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Noncommercial Linux distro no. 7: openSUSE

openSUSE is the seventh noncommercial Linux distro in a slideshow on options for the enterprise.


Distro no. 7: openSUSE

The openSUSE chameleon
(Image credit: openSUSE)


Current version: 11.3 (as of July 15, 2010)
Code base: openSUSE
Supported hardware platforms: IA-32, x86-64
Number of users/downloads: 5,454,010 unique IPs visiting updates for 11.2 (more stats)

According to Andreas Jaeger, the program manager of openSUSE, the distribution has an "incredible ecosystem of tools." One is the openSUSE Build Service, which allows developers to build for various major Linux distributions and hardware architectures and enables users to download these packages. Other features include advanced bug reporting tools and the intuitive system management tool YaST.

OpenSUSE provides a base for Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise. Smaller companies tend to use openSUSE, and predominately larger commercial environments use the commercial SUSE Enterprise Linux.

OpenSUSE has garnered lots of feedback from users who want a secure and stable system that features excellent hardware support. OpenSUSE strives for top-notch hardware support through the most up-to-date upstream Linux kernel and through Novell's partnerships with hardware vendors such as Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co. and others.


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