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openSUSE Linux seeks own direction, more autonomy from Novell

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The developers behind openSUSE are drafting a new "community statement" as part of a broader effort to define a technical strategy for their project. The purpose of the community statement is to describe the kind of collaborative environment that the project wants to create as it refines its technical focus.

Novell's priorities have evolved considerably over the past few years, subtly changing the nature of the company's relationship with the openSUSE community. Novell was initially investing a lot of effort into building an enterprise Linux desktop business on top of the openSUSE technology stack, but the company is increasingly shifting the focus of its desktop Linux development to the netbook market. Novell has worked closely with Intel on the MeeGo project and has contributed a lot of software to the MeeGo netbook variant.

Novell and the openSUSE community haven't grown apart, exactly, but it's clear that each has developed a broad set of non-overlapping aspirations and technical interests that extend beyond their shared goals.

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