It seems after years of working together in developing a complete Linux platform the openSUSE project that was taken in by Novell have developed different interests are seeking to co-exist with different set of goals and ideas. The OpenSUSE community is developing their own community statement and is now looking for wider horizons. The main objective of this statement is to clarify their goals and put forth a new technical focus of their project.
OpenSUSE is open source software and uses graphical interfacing using the UNIX platform. It released its first version in 1994 and since then 11 versions have been released. The current stable version is 11.2 which was released in Nov 2009.
It all started after a year of acquiring the Linux OS SUSE, Novell changed the project on its head and made it a contributory application. As a result individual developers were able to submit their widgets on this OS and this gave the birth to OpenSUSE. An open source platform that could be used by anyone without having the need to acquire any license.
Throughout their partnership there have several occasions when there has been a difference of opinion between these two organizations. The one which made headlines last year was the OpenSUSE idea’s make KDE their default desktop environment. Previously users were given the option to select the IDE at the time of installing. Through all Novell and OpenSUSE have somehow been able to co-exist and provided the users with this amazing UNIX platform.
But now with the growth of both the companies their ideologies are taking a big turn and while Novell was initially interested in the desktop market where it was transporting OpenSUSE for official and home uses but now it seems to have a found a potential market in the Netbooks that are making the waves. Novell has been in cohorts with Intel and both have developed the MeeGo operating system together hence it makes sense that Novell would like to focus more on this project.
The basic problem with all the open source projects is that at one point of time it becomes hard to collect funds and keep the operation running, it might very well be the reason for Novell and OpenSUSE growing differences.
Although it is too early to say that the companies have drifted apart completely. But that possibility cannot be rules out because OpenSUSE has traversed a long way from being a small project in its testing stage to a fully functional operating system that is in commercial use. Hence it makes a sense for this project to have its own goal and marketing strategy rather than using the ideas of its parent company.