One of the oldest Free Software companies, SUSE Linux, has been sold to a Swedish investment group for the value of 2.500 million euros, approximately. This sale has surprised everyone in the Free Software Community, although representatives of both parties to the sale and purchase assure that the operation of SUSE Linux will remain the same and that this purchase ensures the future of SUSE Linux as a company.
The investment group is called EQT Partners, of Swedish origin and interested in Free Software and its future possibilities, hence his interest in buying this company.SUSE Linux currently has 1.400 workers, spread all over the world and is, for quite some time, an example that Free Software can be profitable even though the software is free, quite the opposite of Microsoft's example.
Over the past few years, SUSE Linux has been dedicated to the business world and offering cloud services, but it is true that in recent months SUSE Linux has not been the center of Free Software news, focusing this interest on other platforms or companies such as Canonical. Hence, many SUSE Linux workers view the purchase with optimism as the investment group will allow the company to investigate and improve your services within popular markets such as the cloud or IoT market.
On the other hand, Richard Brown, leader of OpenSUSE, affirms that such a purchase does not affect the free version of SUSE, that is, OpenSUSE, it is nothing negative but quite the opposite and that the pace of OpenSUSE will remain the same, despite the purchase. Something that seems normal to us because, despite the fact that SUSE Linux is the main promoter of OpenSUSE, it is the OpenSUSE Community that decides the future of the distribution.
The positive of this purchase is that it is shown that Free Software offers the same or more than Private Software, but the negative is that it can be started a wave of purchases of Free Software projects that in the end avoid or hinder Free Software projects What do you think? What do you think of this purchase?