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Novell SUSE and a bit of history

SUSE against the tide, 19 December 2008 by Richard Hillesley at Tux Deluxe

SuSE was founded in Nuremberg, Germany in 1992 … The capital moment for SuSE had passed. But three years later everything changed. Novell, the network company of the 80s, jumped in and bought the company, assisted by a loan from IBM…. YaST, the SUSE installer, was released under a free software license. SUSE Linux was made available in three different forms, openSUSE, a freely downloadable bleeding edge community distribution (which was a first for SUSE), SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) and SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server).

This is another flavor of the commercial/open business model for linux distributions following Red Hat and Fedora, Canonical and Ubuntu, and perhaps even IBM with its Lotus suite. Where it gets interesting is in Novell’s license agreements with Microsoft and the legal tussles with SCO.

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