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Keeping the Open in Open Source – Virtual Craft Beer Tastings with SUSE and R2i

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SUSE puts the “open” back in open source, giving you the agility to tackle innovation challenges today and the freedom to evolve your strategy and solutions tomorrow without vendor lock-in. Join SUSE and R2i to learn how you can simplify management of a heterogenous Linux IT landscape with a single tool that supports multiple distributions (SLES, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux, and Ubuntu) and architectures (x86, IBM Power Systems and z Systems). In addition, discover how SUSE offers an alternative to CentOS users requiring maintenance, support, and patches to keep their systems running and secure.

You are invited to a free virtual beer tasting experience in collaboration with SUSE, and Certified Cicerone®, beer sommelier and international beer judge Paul Davies.


  • Welcome and R2i Intro – 5 minutes
  • Presentation on SUSE Manager & SUSE Liberty Linux – 25 minutes
  • Beer Tasting – 1 hour

Who should attend:

ITOps, DevOps and tech leaders (CTO, CIO, Head of ITOps, VP Infrastructure) who are beer enthusiasts! Even if you don’t drink beer, join us and share the beer and newfound knowledge with family/friends.

Session topics:

SUSE Manager can handle the full lifecycle of Linux devices, from remote installation to cloud orchestration, automatic updates, custom configuration, performance monitoring, compliance, and security audits.

SUSE Liberty Linux is a technology and support solution that will secure your Linux future without fear of vendor lock-in. With SUSE Liberty Linux, you get trusted support and proven management tools that are optimized for mixed Linux environments, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

SUSE Liberty Linux is perfect for companies that:

  • Cannot afford to migrate workloads
  • Are running a mixed Linux environment
  • Need a trusted partner with proven Enterprise Linux expertise and a rich Linux history

Three reasons to attend:

  1. Understand the importance of a patch management tool for a security strategy
  2. Learn about key approaches to support your Linux landscape
  3. Enjoy a virtual beer tasting experience

What to expect at our tutored tasting experience:

  • A guided tasting from Certified Cicerone® (beer sommelier) and International Beer Judge Paul Davies
  • Includes a profile of the brewery, insight into how the beer is made and a history of the beer style
  • A lovingly curated set of 5 different beers delivered to your doorstep
  • Tuition on how to taste beer and how beer is made from grain to glass
  • Questions are welcome!

Register now and enjoy a virtual beer tasting experience!

Sean Rickerd
Sales Engineer | SUSE
Sean Rickerd has been a Sales Engineer for SUSE since 2013, operating primarily in Canada. Sean has been a Linux user since his teens and his career has been focused on infrastructure, architecture, and security of Linux environments. Since joining SUSE, he has spoken and given technical presentations and demos to governments, corporate clients, and at large industry events including SAP TechEd && D-code in Las Vegas, SUSECON in Orlando, Amsterdam, and Washington, DC, the Open Infrastructure Summit in Berlin, and the Salon du logiciel libre du Québec in the city of Québec. A geek through and through, Sean can also be seen in the popular SUSE music videos as an official member of the SUSEband.


About Suse

SUSE is a global leader in innovative, reliable, and secure enterprise-grade open-source solutions, relied upon by more than 60% of the Fortune 500 to power their mission-critical workloads. We specialize in business-critical Linux, Enterprise Container Management and Edge solutions, and collaborate with partners and communities to empower our customers to innovate everywhere – from the data centre, to the cloud, to the edge and beyond.

Paul Davies
Beer Sommelier | Cicerone
I am an accredited Beer Sommelier, certified Cicerone® and international beer judge, and have been conducting beer tours, tutored tastings, and sensory training for many years.

Over the years I have amassed a huge amount of knowledge of London’s pubs, craft breweries and taprooms, and built up a network of contacts with some of the key people involved in the city’s vibrant beer culture. I have also amassed an intensive knowledge of the best breweries and beer festivals in Belgium. I visit the country frequently, developing contacts within the industry to ensure that my guests enjoy the best Belgium beer experiences possible. 

In a previous life, I was a member of the Quality team at Fuller’s, London’s oldest brewery. I also delivered brewery tours at its Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, welcoming visitors from the UK and overseas. I have hosted tutored beer tastings for many years and have a thorough knowledge of beer – from grain to glass.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience with you.


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