EQT Partners is acquiring SUSE Linux from struggling Micro Focus International for $2.535 billion, the companies confirmed this morning.

SUSE Linux competes most directly against Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The company has been acquired and sold multiple times over the past decade. The timeline includes:

Fast forward to present day, and Micro Focus has been struggling under the weight of the more recent HP Enterprise software business acquisition. The company's stock collapsed earlier this year amid weak earnings and a CEO change.

By selling off the SUSE Linux business, Micro Focus plans to pay down debt and return some of the sum to shareholders.