The four set up a company to offer UNIX advice and develop software. The name SuSE was an acronym for the German for software and systems development.
The company today announced that it would showcase major historical milestones and discuss plans for the future through a series of events that will include SUSECon 2012.
In 1994, the first version of SuSE was released 1.0; two years later came version 4.2, the first to be developed entirely by the company rather than merely translated.
Six years later, came SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the first globally distributed, fully supported Linux server operating system for businesses.
In subsequent years, SUSE has released SUSE Studio for creation of custom images, SUSE Manager, a Linux server management solution, and its own verstion OpenStack, powered cloud infrastructure solution.
And, of course, one must not forget the community distribution OpenSUSE set up in 2005.
SUSE was bought by Novell in 2003 and the years that followed were not exactly the greatest in its history.
Now, back as an autonomous unit, and with one of its founders, Hubert Mantel, returning to the company, it will be looking to regain some of the glory it enjoyed when it was the most widely used GNU/Linux distribution in Europe.
Last year, Novell was purchased by Attachmate Corporation which took it private. SUSE now functions as an autonomous unit from Nuremberg.