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February 22, 2024

Linux and Open-Source: Far from Reaching End-of-Life


In conversation with SUSE about continuing innovation and improvements to enterprise operating systems and software.

By Joe Green | 22 February, 2024

Show Notes for Series 03 Episode 56

This podcast is produced in conjunction with SUSE.

The Linux operating system and open-source software run much of the world’s digital infrastructure. Its unusual business model is based on value-added service agreements comprising support, maintenance, security, and bug fixes.

In 2024, numerous organizations that utilize open-source software have been affected by vendor decisions to essentially block access to source code and abrupt modifications in end-of-life timetables on which businesses depend to allocate funds.

In this episode of the Tech Means Business podcast, we converse with Vishal Ghariwala of SUSE (considered one of the leading enterprise software supply and development companies) concerning the status of open-source in 2024. What options exist for companies looking at the imminent end of support for their vital, business-critical software?

We learn from Vishal, who is the Director and CTO at SUSE for the Asia-Pacific region. He shares insights drawing from his extensive experience in the world of open-source. We discuss aspects like byte-for-byte compatibility between different brand offerings, the spirit of innovation that stems from collectivism, and how software that’s developed and freely distributed aligns with traditional financial models.

The OpenELA (Open Enterprise Linux Association) can be found here:

Find out more about Liberty Linux here:


This editorial covers some of the issues discussed:


Vishal Ghariwala is here:


And your host, Joe Green, has been forked here:


By Joe Green

Joe Green is a writer based in Bristol, UK. He bought his first Mac and dial-up modem in 1992 and has worked in the tech industry since 2000. He specialises in networking, open-source, online privacy and data security.

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