04.12.08

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part I: OpenSUSE Screams with 743% Performance Boost, CNR Shouts in Empty Room

Posted in GNU/Linux, HP, Linspire, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 2:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

YaST backupThe past week has not been particularly quiet. OpenSUSE made an appearance in places and SLED had the H-P announcement to crow about.

OpenSUSE was briefly reviewed here, among other places.

Back to business. Working with Linux is more difficult than the OS that’s named after holes in walls. I only made it through because I was determined, and because I know a bit about Linux already. I’m told that Ubuntu, the most user-friendly Linux distro, is as good as that unmentionable OS. I haven’t used it so I can’t really judge. However, since I have just about everything I need with Susie (I even downloaded and installed codecs so I could watch video), I’m cool. And all set to become a Linux geek.

From a Novell PR/boosting blog (c/f this recent post about “Novell boosters”) came this AutoYaST post:

If you are using AutoYaST and need a way to setup NIC Bonding, then you can just follow the steps outlined here. The setup in this text is a generic setup and should work with most every hardware.

YaST bootCoolo talked about management tools as well. He claims that OpenSUSE 11.0 package installation is over 7 times faster in some cases.

We implemented some very interesting features for openSUSE 11.0 to make the
installation easier and faster:

* giving it a green face
* making the configuration automatic
* switching from bzip to lzma for rpm payload
* put images of default patterns on the DVDs
* move online update to the desktop applets
* improved package management speed

Greg Kroah-Hartman thanked his employer, Novell, for making the Linux Driver Project possible.

The Linux Driver Project (LDP) is alive and well, with over 300 developers wanting to participate, many drivers already written and accepted into the Linux kernel tree, and many more being currently developed. The main problem is a lack of projects. It turns out that there really isn’t much hardware that Linux doesn’t already support. Almost all new hardware produced is coming with a Linux driver already written by the company, or by the community with help from the company

[...]

I’d first like to thank my employer, Novell, for giving me the opportunity to work on this project full time. Their acceptance and support for the LDP is amazing and has been what has allowed it to survive and produce such great results already in a short amount of time.

Jan-Simon Möller again delivers or at least announces the OpenSUSE Weekly News (it used to be Francis):


We are pleased to announce:
Issue 17 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0]

In this week’s issue:
* openSUSE-Education 1.0 RC2 for openSUSE 10.3 is Ready
* Tips and Tricks: Quick host-to-host transfer
* Stephan Binner: openSUSE’s KDE 4.0.3 Packages
* Greg Kroah-Hartman: Linux Driver Project Status Report as of April 2008
* Reminder: openSUSE project meeting
* Event: LugRadio Live USA 2008

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/17

Have a lot of fun!


Linspire

As before, the main thing coming from Linspire’s direction are a bunch of press releases about its bread and butter (CNR). Here is the latest one.

CNR.com Adds Access to Web Software Applications

Linspire, Inc., developer of
CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com), an easy-to-use, one-click digital software
delivery service for desktop Linux software, today announced the immediate
availability of web-based software applications at CNR.com. As usage trends
show an increasing demand for web-based applications in daily connected
lives, CNR.com provides a single marketplace for users to easily find and
select software titles from over 4,000 web-based software products.

It’s not the day of the week to speak about slowdowns, but it sure seems to apply here.

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