The problem runs deeper than this
Posted Jul 14, 2006 17:11 UTC (Fri) by freeio
Parent article: SUSE Linux 10.2 Alpha2 Release - and distribution rename
Recent experiences with the commerical version of SuSE 10.1 tell us that Novell has more problems than naming of their distributions. The totally broken package management and update system shipped with SuSE 10.1 prevents me from seriously recommending its use to anyone. It would appear that the decision was made to combine yast, red carpet, and other sources into a great leap forward, with absolutely no backup position if (when) the attempt failed. They shipped off the golden CD to the manufacturers knowing full well that the package management system did not work, and that the very same package management system was the only obvious way to implement any patch to fix itself. They had to meet their (late) ship date, and in truly PHB fashion shipped a very broken distribution. This is truly bizarre behavior.
It would appear that Novell is caught up in a centalized decision making process where the decision makers do not understand the depth of the water they are in, or the rapidity with which a company may sink itself. To see SuSE saddled with the Novell failure modes is truly sad.
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