Attachmate says future of SUSE Linux is secure
In an interview with openSUSE Community Manager Jos Poortvliet, Attachmate chairman and CEO Jeff Hawn has given detailed information on the future of SUSE Linux, the openSUSE project and Novell's other open source projects. Although Attachmate has not previously been involved in open source business, Hawn stressed the importance of open source, especially Linux, to corporate IT.
Once the takeover of Novell is complete, Attachmate intends to set up its own SUSE business unit on a par with the company's other two business units, Attachmate and NetIQ. This unit will be responsible for all aspects of the Linux business, from development through to support. At Novell, sales, marketing and support were centralized departments covering the entire product range. Asked whether there were any plans to sell SUSE, Hawn assured Poortvliet that this option was not on the table and that the company planned to strengthen the SUSE brand. He also promised that the company would continue to be involved in kernel development.
According to Hawn, Attachmate plans to continue to sponsor and be involved in the openSUSE community, but details – including whether an openSUSE foundation will be created and whether the openSUSE conference will continue to be supported – remain to be clarified. Hawn stressed that Attachmate had no intention of shutting down the openSUSE community.
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