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ZDNet UK: SuSE Looks to Stabilize Linux

Apr 29, 2002, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"SuSE, the German Linux distributor, is increasingly trying to insulate its corporate customers from what many see as a core trait of open-source software: its changeability.

"With a corporate reorganization at the end of last year, the company decided to step up its efforts to tailor its software to large businesses running high-end machines like mainframes. The result is stricter control of its corporate software, called SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, whose technical support terms require that customers don't make too many changes of their own.

"While the move doesn't affect the way SuSE's software itself is licensed, it is a philosophical shift away from one of the advantages that made Linux popular: the ability of users to freely tweak the software to suit their own purposes..."

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