Compaq Computer has invested in SuSE, a German Linux seller revamping its North American sales operation.
The Houston computing giant made the investment in December, the same time SGI invested, a SuSE spokeswoman said Tuesday. In addition, Compaq and SGI
personnel have joined SuSE's supervisory board, the company said Monday.
Other investors include Intel,
Apax, Capital Research, John Hancock and Liechtenstein Global Trust.
SuSE has been adjusting to the tougher economic climate that has afflicted Linux companies and
technology companies in general. The company cut two-thirds of its North
American staff in February.
In addition, SuSE has replaced Volker Wiegand, the former president of North
American operations. SuSE Chief Technology Officer Dirk Hohndel has taken
over, while Wiegand is returning to Germany as part of SuSE's professional
services group, the company said.
SuSE's new board members are Michael Laurim, managing director of SGI's
German operations, and Peter Mark Droste, managing director of Compaq's German operations.
In addition, Heinrich Rodewig, a partner of the German law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner, has become
chairman of the board, SuSE said.