Users of open SUSE may choose several desktops environments GUIs like GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt, Xfce.
open SUSE supports thousands of software packages across the full range of free software / open source development.
Attachmate split Novell into two autonomous business units, Novell and SUSE.
Attachmate made no changes to the relationship between SUSE (formerly Novell) and the open SUSE project.
After The Attachmate Group merged with Micro Focus in November 2014, SUSE became its own business unit.
SUSE Linux' strategy was to create a technically superior Linux distribution with the large number of employed engineers, that would make users willing to pay for their distribution in retail stores.It comes in several editions for the x86 and x86-64 architectures (as for version 13.1): SUSE includes an installation and administration program called Ya ST ("Yet another Setup Tool") which handles hard disk partitioning, system setup, RPM package management, online updates, network and firewall configuration, user administration and more in an integrated interface.In more recent times, many more Ya ST modules have been added, including one for Bluetooth support. Sa X2 was once integrated into Ya ST to change monitor settings, however with open SUSE 11.3 Sa X2 has been removed.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.