OpenSUSE history began in Germany in 1992 when four Linux enthusiasts - Roland Dyroff, Thomas Fehr, Hubert Mantel and Burchard Steinbild - SuSE Linux launch the project. Software development company Software und System Entwicklung (SuSE), originally sold sets of floppy disks containing Jarman version of Slackware Linux distribution.
Around the end of 2003, SuSE Linux was acquired by Novell, Inc.. Transition menagement also soon accompanied by changes in the license terms that apply to SuSE Linux. YaST previously proprietary then get protection under the General Public License (GPL). ISO images are provided for public download and most importantly the development of SuSE Linux is now open for participation and contribution of public developer and is the basis for the birth of openSUSE.
Since the existence of openSUSE includes the release version of SuSE Linux 10.0 in October 2005, the SuSE distribution of one hundred percent independent in the real sense. OpenSUSE generated source code, - like Fedora for Red Hat, - is the base for Novell's Linux build a commercial product that became known as SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).