Linux and Open Source: SUSE Linux Marks 25 Milestones in 20 Years

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-02-17 Print this article Print
The Origins: 1992

The Origins: 1992

In September 1992, three German university math students and a recently graduated software engineer formed a company to develop software, as well as function as an advisory Unix group. Seeing the potential of Linux, the team decided to distribute Linux operating systems and offer support services. It chose the name "S.u.S.E," using an acronym for a German term that meant software and systems development. The name was eventually shortened to "SUSE."

SUSE is planning to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a yearlong campaign highlighting its history and its future. The longtime provider of enterprise Linux solutions will showcase major historical milestones and discuss plans for the future through a series of worldwide events that will include SUSECon 2012, the premier event for SUSE customers, partners and enthusiasts. The company's roots go back to the fall of 1992. "We have a lot to celebrate in 2012," Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE, said in a statement. "SUSE today is the recognized market leader in several important segments, and is well-positioned to take advantage of an ever-expanding market for commercial Linux and open-source technologies. We plan to recognize the people, the events and the technological developments that have helped bring us to where we are today." SUSE plans to roll out information and activities highlighting how the company has evolved from its early beginnings in the open-source industry to forging partnerships with some of the world's leading technology vendors to deliver innovation, investment protection and enterprise-quality software infrastructure to a generation of customers.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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