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SUSE (/ˈszə/ SOO-zə)[5] 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.

IndustryComputer software
FoundedFürth, Germany (September 2, 1992 (1992-09-02))[1]
  • Roland Dyroff
  • Thomas Fehr
  • Hubert Mantel
  • Burchard Steinbild
Area served
Key people
Melissa Di Donato (CEO)[2]
RevenueIncrease US$303.4 million (2017)[3]
Number of employees

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.[6][7] This acquisition was completed on March 15, 2019, making SUSE a standalone business.


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.[8]

Acquisition by NovellEdit

On 4 November 2003, Novell announced the acquisition of SuSE Linux AG at a price of US$210 million.[9] Novell had been migrating away from the NetWare kernel and used this acquisition as a migration path for its customers.[10] The acquisition was completed on 13 January 2004,[11] 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 AttachmateEdit

Novell was in turn acquired by The Attachmate Group on 27 April 2011.[12] Under its new owner, SUSE remained a separate company.[13] By June 2012, many former SUSE engineers who had been laid off during Novell's ownership had been brought back.[14]

Attachmate and Micro Focus mergerEdit

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.[15]

Acquisition of OpenAtticEdit

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.[16] OpenAttic was integrated into SUSE Enterprise Storage as a graphical tool to manage and monitor Ceph-based storage clusters.

Acquisition of HPE OpenStack and StackatoEdit

On March 9, 2017, SUSE announced the completion of its acquisition of assets relating to the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry products from HPE.[17] 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 PartnersEdit

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.[6] On March 15, 2019, SUSE announced the completion of the acquisition.[18]

On 22 July 2019 Melissa Di Donato, former SAP COO, was appointed CEO of SUSE. [19]


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,[20] AMD x86-64, IBM Power,[21] IBM S/390 and z Systems,[22] and Intel Itanium. Trial versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 12 are available on the site.[23] SLES is available in both on-demand and bring-your-own-subscription ("BYOS") images on Amazon EC2,[24] Microsoft Azure,[25] and Google Compute Engine.[26]

Offerings based on the Server productEdit
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications[27] - a Linux operating system optimized for SAP workloads
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service[28] - 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[29] - an infrastructure solution[buzzword] for high performance computing
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension[30] - an integrated suite of open source HA clustering and storage replication[31] technologies.
Special editions of the Server productEdit

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[32] (entitlement was included in VMware vSphere. Product end of availability has been announced )
  • SLES for Amazon EC2[24]
  • SLES for Microsoft Azure[25], which includes a specially tuned kernel[33]
  • SLES for ARM Raspberry Pi support,[34] a specially packaged version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM, tailored for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time,[35] 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,[36] the successor to Novell Linux Desktop
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension,[37] an add-on extension that adds desktop features to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • LibreOffice office productivity suite[38] is also distributed and supported by SUSE and sold as LibreOffice from SUSE

Software-Defined InfrastructureEdit


Application DeliveryEdit


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  16. ^ "SUSE Poised for Greater Growth in Software-defined Storage Market by Acquiring openATTIC Storage Management Assets from it-novum". SUSE. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  17. ^ "SUSE Completes Acquisition of OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE". SUSE. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
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  20. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM".
  21. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM Power Systems".
  22. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and LinuxONE".
  23. ^ "Linux Downloads". SUSE. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  24. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Amazon EC2".
  25. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Azure".
  26. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Google Compute Engine".
  27. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications".
  28. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service".
  29. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing".
  30. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension".
  31. ^ DRBD
  32. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware".
  33. ^ "SUSE fine-tuned Linux kernel for Microsoft Azure". TFiR. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  34. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi".
  35. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time".
  36. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop".
  37. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension".
  38. ^ "SUSE Partners with Collabora to Deliver Commercial LibreOffice Support".
  39. ^ "SUSE OpenStack Cloud".
  40. ^
  41. ^ "SUSE Enterprise Storage".
  42. ^ "SUSE Manager".
  43. ^ "SUSE Updates Enterprise Linux for the Multi-Cloud Era".
  44. ^ "SUSE CaaS Platform".
  45. ^ "SUSE Cloud Application Platform".

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