Open source and open standards are a collection of efforts toward a common goal of advancing the adoption of technology that permits interoperability and provides the customer with a choice.

Today there are many open source projects and standards organizations promoting the freedom of sharing. Among its members are companies, industry groups, government agencies, and individuals. SUSE has been a leader and an active participant for years in the open source projects and open standards efforts listed below.

Open Source Contributions

SUSE is a key contributor to these and other open source projects.



GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection, includes front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada, as well as libraries for these languages (libstdc++, libgcj,...).



The GNOME project provides two things: The GNOME desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop for users, and the GNOME development platform, an extensive framework for building applications that integrate into the rest of the desktop. As an Advisory member of the community, SUSE continues to contribute heavily to the development, growth and adoption of the Gnome environment.

Heartbeat (Linux-HA

Heartbeat (Linux-HA)

The Linux-HA project provides a high-availability (clustering) solution for Linux which promotes reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) through a community development effort. The most well-known component of the Linux-HA project is Heartbeat. Heartbeat sends heartbeat packets across the network (or serial ports) to the other instances of Heartbeat as a sort of keep-alive message.

Patron of KDE


As a Patron of KDE, SUSE continues to contribute to the development of the Linux graphical desktop.

KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and UNIX workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the UNIX operating system.


LibreOffice is both a multi-platform and multi-lingual office suite and an open source project.

Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel

This is the primary site for the Linux kernel source. The Linux kernel is an operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems. It is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software.



The mission of the Mozilla project is to preserve choice and innovation on the Internet. is the producer and provider of the award-winning Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird email software, a software development tools provider, an open source community of developers and testers, and a partner for the technology industry.



The Open Build Service (OBS) is an open and complete software distribution development platform. It provides the infrastructure to create software packages for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures as well as add-ons, appliance images or entire Linux distributions.



This is an openSUSE automated testing tool. It runs regular automated tests of the openSUSE Factory distribution to find bugs early in the development cycle.



The openSUSE project is a worldwide community program sponsored by SUSE that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The program provides anyone with free and easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, SUSE Linux.



OpenStack is a global project producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. SUSE's Cloud infrastructure solution is based on OpenStack's interrelated cloud computing platform components and leverages SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and tools.

Open Virtualization Alliance

Open Virtualization Alliance

Open Virtualization Alliance is a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). The consortium will promote examples of customer successes, encourage interoperability and accelerate the expansion of the ecosystem of third party solutions around KVM, providing businesses improved choice, performance and price for virtualization.



An open source Linux management project. Spacewalk enables administrators to stage software, manage the deployment of software and deploy software updates to Linux systems. Spacewalk also provides provisioning and monitoring capabilities.



Xen is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation. Xen is open source software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. We have a fully functional ports of Linux 2.4 and 2.6 running over Xen, and regularly use it for running demanding applications like MySQL, Apache and PostgreSQL. Any Linux distribution (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian, Mandrake) should run unmodified over the ported OS.



YaST, which was put under GPL in 2004, is the most powerful installation, configuration and administration tool in the Linux environment and is included in any SUSE Linux Enterprise or openSUSE system.

YaST safely guides you through the installation procedure. In many cases, a few clicks are all that is needed to install SUSE Linux based systems on your machine. YaST automatically detects the available hardware and submits proposals for resizing any existing Windows installation. With YaST you can configure the Internet connection, the graphical interface, and peripheral devices such as printers and scanners in no time. YaST is also a reliable helper for the user administration, security settings, and the installation of additional software.

YaST offers a high degree of modularity and allows you to add modules at any time. As it has been open sourced, third-party companies can develop YaST plug-ins that make it easier to administer their own applications.

Industry Affiliations

EDA Consortium

EDA Consortium

The mission of the EDAC is to promote the health of the EDA industry, presenting a guideline for which platforms EDA vendors and customers should target for design starts. SUSE participates in the EDA Roadmap process.

The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux through standardization and technical collaboration. SUSE's continued support and certification with the Linux Standard Base helps to ensure interoperability between applications and the Linux platform. The Linux Foundation also hosts a number efforts focused on solving key issues facing Linux including printing, accessibility, desktop interfaces and application packaging.



Shaping cloud computing requirements and solutions through the formation of long-term requirements with focus on secure cloud federation, infrastructure automation, management and transparency.



OASIS is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces.

Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network

OIN is an intellectual property company that was formed to promote the Linux system by using patents to create a collaborative ecosystem. SUSE is a founding member of the organization.

Open Virtualization Alliance

Open Virtualization Alliance

The open Virtualization Alliance fosters the adoption of KVM through increased awareness and understanding of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine(KVM) technology. The Alliance promotes best practices and interoperability through education, solutions and marketing and promotional activities.


Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation

Formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers. SPEC develops suites of benchmarks and also reviews and publishes submitted results.