2011 has been a big year for SUSE Linux. Novell, which had been the parent of SUSE, was acquired by Attachmate $2.2 billion dollar deal, and SUSE was spun out as a separate business unit.
One of the key leaders of SUSE is former Novell executive Allen Clark, who currently serves as the Board Chair for the openSUSE Project. In Clark’s view, the split from Novell has been a very positive thing for SUSE.
“We call it SUSE Unleashed,” Clark told InternetNews.com. “The new leadership is very positive and focused, and they want to see this business grow.”
While Clark is very positive on the SUSE business and its prospects, he admitted that the business still faces challenges. The biggest one in his view is that of perception.
“The biggest challenge is getting people to recognize what SUSE has already done,” Clark said. “We just don’t seem to get the credit we deserve.”