Attachmate made no changes to the relationship between SUSE (formerly Novell) and the open SUSE project.After the 2014 merger of the Attachmate Group with Micro Focus, SUSE reaffirmed their commitment to open SUSE.This means that only the changes, between the installed package and the new one, are downloaded.This reduces bandwidth consumption and update time, which is especially important on slow Internet connections.On April 27, 2011, Attachmate completed its acquisition of Novell.
The ISO has the advantages of an easy install package, the ability to operate even if the user's network card does not work "out of the box", and less experience needed (i.e., an inexperienced Linux user may not know whether or not to install a certain package, and the ISO offers several preselected sets of packages).
Like most Linux distributions, open SUSE includes both a default graphical user interface (GUI) and a command line interface option.
Users of open SUSE may choose several desktops environments GUIs like GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt, Xfce.
open SUSE supports thousands of software packages across the full range of free software / open source development.
In the past, the SUSE Linux company had focused on releasing the SUSE Linux Personal and SUSE Linux Professional box sets which included extensive printed documentation that was available for sale in retail stores.