I don't look at Novell's recent move to layoff key AppArmor developers as a positive move. If you are running Novell's Linux desktop solutions in your enteprise you shouldn't either.
While the company has declined to specifically comment on the layoffs, they say job cuts are part of its restructuring efforts. In the News.com article, Novell spokesman Bruce Lowry is quoted as saying that the company is looking at "improving our product development process". Does that go well with firing key technical product leads?
I think one of two things could happen. Ofcourse now that AppArmor is Open Source and is used by other distributions as well, including Mandriva and Ubuntu, one thing that could happen is that the AppArmor community will come forth and take upon itself to develop AppArmor further. It could. But then again, it couldn't. If it doesn't and neither does Ubuntu or Mandriva, Novell too could switch over to SELinux!
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