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.
This means that only the changes, between the installed package and the new one, are downloaded.
The community develops open SUSE collaboratively with its corporate sponsors through the Open Build Service, open QA, writing documentation, designing artwork, fostering discussions on open mailing lists and in Internet Relay Chat channels, and improving the open SUSE site through its wiki interface.
open SUSE offers a stable base with its open SUSE Leap version.
open SUSE is the successor to SUSE Linux Professional.
Beyond the distributions and tools, the open SUSE Project provides a web portal for community involvement.