Now it's obvious that things have slipped. Maybe Vmware can pump some $$$ back into the basics? Will I still use openSuSE? Yes, for me. But I can't honestly say the same thing for my customers any more.


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