[Smaug] That name 'SuSE' and how to pronounce it

Peter Belew abcruzww at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 07:32:30 PST 2009


SOO-suh is a reasonable adaptation of ZOO-suh to English phonetics. :)


On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 2:17 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting Peter Belew (peterbe at sonic.net):
>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE_Linux_distributions#The_origins
>>
>>   The name "S.u.S.E" was originally a German acronym for "Software und
>>   System-Entwicklung", meaning "Software and systems development", a
>>   name not so original for a software company. However, the full name
>>   has never been used and the company has always been known as
>>   "S.u.S.E", later shortened to "SuSE" in October 1998.
>
> Some time after that, they changed it officially to SUSE.
>
>> So "SuSE" is pronounced like ZOO-suh. The two S-es are pronounced differently.
>
> English-speaking SUSE/Novell employees in the USA have always tended to
> pronounce it "SOO-suh".  I used to visit the former comprehensive
> storefront office they had in North Oakland fairly frequently, circa
> 1997-8.  (These days, they have only a very small sales-only office in
> West Oakland.)
>
> I _think_ that even the German-national employees there
> (English-speaking, but with obvious accents) so pronounced it, back in
> the day -- but that was a long time ago, so I couldn't say for sure.
>
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