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Re: [opensuse-factory] The Future of SaX2
  • From: Gerald Pfeifer <gp@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:48:08 +0800 (CIT)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.0912141508590.3804@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Larry Stotler wrote:
How many Linux vendors are supporting a 10 year old OS? XP support
it through at least 2014. The longest Linux server system is supported
for what 5 years?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server comes with 7 years out of the box. And
significantly longer than that is available, too. Not necessarily easy
to provide, not necessarily most popular among the engineers delivering
this service,'s certainly there, and it is being used by customers.

KDE4 was just a disaster all the way around. No single group was to
blame. While I'm all for starting over if it's needed, they alienated
a lot of people for a good while. KDE showed the stability of the
Linux desktop. To have such a huge change and then have it unstable
didn't help Linux much.

I don't think it really hurt Linux, though, and the case can be made
that it actually helped move towards a bit more consolidation as far
as desktop environments go.

In any case, this is really an example of free markets at work, and
I personally think that is a good idea. Competition, experimentation,
innovation (some successful, some not so), collective learning,...
are key for Open Source as much as elsewhere.

Dr. Gerald Pfeifer gp@xxxxxxxxxx | SUSE Linux Products GmbH
Director Product Management | HRB 16746 (AG Nuremberg)
SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, Appliances | GF Markus Rex
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