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CNET News.com: SuSE: Germany tops Linux market

Mar 26, 2001, 20:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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"German Linux seller SuSE expects to become profitable in 12 to 18 months, considerably later than U.S. rival Red Hat, but the company would much rather stay on its side of the Atlantic."

"The Linux market in Germany is so ahead of the U.S.," Chief Technology Officer Dirk Hohndel said in an interview during the CeBit trade show in Germany. "This is the best Linux market there is."

"Though Hohndel didn't have statistics to back up his belief, he pointed to evidence such as Deutsche Telekom's use of SuSE Linux on an IBM mainframe, its subsidiary T-Online using hundreds of other SuSE servers, and other customers such as BMW and Daimler Chrysler."

"SuSE's business in Germany has been focused much more on services such as customizing or installing Linux systems--an approach that flopped in the U.S, Hohndel said. SuSE laid off 30 people, two thirds of its U.S. workforce, in February."

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