SUSE (/ˈsuːzə/ SOO-zə)[4] is a German-based, multinational, open-source software company that develops and sells Linux products to business customers. Founded in 1992, it was the first company to market Linux for the enterprise. It is the primary sponsor of the community-supported openSUSE Project, which develops the openSUSE Linux distribution.

In July 2018, Micro Focus International, SUSE's parent company since 2014, announced its plan to sell the business unit to a subsidiary of EQT Partners in the first quarter of calendar year 2019.[5][6]

IndustryComputer software
FoundedFürth, Germany (September 2, 1992)[1]
  • Roland Dyroff
  • Thomas Fehr
  • Hubert Mantel
  • Burchard Steinbild
Area served
Key people
Nils Brauckmann (CEO)
RevenueIncrease US$303.4 million (2017)[2]
Number of employees
ParentMicro Focus International


On 2 September 1992, Roland Dyroff, Burchard Steinbild, Hubert Mantel and Thomas Fehr founded the Software and Systems Development Corporation (German: "Gesellschaft für Software und Systementwicklung mbH"). The name S.u.S.E. was an acronym for Software-und System-Entwicklung (Software and Systems Development).[1] The first Linux product sold was an extension of the Linux distribution Slackware, which was delivered on 40 floppy disks. The company translated the distribution in cooperation with the Slackware founder Patrick Volkerding into German. While the core of the distribution remained Slackware, in May 1996, S.u.S.E. released its first own distribution based on the Jurix distribution published by Florian La Roche.

In 1997, S.u.S.E. opened an office in Oakland, California, and in 1998, moved the corporate office from Fürth to Nuremberg. In December 1998, the name was changed from S.u.S.E. to SuSE. In the following years, SUSE opened a total of six national and four international (USA, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Italy) branches. On 25 November 2002, Richard Seibt became CEO. In Hong Kong, SUSE's products are distributed by TriTech Distribution Limited.[7]

Acquisition by Novell

On 4 November 2003, Novell announced the acquisition of SuSE Linux AG at a price of US$210 million.[8] Novell had been migrating away from the NetWare kernel and used this acquisition as a migration path for its customers.[9] The acquisition was completed on 13 January 2004,[10] and the name was changed from SuSE Linux AG to a Novell, Inc. subsidiary under the name SuSE Linux GmbH and SUSE Linux Products GmbH. SUSE Linux Products GmbH was entirely responsible for the development of the SUSE Linux distribution and was led by Markus Rex. During the transfer, both the partner and the sales organizations were integrated into Novell. Richard Seibt became CEO of Novell EMEA and left on 9 May 2005.

In August 2005, the openSUSE community project launched to open up the development of SUSE Linux for external users and developers. SUSE Linux Enterprise has since been developed using the openSUSE community.

Acquisition by Attachmate

Novell was in turn acquired by The Attachmate Group on 27 April 2011.[11] Under its new owner, SUSE remained a separate company.[12] By June 2012, many former SUSE engineers who had been laid off during Novell's ownership had been brought back.[13]

Attachmate and Micro Focus merger

On 20 November 2014, The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus International finalized their merger, making Micro Focus International SUSE's new parent company. SUSE operates as a semi-autonomous business unit within the Micro Focus Group, with former president Nils Brauckmann promoted to CEO and member of the Micro Focus Group board.[14]

Acquisition of OpenAttic

SUSE at Linuxcon 2016

On November 9, 2016, SUSE announced the acquisition of assets relating to the OpenAttic storage management assets from the German IT firm it-novum.[15] OpenAttic was integrated into SUSE Enterprise Storage as a graphical tool to manage and monitor Ceph-based storage clusters.

Acquisition of HPE OpenStack and Stackato

On March 9, 2017, SUSE announced the completion of its acquisition of assets relating to the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry products from HPE.[16] Development teams and code related to those products were to be used to expand SUSE's IaaS and PaaS capabilities. As part of the agreement, HPE was given the option to OEM those products to produce their Helion OpenStack and Stackato products.

Sale to EQT Partners

On July 2, 2018, Micro Focus announced that it would sell its SUSE business segment to Blitz 18-679 GmbH, a newly-created subsidiary of EQT Partners, for $2.535 billion.[5]


SUSE Geeko plush toy
SUSE chameleon official plush toy

Starting with the launch of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform in July 2006, the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform was the basis for both the server and desktop, with an almost identical code base.



The primary server Linux distribution from SUSE is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ("SLES") targeted to large organizations for physical, virtual and cloud workloads. All versions are available for multiple processor architectures, including Intel x86, ARM,[17] AMD x86-64, IBM Power,[18] IBM S/390 and z Systems,[19] and Intel Itanium. Trial versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 12 are available on the site.[20] SLES is available in both on-demand and bring-your-own-subscription ("BYOS") images on Amazon EC2,[21] Microsoft Azure,[22] and Google Compute Engine.[23]

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications[24] - a Linux operating system optimized for SAP workloads
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service[25] - a Linux operating system for the retail industry that includes a version of Linux tailored for user touch points and in-store servers
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing[26] - an infrastructure solution for high performance computing
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension[27] - an integrated suite of open source HA clustering and storage replication[28] technologies.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has several optimized editions created in the context of the respective partnerships. These editions are derived from the base Server product:

  • SLES for VMware[29] (entitlement was included in VMware vSphere. Product end of availability has been announced )
  • SLES for Amazon EC2[21]
  • SLES for Microsoft Azure[22]
  • SLES for ARM Raspberry Pi support,[30] a specially packaged version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM, tailored for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time,[31] a special version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server that turns the general-purpose operating system into a real-time operating system.


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop,[32] the successor to Novell Linux Desktop
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension,[33] an add-on extension that adds desktop features to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • LibreOffice office productivity suite[34] is also distributed and supported by SUSE and sold as LibreOffice from SUSE

Software-Defined Infrastructure


  • SUSE Manager,[37] a comprehensive Linux server management tool based on Uyuni[38] (a fork of Spacewalk) for package and patch management, system provisioning and monitoring

Application Delivery

  • SUSE CaaS Platform,[39] (for "Container as a Service") - an application development and hosting platform for container-based applications and services based on Kubernetes
  • SUSE Cloud Application Platform,[40] a platform-as-a-service environment based on Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes


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  2. ^ "Micro Focus Annual Report" (PDF). Micro Focus. July 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "EQT to acquire leading open source software provider SUSE". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  4. ^ Novell & HP (14 October 2011). How do you say SUSE?) (Motion picture).
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  6. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 771, 9 July 2018
  7. ^ "tritech". Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  8. ^ Shankland, Stephen (4 November 2003). "Novell to acquire SuSE Linux". CNET. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Novell Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Enterprise Linux Technology Company SUSE LINUX". Novell. 4 November 2003. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Novell Completes Acquisition of SUSE LINUX".
  11. ^ "The Attachmate Group Completes Acquisition of Novell". The Attachmate Group. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  12. ^ "SuSE becomes separate Attachmate division". 18 May 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  13. ^ DiDidio, Laura (June 2012). "Michael Miller Q&A: SUSE and Attachmate Group". ITIC. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Micro Focus International plc Announcement of Board Changes". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  15. ^ "SUSE Poised for Greater Growth in Software-defined Storage Market by Acquiring openATTIC Storage Management Assets from it-novum". SUSE. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  16. ^ "SUSE Completes Acquisition of OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE". SUSE. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  17. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM".
  18. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM Power Systems".
  19. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and LinuxONE".
  20. ^ "Linux Downloads". SUSE. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  21. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Amazon EC2".
  22. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Azure".
  23. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Google Compute Engine".
  24. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications".
  25. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service".
  26. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing".
  27. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension".
  28. ^ DRBD
  29. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware".
  30. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi".
  31. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time".
  32. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop".
  33. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension".
  34. ^ "SUSE Partners with Collabora to Deliver Commercial LibreOffice Support".
  35. ^ "SUSE OpenStack Cloud".
  36. ^ "SUSE Enterprise Storage".
  37. ^ "SUSE Manager".
  38. ^ "SUSE Updates Enterprise Linux for the Multi-Cloud Era".
  39. ^ "SUSE CaaS Platform".
  40. ^ "SUSE Cloud Application Platform".

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AppStream is an agreement between major Linux vendors (i.e. Red Hat, Canonical, SUSE, Debian, Mandriva, etc.) to create an infrastructure for application installers on Linux and sharing of metadata.The project describes itself as: "an initiative of cross-distro collaboration, which aims at creating an unified software metadata database, and also a centralized OCS (Open Collaboration Services) user-contributed content database, thus providing the best user experience."

With the 0.6 release, the scope of the project was expanded to include more metadata for other software components, such as fonts, codecs, input-methods and generic libraries, which will allow applications to query information about software which is available in a distribution in a distribution-independent way. This enhances the quality of data displayed in software-centers, but also makes it possible for 3rd-party application installers like Listaller to find the components a new application needs to run in the distribution's package database. Additionally, the new metadata allows easier installation of prerequisites needed to build software in the first place, as well as matching upstream applications with distribution packages and matching packages across distributions, which might improve the process of exchanging patches.

Compute Node Linux

Compute Node Linux (CNL) is a runtime environment based on the Linux kernel for the Cray XT3, Cray XT4, Cray XT5, Cray XT6, Cray XE6 and Cray XK6 supercomputer systems based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. CNL forms part of the Cray Linux Environment. As of November 2011 systems running CNL were ranked 3rd, 6th and 8th among the fastest supercomputers in the world.

Greg Kroah-Hartman

Greg Kroah-Hartman (GKH) is a major Linux kernel developer. As of April 2013 he is the Linux kernel maintainer for the -stable branch, the staging subsystem, USB, driver core, debugfs, kref, kobject, and the sysfs kernel subsystems, Userspace I/O (with Hans J. Koch), and TTY layer. He also created linux-hotplug, the udev project, and the Linux Driver Project. He worked for Novell in the SUSE Labs division and, as of 1 February 2012, works at the Linux Foundation.He is a co-author of Linux Device Drivers (3rd Edition) and author of Linux Kernel in a Nutshell, and used to be a contributing editor for Linux Journal. He also contributes articles to, the computing news site.

Kroah-Hartman frequently helps in the documentation of the kernel and driver development through talks and tutorials. In 2006, he released a CD image of material to introduce a programmer to working on Linux device driver development.Kroah-Hartman has been a strong advocate of a stable kernel–user space API (only, i.e. not an advocate for a stable kernel interface/binary kernel interface in general, just for user space programs).He also initiated the development of openSUSE Tumbleweed, the bleeding-edge rolling release model edition of openSUSE.


kGraft is a feature of the Linux kernel that implements live patching of a running kernel, which allows kernel patches to be applied while the kernel is still running. By avoiding the need for rebooting the system with a new kernel that contains the desired patches, kGraft aims to maximize the system uptime and availability. At the same time, kGraft allows kernel-related security updates to be applied without deferring them to scheduled downtimes. Internally, kGraft allows entire functions in a running kernel to be replaced with their patched versions, doing that safely by selectively using original versions of functions to ensure per-process consistency while the live patching is performed.kGraft is developed by SUSE, with its source code licensed under the terms of versions two and three of the GNU General Public License (GPL). In April 2014, kGraft was submitted for inclusion into the Linux kernel mainline, and the minimalistic foundations for live patching were merged into the Linux kernel mainline in kernel version 4.0, which was released on April 12, 2015.


Novell, Inc. was a software and services company headquartered in Provo, Utah. Its most significant product was the multi-platform network operating system known as Novell NetWare, which became the dominant form of personal computer networking during the second half of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s. Novell technology contributed to the emergence of local area networks, which displaced the dominant mainframe computing model and changed computing worldwide. Novell became instrumental in making Utah Valley a focus for technology and software development.

Under the leadership of founder Ray Noorda, during the early- to mid-1990s Novell attempted to compete directly with Microsoft by acquiring Digital Research, Unix System Laboratories, WordPerfect, and the Quattro Pro division of Borland. These moves did not work out, and NetWare began losing market share once Microsoft bundled network services with the Windows NT operating system and its successors. Despite new products such as Novell Directory Services and GroupWise, Novell entered a long period of decline. Eventually Novell acquired SUSE Linux and attempted to refocus its technology base.

The company was an independent corporate entity until it was acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary by The Attachmate Group in 2011, which in turn was acquired in 2014 by Micro Focus International. Novell products and technologies are now integrated within various Micro Focus divisions.

Novell Storage Services

Novell Storage Services (NSS) is a file system used by the Novell NetWare operating system. Support for NSS was introduced in 2004 to SUSE Linux via low-level network NCPFS protocol. It has some unique features that make it especially useful for setting up shared volumes on a file server in a local area network.

NSS is a 64-bit journaling file system with a balanced tree algorithm for the directory structure. Its published specifications (as of NetWare 6.5) are:

Maximum file size: 8 TiB

Maximum partition size: 2 TiB

Maximum device size (Physical or Logical): 2 TiB

Maximum pool size: 8 TiB

Maximum volume size: 8 TiB

Maximum files per volume: 8 trillion

Maximum mounted volumes per server: unlimited if all are NSS

Maximum open files per server: 1 million

Maximum directory tree depth: limited only by client

Maximum volumes per partition: unlimited

Maximum extended attributes: no limit on number of attributes.

Maximum data streams: no limit on number of data streams.

Unicode characters supported by default

Support for different name spaces: DOS, Microsoft Windows Long names (loaded by default), Unix, Apple Macintosh

Support for restoring deleted files (salvage)

Support for transparent compression

Support for encrypted volumes

Support for data shredding

Nuno Pinheiro (artist)

Nuno Pinheiro is a Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator. He specializes in iconography, themes and user interface design. Pinheiro's works include general illustrations, UI design, web design, corporate design as well as other works in creative areas.

Pinheiro started as a civil engineer, but after leaving university he started working on icon design.

He is known in Linux circles for his work in the Oxygen Project. He worked at SUSE where he started to work on the Oxygen Project; after leaving SUSE he moved on to continue his work on Oxygen. where he is the current coordinator.

In an interview with Libre Graphics magazine, he explained the history of the Oxygen Project and how it developed into a design platform with over 2000 icons, wallpapers, sound effects and window styles.He was responsible for the Crystal icon set that can be seen in the open suite. He currently works for Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB (KDAB) as a UI designer. His computer art is used on KDE computer platforms worldwide, and the cloud desktop eyeOS uses work by Pinheiro extensively.


openSUSE ( ), formerly SUSE Linux and SuSE Linux Professional, is a Linux distribution sponsored by SUSE Linux GmbH and other companies. It is widely used throughout the world. The focus of its development is creating usable open-source tools for software developers and system administrators, while providing a user-friendly desktop and feature-rich server environment.

The initial release of the community project was a beta version of SUSE Linux 10.0. The current stable release is openSUSE Leap 15.0. The community project offers a rolling release version called openSUSE Tumbleweed, which is continuously updated with tested, stable packages. This is based on the rolling development code base called "Factory". Other tools and applications associated with the openSUSE project are YaST, Open Build Service, openQA, Snapper, Machinery, Portus and Kiwi.

Novell created openSUSE after purchasing SuSE Linux AG for US$210 million on 4 November 2003. The Attachmate Group acquired Novell and split Novell and SUSE into two autonomous subsidiary companies. After The Attachmate Group merged with Micro Focus in November 2014, SUSE became its own business unit. On 4 July 2018, EQT Partners purchased SUSE for 2.5 billion USD.


ReiserFS is a general-purpose, journaled computer file system formerly designed and implemented by a team at Namesys led by Hans Reiser. ReiserFS is currently supported on Linux (without quota support) licensed as GPLv2. Introduced in version 2.4.1 of the Linux kernel, it was the first journaling file system to be included in the standard kernel. ReiserFS is the default file system on the Elive, Xandros, Linspire, and YOPER Linux distributions. ReiserFS was the default file system in Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise until Novell decided to move to ext3 on October 12, 2006 for future releases.Namesys considered ReiserFS (now occasionally referred to as Reiser3) stable and feature-complete and, with the exception of security updates and critical bug fixes, ceased development on it to concentrate on its successor, Reiser4. Namesys went out of business in 2008 after Hans Reiser was convicted and sentenced to fifteen years to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Nina Reiser. Nevertheless, volunteers continue to work on the open source project.

SUSE Linux

SUSE Linux ( or ; German: [ˈzuːzə]) is a computer operating system. 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, basically an acronym of “Software und System-Entwicklung” (software and systems development), and 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. On 27 April 2011, Novell (and SUSE) were acquired by The Attachmate Group, 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. SUSE continues to operate as an independent business unit. 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.

SUSE Linux Enterprise

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is a Linux-based operating system developed by SUSE. It is designed for servers, mainframes, and workstations but can be installed on desktop computers for testing as well. Major versions are released at an interval of 3–4 years, while minor versions (called "Service Packs") are released about every 12 months. SUSE Linux Enterprise products, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, receive more intense testing than the openSUSE community product, with the intention that only mature, stable versions of the included components will make it through to the released enterprise product.

It is developed from a common code base with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and other SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

IBM's Watson was built on IBM's Power7 systems using SLES.In March 2018, SUSE Product Manager Jay Kruemcke wrote in SUSE blog that SLES developers have ported SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to Raspberry Pi.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), formerly introduced as Novell Linux Desktop, is a Linux distribution supplied by SUSE and targeted at the business market. It is targeted for desktops. New major versions are released at an interval of 24–36 months, while minor versions (called service packs) are released every 9–12 months. SUSE Linux Enterprise products, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, receive much more intense testing than the openSUSE community product, with the intention that only mature, stable versions of the included components will make it through to the released enterprise product.

The current version is SLED 15, which is developed from a common codebase with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and other SUSE Linux Enterprise products. SLED includes Evolution 3.26 and many other popular open source packages such as Dia, TigerVNC, and lftp.

SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio was an online Linux software creation tool by SUSE. Users could develop their own Linux distro, software appliance or virtual appliance, mainly choosing which applications and packages they want on their "custom" Linux and how it looks.

Users can choose between openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise as a base and pick from a variety of pre-configured images including jeOS, minimal server, GNOME and KDE desktops.

The SUSE Studio service was shut down on the 15th of February 2018.

Spacewalk (software)

Spacewalk is an open-source systems management solution for system provisioning, patching and configuration licensed under GNU General Public License v2. It is constructed from free and open source software (FOSS) components.

Sus, Azerbaijan

Sus (also, Suse) is a village in the Lachin Rayon of Azerbaijan.

Susa Valley

The Susa Valley (Italian: Val di Susa; Piedmontese: Valsusa; French: Val de Suse; Occitan: Val d'Ors) is a valley in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont region of northern Italy, located between the Graian Alps in the north and the Cottian Alps in the south. It is the longest valley in Italy. It extends over 50 km (31 mi) in an east-west direction from the French border to the outskirts of Turin. The valley takes its name from the city of Susa which lies in the valley. The Dora Riparia river, a tributary of the Po, flows through the valley.

A motorway runs through the valley from Turin to Chambéry in France through the Fréjus tunnel or by crossing the Col du Mont Cenis (2083m), and to Briançon, also in France, over the Col de Montgenèvre.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer for running Linux binary executables (in ELF format) natively on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.


YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) is a Linux operating system setup and configuration tool.

YaST is featured in the openSUSE Linux distribution, as well as SUSE's derived commercial distributions. It is also part of the defunct United Linux.

YaST features tools that can configure many aspects of the system.

The first SuSE distribution that included YaST was released in May 1996.

YaST was re-written in 1999 and included first in SuSE Linux 6.3 as an installer-only.

YaST2 was added to the desktop in SuSE Linux 6.4 and co-existed with YaST1 until YaST1's removal in SuSE Linux 8.0.


ZYpp (or libzypp) is a package manager engine that powers Linux applications like YaST, Zypper and the implementation of PackageKit for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise. Unlike some more basic package managers, it provides a satisfiability solver to compute package dependencies. It is a free and open-source software project sponsored by Novell and licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2 or later. ZYpp is implemented mostly in the programming language C++.

Zypper is the native command-line interface of the ZYpp package manager to install, remove, update and query software packages of local or remote (networked) media. Its graphical equivalent is the YaST package manager module. It has been used in openSUSE since version 10.2 beta1. In openSUSE 11.1, Zypper reached version 1.0. On June 2, 2009, Ark Linux announced that it has completed its review of dependency solvers and has chosen ZYpp and its tools to replace the aging APT-RPM, as the first distribution to do so. Zypper is also part of the mobile Linux distributions MeeGo, Sailfish OS, and Tizen.

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