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Entering its second year as an independent business unit of the Attachmate Group, SUSE, the Linux company based in Nuremberg, has performed to expectations, the company's president and general manager told an audience on Tuesday.

Addressing the second SUSECon, the annual conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nils Brauckmann (pictured above) said turnover had been a shade over $US230 million, of which 15 to 20 per cent was the profit margin. Last year, at the first SUSECon, Brauckmann had predicted a turnover of $US225 million in the first financial year which ended in March 2013.

Brauckmann said the company now had more than 850 employees in 43 countries; the annual conference had proved popular and this year 550 attendees were present from 31 countries.

The theme of Brauckmann's keynote was Advanced Adaptability, in keeping with the company's newly adopted motto of "We adapt, you succeed".  

He said the ecosystem of independent software vendors around SUSE had grown by 24 per cent; a total of 11,400 applications were now certified to run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

On the hardware side, a total of 13,500 hardware devices were now certified for SLES.

Customers had grown overall by 27 per cent; the total count of active customers now was 19,000.

Brauckmann said the extensions for SLES had increased by 27 per cent. As far as business by region went, North America had shown the most growth, increasing by a factor of 37 per cent. Geographically, it was now the biggest area for SUSE's business, he added.

Two of SUSE's biggest business partners, SAP and IBM, were also represented at the keynote session with Chris Hallenbeck of SAP and Jim Wasko, the director of IBM's Linux Technology Centre, also making presentations.

The writer is attending SUSECon as a guest of SUSE.


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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.