"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
"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
"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."