[Mono-list] Novell, SuSE, Mono.
Olaf Jan Schmidt
Wed, 5 Nov 2003 23:49:49 +0100
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Hi Miguel, hi Mono and KDE folks!
[Miguel de Icaza]
> Hey guys,
> I know that there has been a lot of speculation over Novell, SuSE,
> Gnome, KDE and Mono with today's announcement.
> We can say that once the acquisition is completed that:
> * Novell/SuSE will continue to distribute KDE and Gnome.
> * Novell/SuSE will include Ximian Desktop build,
> as it is a more fine tuned desktop than the default Gnome
> build they ship.
> * Novell is commited to build an stable ISV platform (you can
> read my blog for some thoughts on this).
> * Gtk+, the Gnome platform and Mono use the right licensing
> terms for creating an ISV platform.
> * We will continue to work on open source projects, and work
> in the best way to offer a complete Linux stack.
> And lastly, just remember that Nat and myself are in charge of
> Novell's Linux Desktop Strategy, so we will do the right thing ;-)
Does the "right thing" include better cooperation between KDE and=20
Mono/GNOME, meaning contributions to ALL these projects with at least the=20
same efford as in the past?
Or will SuSE's currently big support for KDE be phased out after carefully=
examining how quickly it can be dropped without alienating the developer=20
Or does it also depend on what the SuSE people think is best for their=20
I am a bit worried by the fact that you only spoke of "distributing" KDE,=20
not of actively supporting it. Not saying something sometimes says the=20
KDE and GNOME are both so important for the Linux desktop that dropping=20
contributions to one of them would be very sad.
I see great possibilities in the cooperation between Ximian and SuSE for=20
free desktop interoperation - which is urgently needed for accessibility,=20
the area of KDE I am involved in.
I hope my hopes are not too optimistic.
Love and peace,
> Mono-list maillist - Monoemail@example.com
Olaf Jan Schmidt, KDE Accessibility Project
KDEAP co-maintainer, maintainer of http://accessibility.kde.org
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