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The curtain came down yesterday on SUSECON, the first conference held for users, employees and partners of the SUSE Linux company.

Vice-president Michael Miller used the closing keynote at the Caribe Royale resort centre in Orlando, Florida, to speak about the company's new technologies, with particular emphasis on the cloud.

SUSE has an offering called SUSE Cloud which can be installed and used to set up both private and public clouds.

Two SUSE engineers, Pete Chadwick and Christoph Thiel, installed the software on a Dell server that had been set up for the purpose. They then used this machine to run a program that picked the winners of tablets and laptops that were offered by sponsors of the conference.

Miller was bullish about the conference, assuring the attendees that it would become an annual event and that everyone present would receive information about the dates and location for the 2013 event.

Dell datacentre solutions group's executive director of cloud software solutions, John Igoe, also spoke at the closing ceremony, outlining the company's role in developing OpenStack, the software on which SUSE has based its cloud offering.

Later, a summit devoted to openSUSE, the community Linux distribution set up by SUSE, kicked off.

The openSUSE event runs for two more days and winds up on Sunday afternoon.

The writer attended SUSECON as a guest of SUSE


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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.