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The Attachmate acquisition – your SUSE and openSUSE community questions answered

openSUSE Community Manager, Jos Poortvliet, recently interviewed Jeff Hawn, the Chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation about Attachmate's intentions towards SUSE and openSUSE after the acquisition from Novell. Though Hawn's plans should put a few minds at ease, there's still quite a few unknowns to contend with, including the future

Here are a few of the more poignant questions from an openSUSE community standpoint, but make sure you read this excellent interview in its entirety on the openSUSE community news pages here

What is Attachmate’s history with open source projects?
Attachmate does not have a corporate track record in the open source business. However, we recognize the importance of open source technology, particularly Linux, and the growing value it brings to enterprises globally. We also recognize and value the openSUSE project, the contribution that the community makes to the SUSE business and most importantly, the many ways in which the community benefits SUSE customers.

At the end of the day, we are a technology company that is customer-driven, made up of engineers and technology enthusiasts. We have a lot of individuals that are long-time users of open source and participants in the open source movement. We recognize and understand what the community has developed, particularly over the last decade, and we are excited to be part of its future.

What are your intentions for open source initiatives sponsored by Novell today?

No decisions have been made regarding any specific projects or sponsorships. Much more integration work needs to happen before discussions of changing the status of individual projects can occur. But we can say that the new SUSE business unit will stay committed to participating in the projects and initiatives that are most important to the SUSE business and its customers.

Will this impact the initiative to create an independent foundation for openSUSE?

No decisions on this initiative have been made. This is a complex topic that has been actively debated in the community for some time. We look forward to continuing that discussion with the community after the close of the transaction.

Will Attachmate continue to support the openSUSE conference?

No decisions have been made about the ongoing sponsorship of openSUSE conference. It is simply too early to reach conclusions on specific areas such as this – more integration work and collaboration with the SUSE team is needed. Our overall intent is to maintain the continuity of success we see within the SUSE business and that includes continuing to work closely with the openSUSE community.

Will the acquisition have any other effects on the openSUSE project or community?

We look forward to learning more about the project and working together with the community to figure out what’s working well, what could be done differently or improved. This will be a highly collaborative relationship.

You can read the full interview here

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