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Novell: Free SLES while the fire is hot

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My “Free Enterprise OSes” post got a lot of attention and a lot of positive feedback, particularly from those who are now actually considering using some of these in order to reduce license costs.

Still, while I am glad people are now considering these OSes as real enterprise computing solutions, a nagging feeling remains along the lines of the Cookie Monster’s famous platinum hit, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things does not belong.” And that thing is openSUSE, particularly when included in the list with CentOS/Scientific, Solaris and BSD.

Look, I like openSUSE. A lot. I fought to get SuSE Linux Professional released into Open Source when the idea wasn’t even a twinkle in Novell’s eye. What I really want is something the lines of an openSLES — in other words, a free version of SLES with free security and bugfix updates, with the support lifecycle to back it up.

Novell could easily do this tomorrow.

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