SUSE Linux is sold for $ 2,5 billion to a Swedish investment group

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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?

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  1.   someone said

    2.500 million.
    The billions are from the US :)

  2.   George said

    2.500 billion is not 2,5 trillion, the latter is crazy.

  3.   George said

    2.500 billion = 2 billion
    2,5 trillion = 2

  4.   Joaquin Garcia said

    Hello, first of all, thank you very much for reading us. Second, thank you for the clarification, but I think it's okay. Indeed one trillion is one million million, but for the dollar, the unit used is the United States, that is, one billion. If you read later you will see how I convert to euros and then if I follow the European system.
    A greeting and thank you very much.

  5.   Isard said

    What you say is not correct. Bilion is as the Americans say 10 ^ 9 regardless of whether they count dollars or carbon atoms. :-)

    Around here, we say trillion to 10 ^ 12 regardless of what we count.

  6.   Juan said

    Hello, if these investors continue to maintain as is or improve what is present, great, it should be mentioned that in 2017 Huawei itself changed its redhat and windows servers to Suse, and with this fresh little money, long live Suse and my beloved Opensuse , although I also use Fedora, for me my two most important distributions