Invitation to Ubuntu Users

In less than two weeks openSUSE 10.2 will be released with really edgy components. And you can download and try its release candidate today and help to find the last bugs! You will experience a complete system management suite and the best-engineered and most improved KDE and Gnome desktops available - with desktop search, 3D effects and interface usability improvements in both desktops.

openSUSE is the distribution developed by the growing community and is sponsored by Novell to create the world's most usable Linux. openSUSE has the same roots and is the base of the enterprise-ready SUSE Linux Enterprise desktop and server products.

Another reason: the openSUSE project is determined to keep a clear separation between patent-free Open Source (also no binary only kernel stuff) and proprietary closed-source parts. If you want to have only the former, don't download and install the optional Addon-CD containing the latter. The openSUSE project does not plan to make these two worlds indivisible in the future.

This blog is a response to the Ubuntu dictator for life's cheap try to poach openSUSE's developers. But of course everyone is invited to put openSUSE 10.2 to the test. :-)


Will the new OpenSUSE release have the option of installing from one CD (ie. 1-CD install)?

It would be nice to have an OpenSUSE LiveCD since many people still don't have DVD drives. And if that LiveCD can act as an installation CD, even better. :-)

By vladc at Sat, 11/25/2006 - 01:30

A live CD is on the openSUSE todo list, usually we work on one after doing the main release.

By Will Stephenson at Sat, 11/25/2006 - 11:37

I suggest we start a fundraiser to send Beineri to space! 20 million, it's a snip really.

By Will Stephenson at Sat, 11/25/2006 - 11:40

Somehow when people talk about sending someone to space they always forget the journey back. We don't want Beineri to be our Laika.

Although maybe we can send Torsten to space and keep him circling the marble he's modelling so that the end result will be very realistic.

By Jos van den Oever at Sun, 11/26/2006 - 11:01

As an Ubuntu user (having used Ubuntu since Warty and finally removed Windows from my machine a little while back), let me be the first to say thanks, but no thanks. Mark may have broached netiquette by posting where he did (an open letter on his blog probably would have been better), but that does not detract from the fact that Novell's pact has a LOT of people upset. If it was Canonical that signed the deal with MS I would be using an alternate distribution right now. The only way average people who care about free software right now can show Novell their displeasure is to avoid them (SUSE) and their enablers (openSUSE) in favor of alternatives and I hope a lot of developers leave openSUSE even if not a single one of them goes to Ubuntu.

By bugmenot at Sun, 11/26/2006 - 08:43