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What is openSUSE?

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The openSUSE distribution is a multi-purpose Linux distribution developed by the openSUSE project. openSUSE project is also known for various tools including OBS, OpenQA, Kiwi, YaST, and OSEM. openSUSE is also known for Tumbleweed and Leap releases. openSUSE Tumbleweed is a rolling release that offers the latest upstream releases that passed testing. openSUSE Leap features new and improved versions of server and desktop applications with long-term support. openSUSE offers both a GUI and a command-line interface option.

openSUSE also offers openSUSE Kubic for maintaining multiple container-related technologies and MicroOS, a small, scalable, and fast Linux operating system designed for container hosts and edge devices. openSUSE MicroOS is a variant of Tumbleweed and a base of openSUSE Kubic. The project is sponsored by SUSE, ARM, B1-Systems, Tuxedo Computers, and others.

SUSE was founded in 1992 in Germany. It was short for “Gesellschaft für Software- und Systementwicklung” which means, “Software and System Development”. The first GNU/Linux distribution was released in 1994. In 2003, Novell acquired SUSE. openSUSE was first officially announced in 2005 that aims to involve the community more. In 2011 Novell was acquired by Attachmate and the company decided to split SUSE into a separate business unit.

In 2014 the development branch of the project was able to publish usable rolling release distribution and started releasing Tumbleweed versions. openSUSE Leap version was created in 2015.

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