SUSE develops several products for its Enterprise division. These commercial products target enterprise environments with a longer lifecycle (10 years, expandable to 13 years), a longer development cycle (6 to 18 months), and a guarantee of stability at the expense of development speed, technical support, and certification by independent hardware and software vendors. SUSE Linux Enterprise products are only available for sale (update fee). In contrast, openSUSE does not have separate distributions for servers, desktops, and tablets. On the contrary, repositories contain the necessary software and use installation templates to achieve the same. The release notes for this version of the supplement are available at www.hpe.com/servers/spp/download#tab=TAB4. On November 3, 2006 (extended July 27, 2011), Novell signed an agreement with Microsoft, including enhancing SUSE`s ability to collaborate with Microsoft Windows, cross-promoting/marketing both products, and granting a cross-patent license. The agreement is considered controversial by some members of the free software community.   SUSE Linux is available under two brands: openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.
openSUSE is a free community distribution managed by the openSUSE project. It contains some of the latest Linux “Bleeding Edge” technologies and is designed for home users and enthusiasts. SUSE Linux Enterprise is Suse`s tested and certified open source solution for large enterprises. By downloading, you agree to the hewlett Packard Enterprise Software License Terms. Note: For some software, a valid warranty, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise support agreement, or a license fee is required. Customer`s use of third-party software provided by SUSE (“SUSE Software”) is subject to consent to and compliance with the following license agreements (as updated from time to time by SUSE), depending on the SUSE software used by Customer: SUSE Linux Enterprise is the commercial edition of SUSE, which SUSE publishes much less often. It provides more efficient support for production and corporate departments. It is certified for a large number of enterprise applications and offers a number of specific business features, including high availability and point-of-sale extensions. In the past, SUSE uses a subset of widely tested openSUSE Linux packages as the basis for SUSE Linux Enterprise.
Starting with openSUSE 15, SUSE upgraded its “Leap” variant directly to SUSE Linux Enterprise.    According to J. Philips, novells Corporate Technology Strategist for the Asia-Pacific region, Novell will not change the way SUSE has been developed “in the medium term.”  At Novell`s annual BrainShare conference in 2004, all computers were first operated with SUSE Linux and it was announced that SUSE`s proprietary YaST2 administration program would be released under the GPL.  SUSE Linux Enterprise contains fewer packages than the openSUSE distribution. . . .