Richard Brown, president of openSUSE. sent an e-mail message to 2 July, announcing that the main openSUSE sponsor, SUSE, was sold to an organization called EQT Partners.
The impact that the acquisition of SUSE Linux Enterprise will have on openSUSE will come in the near future, but Brown says the development of the openSUSE project will continue as before.
Nils Brauckmann (CEO of SUSE Linux Enterprise) took me personally this morning to assure me that this news will not have a negative impact on openSUSE. This will be the third acquisition of SUSE since the creation of openSUSE, and the second under the leadership of Nils and his team. Just as it has happened the other times, SUSE will not change the relationship between the company and the openSUSE project. SUSE is still committed to supporting the openSUSE community, which plays a key role in the success of the company, which is expected to continue working with EQT.
Recall that in recent years, the European company SUSE Linux has changed owners several times.
It was purchased by Novell for 2004. Attachmate, then funded by Microsoft, bought Novell and SUSE 2010. 2014, Micro Focus purchased Attachmate and SUSE continued as an independent division. Today we have heard that SUSE has announced that EQT will buy the stake from Micro Focus for 2,5 billion.
The acquisition is subject to approval by Micro Focus's shareholders and regulators, which is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2019.
It remains to be seen the developments, surely the friends of the distribution are watching….