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Germany open source provider SUSE will go in for an initial public offering next year, the American news service Bloomberg reports, adding that its owner, Swedish private equity firm EQT, is already consulting advisers about the listing.

If this does eventuate, it would be yet another change for the company which has been through more than its fair share of changes since it was acquired by Novell in 2003.

The report said EQT would put the value of SUSE at about 5.9 billion (A$9.58 billion), a fair bit above the US$2.535 billion (A$3.47 billion) which it paid for the company which it bought from British mainframe firm Micro Focus in July 2018.

Contacted for comment, a SUSE spokesperson said: "As a matter of corporate policy, we do not comment on rumour or speculation in the market."

The company behind the oldest Linux distribution, the Nuremberg-headquartered SUSE was bought by Novell in 2003. It was then acquired by Attachmate in 2010 and taken private, when the company bought Novell.

In 2014, Micro Focus acquired SUSE from Attachmate along with the other properties that were part of Novell. The amount that Micro Focus earned from the SUSE sale — US$2.535 billion — was more than what it paid for Attachmate as a whole – US$2.35 billion.

In July 2018, SUSE was acquired by its fourth and current owner — EQT — and the sale was closed in March the following year.

In its most recent revenue report, SUSE said its revenue had grown 14% during the third quarter of its financial year, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

SUSE is the biggest private open source company, with Red Hat, a public firm that is owned by IBM, being the biggest overall.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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