SUSE Linux

SUSE Linux (/ˈssə/[1] or /ˈszə/;[2] German: [ˈzuːzə]) is a computer operating system developed by SUSE. It is built on top of the free and open source Linux kernel and is distributed with system and application software from other open source projects. SUSE Linux is of German origin, its name being an acronym of “Software und System-Entwicklung” (software and systems development), and it was mainly developed in Europe. The first version appeared in early 1994, making SUSE one of the oldest existing commercial distributions. It is known for its YaST configuration tool.

Novell bought the SUSE (then "SuSE") brands and trademarks in 2003. Novell, one of the founding members of the Open Invention Network, decided to make the community an important part of their development process by opening widely the distribution development to outside contributors in 2005, creating the openSUSE distribution and the openSUSE Project. Novell employed more than 500 developers working on SUSE in 2004.[3] On 27 April 2011, Novell (and SUSE) were acquired by The Attachmate Group,[4] which made SUSE an independent business unit. Later, in October 2014, the entire Attachmate Group, including SUSE, was acquired by the British firm Micro Focus International.[5] SUSE continues to operate as an independent business unit.[6] On 2 July 2018, it was announced that Micro Focus would sell SUSE to Blitz 18-679 GmbH, a subsidiary of EQT Partners, for $2.535 billion.[7] The acquisition was completed on March 18, 2019.[8]

  1. ^ SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Demo Archived November 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Maria Saavedra (Executive Creative Director), Scott Worley (Director of Video Production). SUSE - Rosetta Stone (Marketing Video). Hewlett-Packard. |access-date= requires |url= (help) (, YouTube)
  3. ^ Arthur Griffith, CompTIA Linux+ Certification (Virtual Training Company, 2004)
  4. ^ "Novell Completes Merger with Attachmate and Patent Sale to CPTN Holdings LLC". Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Micro Focus to Buy Attachmate in $1.2 Billion Share Deal". Bloomberg L.P. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference SUSEHistory was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ "Proposed sale of the SUSE Business". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  8. ^ Ian Murphy (2019-03-18). "EQT completes aquisition [sic] of SUSE from Micro Focus". Retrieved 2020-05-02.

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