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SUSE Linux, the Germany-based outfit, is set to record turnover of around $US265 million in its second year as a standalone business unit.

SUSE president and general manager Nils Brauckmann (pictured) told iTWire that this would be an increase of 14 percent on turnover in the first year, which had worked out to about $US234 million after mid-year projections of $US225 million.

At the first SUSE national conference, held in Orlando, Florida in September 2012, Brauckmann had projected growth of 18 to 20 percent over the first five years of operation. The profit margins remain between 15 to 20 percent.

Brauckmann was in Melbourne to speak at a one-day SUSE workshop on Thursday; a similar workshop was held in Sydney on Tuesday.

SUSE is the second option when it comes to enterprise Linux, the first being in Red Hat. Nevertheless, the Nuremberg-based outfit has several firsts to its name: it constitutes over 80 percent of Linux on mainframes and has 70 percent of SAP applications running on it, to name just two.

The Sydney and Melbourne workshops serve to inform a combination of existing users and possible new users; this is the second year they are being held in Australia.

Brauckmann, whose demeanour remains the same despite SUSE's success, said the workshops served to show one's face to customers; the fact that he spent 23 hours to fly in from his base in Nuremberg shows that it is worth his while to do so.

The workshop included two case studies, one of a customer who had switched from Windows to SUSE, and another of a customer who had moved from Red Hat to SUSE.

Also included was a presentation on the power of open source and Linux, by Sally Parker, the research director of IDC Australia.

The SUSE financial year runs from April 1 to March 31. SUSE operates as a standalone business unit after Novell, of which it is a part, was acquired by the Attachmate Corporation and taken private in late 2010. SUSE, the oldest Linux distribution which was acquired by Novell in 2003, began re-establishing itself as an independent unit in early 2011.

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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.

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