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Finfacts: Germany 2006: Nuremberg Area Becoming Hotbed of Open-Source Software

May 30, 2006, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"U.S.-based Novell's takeover of Linux distributor SuSE is the strongest indication yet that Germany's Franconia is turning into Europe's 'Linux Valley.'

"The Nuremberg company SuSE (the initials stand for 'System und Software Entwicklung,' or 'System and Software Development') has come up with an easy-to-use software package for both businesses and individuals based on Linux, an open-source computer operating system once familiar only to devoted computing freaks. SuSE's success drew the attention of US software giant Novell, which bought the German company in 2004. Novell now aims to become the world's leading Linux vendor. Programmers are already envisaging a 'Linux Valley' in the middle of Germany's Franconia region, where tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in recent years..."

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