Linked by David Adams on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Long time fans of openSUSE Linux and its commercial big brother, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, will find a lot to like in this latest update.
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RE: Huh?
by lubod on Wed 21st Jul 2010 09:19 UTC in reply to "Huh?"
lubod
Member since:
2009-02-02

No, you were NOT!

OpenSuSE is based on SuSE Linux, which (a long time ago) was forked from Redhat (RPM based).

Corrections welcome.

:-)

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RE[2]: Huh?
by vivainio on Wed 21st Jul 2010 09:50 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


OpenSuSE is based on SuSE Linux, which (a long time ago) was forked from Redhat (RPM based).

Corrections welcome.


http://lwn.net/1998/0205/suse.html

Or better:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE_Linux_distributions

Thus, the company was sending a set of 40 Slackware floppy disks to people who wanted to get Linux. Thereafter, the Patrick Volkerding' scripts were translated, making in 1994 the original S.u.S.E Linux 1.0 distribution a German version of Slackware, developed in close collaboration with its developer.


Edited 2010-07-21 09:53 UTC

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RE[2]: Huh?
by cjcox on Wed 21st Jul 2010 14:49 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
cjcox Member since:
2006-12-21

Well.. openSUSE is actually the successor to what was SuSE Linux Professional, but it's really "different". So you could really say that SuSE Linux Professional "died" and now we have openSUSE.. that's probably more correct. Yes... openSUSE has evolved to become what it is today.

Neither SuSE Prof. nor openSUSE had ANYTHING to do with Red Hat with the exception of the adoption of the "Red Hat" Package Manger. Prior to that, afaik, it used the tar-ball format like Slackware (the earliest roots of SUSE Linux).

SuSE Linux Professional was known for including non-free elements which prevent it's free distribution (unlike Red Hat which was freely and WIDELY distributed under the Red Hat trademark by hundreds if not THOUSANDS of would be money makers in a plethora of commercially available formats, stores, etc.). Some of the non-free elements included things like commercial trial prodcut ware and originally, YaST. YaST was eventually made totally free (Novell actually helped support many freedom moves after the acquisition). The 3rd party add-ons (anything with a non-OSS approved license) were moved to a separate repository so that it was possible to download a totally OSS version of openSUSE and distribute freely (as long as OSS license terms were met). Thus, like Fedora (for example), there could be a distributable distro protected by trademark (something that I think you argue that Red Hat lost back in the 90's by NOT preventing the plethora of resellers using their name).

Anyway... history is interesting.

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