SUSE will be the world's largest independent Linux company

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The SUSE Management Team

SUSE is on its way to becoming the world's leading independent Linux company. It is true that when IBM bought Red Hat it took it out of the competition, but, it must be recognized that SUSE is doing things very well.

Last year, lSUSE's revenue grew 15 percent, and the company is about to exceed the $ 400 million mark for the first time. In addition to the European market, which accounts for half of SUSE's business, it is also experiencing such growth around the world. North America, for example, currently accounts for nearly 40 percent of profits.

SUSE's Path to Becoming the World's Largest Independent Linux Company

The SUSE story is strongly linked to the evolution of Linux and open source. On September 2, 1992, Roland Dyroff, Burchard Steinbild, Hubert Mantel, and Thomas Fehr founded the Software and Systems Development Corporation. SUSE is precisely an acronym for the German Software-und System-Entwicklung

The first Linux-based product sold by the company it was based on the distribution Slackware. It was delivered on 40 floppy disks and was translated into German. In May 1996, SUSE. He launched your first own distribution based on the distribution Juryx.

In 2003, already converted into a multinational company, it was acquired by Novell

The Novell stage

The first decade of the century was marked by strong conflicts between free and proprietary software. Novell was a great protagonist of that stage, and was key to laying the foundations for the reconciliation of the second decade.

Novell was born in the 70s as a hardware manufacturer dedicated to interconnected systems. Later it was dedicated to commercialize software for networks. Its best-known product was the Novell NetWare multiplatform network operating system.


In August of 2003, Novell Acquired Ximian, Open Source Linux Application Developer like Evolution, Red Carpet and Mono. This started Novell's plans to base its product suite on Linux. That same year, it acquired SUSE. At the same time it reached an agreement with IBM to support the distribution. Two years later announced the release of OpenSUSE, the community version.

Other SUSE-based products were:

  • Novell Enterprise Linux Services »(NNLS), which ported some of the NetWare services to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 8.
  • A desktop distribution called Novell Linux Desktop v9. It was based on Ximian Desktop and SUSE Linux Professional 9.1.
  • Open Enterprise Server. It offered all the services of NetWare v6.5, adding the option to use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server v9.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was the first Linux server for the business market to offer Xen hypervisor-based virtualization.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 included a new easy-to-use graphical user interface and XGL-based 3D viewing functions

It is worth mentioning that Novell developed an improved version of OpenOffice called Go. It was this version that included most of the Linux distributions and was the basis for the first version of LibreOffice.

The agreement with Microsoft

On November 2, 2006, Novell announced a joint collaboration agreement with Microsoft. The agreement included cooperation so that the clients of each of the companies could use those of the other. In addition, they committed to working more closely to improve the compatibility of the software.

The deal involved an advance payment of $ 348 million from Microsoft to Novell for the patent cooperation and subscription to Suse Linux. Additionally, Microsoft agreed to spend about $ 46 million annually, over the next 5 years, to market and sell a combined offering of Suse Linux and Windows Server and related virtualization solutions.

Attachmate / Microfocus / EQT

November 2010 Novell announced that it had been acquired by Attachmate at US $ 2.2 trillion, and that pwould operate as two units, one of them SUSE. 4 years later The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus International merged, making Micro Focus International the new parent company of SUSE. In this way, SUSE began to function as a semi-autonomous business unit within the Micro Focus Group,  Nils Brauckmann takes over as CEO (position he continues to hold today.

Under the management of Brauckman, SUSE Acquires Various Cloud-Related Technologies.

The 2 of July of 2018, Micro Focus announced that the sale of SUSE to Blitz 18-679 GmbH, a subsidiary of EQT Partners, for a value of 2.535 million dollars. On March 15, 2019, the purchase process was completed.

The future

SUSE doesn't just grow in sales. Added more than 300 employees in the last 12 monthss. For the most part, this has been in engineering, followed by sales and services. SUSE staff is now approaching 1.750 people worldwide and plans to continue hiring aggressively. 

The purchase of Red Hat by IBM does not appear to be breaking the company's bond with SUSE. According to Brauckmann IBM kept all their joint production activities at the same level, some have even increased


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