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.
Linux companies are extremely good at missing an opportunity to market themselves; in the wake of the disclosures of the NSA's blanket surveillance, there have been plenty of chances to publicise the fact that Linux and its open source brethren provide a safe computing environment and that companies dealing in these wares will not be selling products with backdoors.
The fact that more SAP applications are certified on SUSE has served to pull over at least one customer, the New Zealand-based Turners & Growers, to running its business on SUSE Linux.
SUSE Linux, the Germany-based outfit, is set to record turnover of around $US265 million in its second year as a standalone business unit.