“Novell will soon release a major upgrade to its SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 line. The enhancements, announced at the company’s annual BrainShare tradeshow, will be rolled out in the form of the operating system’s first service pack: SP1. ‘Service packs’ usually consist of bug-patches, with few major changes. Like Microsoft with its SP2 patch to Windows XP, however, Novell has elected to make major improvements with this approach. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 includes SLES and SLED.”
Novell Preps SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP1
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2007-03-20 7:34 pmConstantine XVI
Please don’t flamebait. Some of us like to have a civlizied discussion about these things. Comments like that help entrench OSS’s disorganized reputation
“… With this, Novell will also include new paravirtualized network and block device drivers said to allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 operating with chips that support Intel VT (Virtualization Technology) and AMD “Pacifica” virtualization. ”
afaik, PARA-virtualized means non-VT/Pacifica platforms. you can only run un-modified guests FULLY-virtualized on VT-enabled platforms (correct me if im wrong). so what exactly does the article mean?
2007-03-20 8:16 pmConstantine XVI
If you read that quote again, you will notice it said:
“paravirtualized network and block device drivers”
In other words, it’s making fake network card and storage drivers for Windows to talk to, like VMWare and friends already do. But, the OS is running using Pacifica/VT.
While I don’t necessarily agree with or condone Novell’s sordid affair with Microsoft, I do respect their Linux products. Few will argue that SLED/SLES 10 is not a powerhouse of the Linux community. It is efforts like this that will legitimize Linux for the masses. OpenSUSE is clearly a fertile test bed and it’s good to see the fruits of the community’s labors winding up in SLED 10. This new service pack will add a raft of new features (I wonder if one of them will be AIGLX as an option instead of XGL.) A video illustrating the improvements to the new SLED menu can be viewed here (scroll down to the bottom of the page.) http://ostoolbox.blogspot.com/search/label/suse
2007-03-20 10:34 pmkaiwai
While I don’t necessarily agree with or condone Novell’s sordid affair with Microsoft, I do respect their Linux products.
But if the net result of working with Microsoft is WMA/WMV compatibility and a load of other stuff, isn’t that better than customers never moving to Linux because the lack of compatibility in that area?
Once you’ve got them on Linux, then you can wean then off the Microsoft technology slowly – its like a drug addict giving up their habit.
2007-03-21 2:38 aminvisik
Thanks for the link to that video, great to see it in action. I’ve gotten very used to the current menu and it does look like it will be just as easy on the new one. The dedicated Shutdown button makes sense as well!
I’d like the ability to turn off the “Recent” sections of the menu. I like it for Documents but not for Applications.
We’ll see how it is when it gets here.
2007-03-21 4:16 amSouthern.Pride
I have been a Red Hat user since 99 and I think SuSE from what reports have been written on SLED is one slick desktop package. Microsoft had to do something with Linux I know a lot of people instantly state they turned on the community but I actually do not see it that way. The customers want both Windows/Linux in their business/datacenters so it really is a win for the Linux desktop movement. Who knows maybe MS knows they cannot hold the desktop forever and see the Linux desktop as the next winner as in market share.
I hope SuSE really pushes SLED hard they need to let the end user see the difference and want the change. They will drive the market and what operating system is being used not just the vendor. Kudos to SuSE for such slick OS!
Even more than SLE SP1, I’m looking forward to Open Enterprise Server 2. If it lives up to its billing, this will be the bridge between NetWare and Linux in my orgranization outside of webserver duties.
I saw in a screenshot somewhere that SP1 includes a new version of their gnome-main-menu (aka slab) app. Would someone know where to get a package of it for Ubuntu Feisty?
Did they get permission from MS to release a service pack?