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Re: openSUSE 2016: taking a picture of openSUSE today

From:  Will Stephenson <>
Subject:  Re: openSUSE 2016: taking a picture of openSUSE today
Date:  Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:17:04 +0100
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On 28/11/13 10:47, jdd wrote:
> Le 28/11/2013 09:47, Per Jessen a écrit :
>> In one way, it would be nice to know what SUSE would like to see, in
>> another we should be able to take responsibility and set some direction
>> ourselves.
> don't forget the external load: personal computer are challenged by
> smartphones and tablets, this will hit us soon or later

This has already happened.  Like a Wild West town after a gold rush,
much of the population of community innovators around Linux has moved on
to hacking alternative Android ROMs like CyanogenMod, electrickery with
Raspberry Pis, writing indie games in Unity, or just chasing the long
tail of app store revenue, leaving a remnant population of corporate
employees, graybeards and (laggard) newbies to desktop/consumer Linux -
but not the people that create growth and invent novel solutions to
people's problems.

I'm not bashing openSUSE specifically here, this evolution has hit every
distribution and community FLOSS software projects like KDE and GNOME.
I think openSUSE has suffered disproportionately as our community was
not as large or independent as some others.

The important question IMO is, do we accept that at age 20, the Linux
distribution scene is no longer new and exciting and aim for a stable
equilibrium with the adequate Free replacement for the operating systems
of the 2000s that we've created, or do we try to become an exciting and
relevant place to be once again?


Will Stephenson
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