On Thursday 15 January 2009 19:41:50 Birger Kollstrand wrote:
I tried my luck on the factory list with asking about the plans, goals and dreams :-) for the comming releases. Seen from Novell´s point of view.
Not much came of that unfortunately.
What I´m looking for is much more than which upgrade upgraded desktop environment is going in.
What use cases does Novell want to reach? What should the user be able to do with SUSE?
- Portability/Laptop/Nettbooks and so on
- Connectivity of devices
- Support for syncronizing devices
- Home server setup, mediaserver, DNLA, UpnP, file , print and so on.
I think our problem is that we want to reach all of these at the same time. ;) openSUSE is a desktop distribution with server functionality that can be used by developers. In practice the primary focus is on desktop but we distribute packages for the rest as well.
openSUSE has different needs: * we use it as basis for our enterprise server and desktop products * we want to grow the openSUSE community
openSUSE is used by the community nowadays in all the different scenarios you mention above - and you'll surely find one vocal user for each of them. ;)
Should we focus the distribution more? And what do to with the other use cases?
All the nice stuff that needs to be made with KDE this or that and Gnome what ever.
It would be really good if Novell can take a user stand and not a developer stand in the comming project. And with user , I´m thinking of the everyday user that does not even know what Linux is.
The most important thing is not which desktop environment version is available, but what an everyday user can do with it.
So pleeeeease somebody, enlighten me :-) Is there any strategy available?
Michl can give some more details here but is on vacation for the next days,