Linux vendor SuSE names new CEO

Linux operating system vendor SuSE Linux AG on Friday named Johannes Nussbickel as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Nussbickel, who was promoted from the position of chief financial officer, will replace outgoing CEO Roland Dyroff effective immediately, SuSE said in a statement.

Dyroff served as SuSE's CEO for eight years and will now become a SuSE Linux board member, the company said.

"The onus is now on us to proclaim the commercial and technical benefits of using our Linux software and service implementation, especially in an economy that is contending with a more strained financial situation," Nussbickel said in the statement.

Earlier this month, SuSE Linux released, through its U.S. subsidiary SuSE Linux Inc., the SuSE Linux Firewall on CD, a CD-ROM-based software firewall aimed at strengthening security for enterprises running Linux. The SuSE Linux Firewall on CD is an application-level gateway that comes on two CDs, but rather than being installed on a server or as a hardware device like many firewalls, is instead run directly from write-protected CDs and floppy disks.

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