Andrew Wafaa is hoping to make openSUSE the Linux distribution of choice for the growing number of ARM-powered devices out there, but the project has run into a snag: a lack of ARM hardware. Like many open source projects, openSUSE has corporate sponsorship in the form of a partnership with Attachmate subsidiary SUSE - once part of Novell - which takes the open source openSUSE technology and bundles it with support contracts in a commercial format.
It's a partnership that allows openSUSE to host an annual gathering of developers - the openSUSE Conference - but it doesn't leave much cash spare for other ventures.
Usually, that's fine: contributors to open source projects either work for free or have their time paid for by a company hoping to benefit from improved support for their commercial products. When it comes to buying hardware, however, it's a whole different matter.
Developing for x86 is straightforward. Almost any chip from the past few years is compatible with any other chip, meaning that the oldest hardware and the cheapest upgrades will keep open source developers as close to the cutting edge as they need to be.