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- very narrow

Per Jensenn

And there is no foothold to gain. There are already enough other distributions to fill that area. Of course it would be great if openSUSE were as omnipresent as Microsoft products, but if, as the strategy wants, anything outside the mobile world is forgotten that just can't happen logically.

Jan Engelhardt

I seem to be the only one, but I think this strategy is critical.

I'm under the belief that all 3 proposed strategies proposed are likely to be integrated into a single larger strategy.

If so, I think openSUSE needs this strategy to absolutely be in the mix.

One simple example is the approximately 11 million netbooks that shipped with linux pre-installed last year. Those machines seem to need this strategy to work for them to be useful. ie. I assume most of those 11 million linux netbooks routinely connect to the cloud for services like gmail, google docs, facebook, etc.

I'm no market share guru, but I have to believe the low-end of computing systems (netbooks, droids, etc.) is just going to continue to get more important and if 5 years from now openSUSE is not fully involved in that environment, it might as well not exist.

Greg Freemyer

Something that worries me because we are migrating some customers to public clouds and we can't offer them entry solutions based on OpenSuse

There is no public OpenSuse AMI available in Amazon EC2 (al least not in West . Ubuntu and CentOS are gaining momentum in these platforms and has more visibility in these innovative ecosystem. It's same in some cloud tools like RightScale, Rbuilder or Eucalyptus.

For example, look at developer poll in Eucalyptus community

I know that is possible to build an AMI through Kiwi and that SuseStudio (great tool!) will offer this feature someday.


Not only OpenSuse ISOs for download in get.opensuse.org.

Also: - A link to EC2 public AMI - Downloadables VMs for VMware, Xen, Hyper-V, Virtualbox,etc

Angel (forums)

I think there are important elements here - but perhaps this piece of strategy falls under the "base for derivatives" as this could be a subset of the overall openSUSE distribution.

Cloud computing is here to stay - it's the next iteration of the cycle between "fat client" and "thin client", so I think it's important to acknowledge that and leverage that, or we'll be left behind.

Ubuntu already has a cloud service they offer. Being able to leverage remote storage and processing is the way things are moving in the industry, so it's important to be part of that.

Maybe because this is an industry trend it shouldn't be left to a derivative - but I think you make a good point, Greg, when you say:

One way or another, openSUSE will have to play in the cloud arena. It would not be good to be a late adopter.

Jim Henderson