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Novell frees SUSE Professional under new branding

By Tina Gasperson on August 03, 2005 (8:00:00 AM)

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Novell is renaming SUSE Professional and releasing it as 100% open source. Novell spokesman and director of public relations Bruce Lowry says his company is "pushing" to make SUSE Linux available to anyone who wants it. According to sources close to the company, SUSE Professional is to be rebranded as OpenSUSE.
Lowry says Novell is will make SUSE freely available, starting with the 10.0 beta, at the Linux World Conference next week. More info here. "We really are focused on pushing Linux adoption as aggressively as we can, and think opening up SUSE Linux to users and developers is a good way to do this," he says. "We're opening up the development process up front." Sources say Novell hopes its flagship Linux product, SUSE Enterprise, will benefit from community development.

Lowry did not confirm it, but sources say that Novell will also make the multi-platform software build system freely available to the community, so developers can build versions of packages for any hardware they support. Novell will still sell boxed versions of SUSE with tech support, but everyone will have access to updates and developmental code.

Tina Gasperson writes about business and technology from an open source perspective.

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YAST be gone?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 03, 2005 11:59 PM
So someone can kill YAST and make a whole lot of people happier. Unless they just redo it as YAST3. With a purty " theme ".

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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 12:35 AM could not be found. Please check the name and try again.


No worries

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 12:42 AM
There was an article on eweek that pointed to this site. It did make the point that the site is not up yet, but that the domain was setup. See this domain registration:


Registrant ID:mKn-14210565

Registrant Name:Bruce Wayne

Registrant Organization:Novell, Inc.

Registrant Street1:1800 South Novell Place

Registrant City:Provo

Registrant State/Province:UT

Registrant Postal Code:84606


Admin Name:Bruce Wayne

Admin Organization:Novell, Inc.

Admin Street1:1800 South Novell Place




Name Server:NS2.NOVELL.COM


Never fear, it's coming


Re:No worries

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 02:45 AM
And it will be wearing a cape and chasing spotlights when it does... apparently.


Re:No worries

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 03:17 AM
Vanquishing evil too... pretty funny


Re:YAST be gone?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 12:57 AM
What's wrong with YAST? I've not had any problems with it over the years.

I think that YAST was even open sourced back before SuSE was purchased.


Re:YAST be gone?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 06, 2005 06:21 AM
Nope, Novell open sourced it after aquiring SUSE.


Re:YAST be gone?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 08, 2005 02:47 AM
I like gnome-system-tools a lot more. In Fedora they are enhanced. YAST is huge, gst is split into many small apps for customizing - and installing is done with yum (works very much like apt).


Re:YAST be gone?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 03:36 AM
That has to be the most clueless comment today, since YAST simply is the best and most comprehensive configuration tool available for any Linux distribution today. The only thing remotely close are the Mandriva tools, all other distributions are far behind.No sane Suse user would wan't it gone so I'd guess your from the ubuntu fanboi school, and actually have no clue of configuration and installation utilities. Because they, the fanbois, are the only ones having problems. When you tell them other distributions, unlike ubuntu, actually have decent configuration tools. Making them better choices in most situations.


Re:YAST be gone?

Posted by: Brian Masinick on August 04, 2005 11:37 AM
It is my opinion that Red Hat, Mandriva, and SUSE, among the commercial vendors that are known, have the major system management tools. Most of the other vendors borrow heavily from one of these three approaches, but a few relatively obscure companies do have very good management tools.

My favorite distribution upon which I base my own customized Debian-based distribution, comes from the well regarded (but small) North Vancouver, British Columbia company Libra Systems Limited, creators of Libranet. The Libranet distribution, of course, benefits greatly from the already outstanding set of Debian configuration tools. However, as most people know, Debian is plagued by an installation procedure that is anything but easy for anyone but an experienced user, even after major "improvements" over the previous release. Debian has some excellent management tools, but they are also almost all command driven, very flexible, but hardly easy to use by modern standards. In comes Libranet. Their software is nearly as easy to install as most recent distributions, but it has an absolutely terrific set of management tools that front end those excellent Debian tools and make them easy to use.

My personal opinion is that the Libranet tools rival the Drak* tools from the original Mandrake collection, plus they benefit from the hardware detection and installation tools, Anaconda and Kudzu provided by the Red Hat project.

YAST is a very powerful toolset. Over the past year or so the code has been made freely available, so people are free to add to it, tear it apart, fix the bad stuff and use the good stuff. I would say that the toolset is in need of a face lift. That doesn't mean it should be tossed. SUSE has a lot of solid stuff in it. The tool does need to be streamlined, made more efficient, and cleaned up.


Fix YAST - replace it with Apt4SuSE (see How-To)

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 07, 2005 09:47 PM
There is a better way...
I finally got Audacity running (they deleted by torching of SuSE) by going to this site and doing this. Installing APT, saved my day.

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more on apt4SuSE...
<a href="" title=""><nobr>p<wbr></nobr> t4suse</a>

You can even replace the YAST updater 100% with this and why SuSE is not doing this, ya gotta wonder?


This is a wonderful development.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 02:58 AM
SUSE is running pretty smoothly<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:)


Re:This is a wonderful development.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 04, 2005 12:28 PM
I concur. Many people are bad-mouthing SUSE for this move, but let me remind everyone that it's for our own (the Open Source community's) best interest if SUSE lets the community get more involved.

Only good things will come out of this, just wait and see.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>;-)



Posted by: macewan on August 04, 2005 06:48 PM
wonderful news, the SuSE crowd (my wife is a SuSE fan) ought to see interesting development in the coming years


This sounds similar to Red Hat and Fedora

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 05, 2005 12:47 AM
Plenty of folks knocked Red Hat for doing something similar. However, I believe that such strategies have helped us quite a bit. I run Fedora Core 3 (the K12LTSP variant), and I am very, very happy with it. Red Hat tries stuff out in FC and might move it to RHEL, where the CentOS users can benefit as well.

Opening up SuSE Linux Pro is an excellent thing and, in my opinion, should've been done long ago. I was a little hesitant to recommend SuSE Linux to some of the non-profits out here for fear of inclusions of proprietary software (I gave them K12LTSP), but it seems that concern will soon be gone. Kudos to Novell; I suspect that they will get more help from the community this way, just as Red Hat has.

Good move.


Re:This sounds similar to Red Hat and Fedora

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 05, 2005 05:30 AM
So far, it is not. I had to create a novell account to even get to, and it refused to let me in. Access controls prevented showing.

    Due to that, the information appears to be incorrect, and Suse is not yet open.

    They would have to brand YAST as open, has that been done yet? Previously their installer was not open source, it was a propietary product.


Re:YAST is GPL'ed

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 05, 2005 06:05 PM
YAST was GPL'ed in March 2004.


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