I saw this while reading my copy of eWeek last night. It seems that Novell has hit a eureka (aka common sense) moment in that they found their customers would rather have to only deal with one desktop environment instead of two. The two competing desktops has always been used as a knock against Linux. Some people like the options. Those people usually do not make large purchasing decisions for companies.
Hopefully by combining the best elements of both desktops they also find some innovation. The world does not need another Windows environment that is less productive than an OS X environment.