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SuSE Linux cuts jobs, hires new CEO

German Linux seller SuSE has laid off about 10 percent of its staff--approximately 50 people in several German locations--while promoting Chief Financial Officer Johannes Nussbickel to chief executive officer. Co-founder and former CEO Roland Dyroff will become a member of the supervisory board, the company said Friday.

German Linux seller SuSE has laid off about 10 percent of its staff--approximately 50 people in several German locations--while promoting Chief Financial Officer Johannes Nussbickel to chief executive officer.

Co-founder and former CEO Roland Dyroff will become a member of the supervisory board, the company said Friday.

The job cuts, affecting mostly nontechnical personnel, were spurred by slower spending in the computing industry, the company said. The management change was part of a shift to focus from technology matters to business matters.

SuSE, which believes the German Linux market is ahead of the U.S. market, laid off 30 U.S. employees in February. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

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