SUSE already develops SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), a commercial RPM-based distribution for businesses who want to invest in Open Source technologies, but now that company announced that it will fork Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) using publicly available sources and develop a RHEL-compatible distribution that will be available to everyone without any restrictions.
“This collaborative effort demonstrates SUSE’s deep-rooted commitment to fostering innovation and nurturing community-driven development, and it reinforces the fundamental values of open-source software. We invite the community to actively engage and collaborate in shaping the future of this essential software,” said Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, Chief Technology and Product Officer, SUSE.
However, don’t expect anything anytime soon because SUSE says that this RHEL fork will be developed over the next few years with an investment of more than $10 million US dollars. SUSE also expects the Linux and Open Source community, especially those relying on a free RHEL clone, to collaborate and actively engage in the development of this RHEL-compatible distribution.