In the past, the SUSE Linux company had focused on releasing the SUSE Linux Personal and SUSE Linux Professional box sets which included extensive printed documentation that was available for sale in retail stores.
The company's ability to sell an open source product was largely due to the closed-source development process used.
Users that prefer more up-to-date free software can use its rolling release distribution Tumbleweed. Moreover, the flexibility of open SUSE makes it easy to re-purpose for specific goals like running a web- or mail server.
Like most Linux distributions, open SUSE includes both a default graphical user interface (GUI) and a command line interface option.
In addition, Novell discontinued the Personal version, renaming the Professional version to simply "SUSE Linux", and repricing "SUSE Linux" to about the same as the old Personal version.
As of version 10.2, the SUSE Linux distribution was officially renamed to open SUSE.
This is based on the rolling development code base called 'Factory'.
Other tools and applications associated with the open SUSE project are Ya ST, Open Build Service, open QA, Snapper, Machinery, Portus and Kiwi.
Over the years, Su SE Linux has gone from a status of a distribution with restrictive, delayed publications (2 months of waiting for those who had not bought the box, without ISOs available, but installation available via FTP) and a closed development model to a free distribution model with immediate and freely availability for all and transparent and open development. On April 27, 2011, Attachmate completed its acquisition of Novell.
Attachmate split Novell into two autonomous business units, Novell and SUSE.
The community develops open SUSE collaboratively with its corporate sponsors through the Open Build Service, open QA, writing documentation, designing artwork, fostering discussions on open mailing lists and in Internet Relay Chat channels, and improving the open SUSE site through its wiki interface.
open SUSE offers a stable base with its open SUSE Leap version.
Novell created open SUSE after purchasing Su SE Linux AG for US0 million on 4 November 2003.