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Novell News Summary – Part II: More SUSE and Xandros

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Novell, Xandros at 11:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A quick look at the latest news involving SLE* and Xandros

SUSE (SLES/SLED)

SUSE is incorporated into a variety of products and one of its merits is great flexibility that Novell routinely brags about. Here is an article about SUSE Studio:

One of the best ways to try out a new Linux distribution is to download a bootable ISO or USB image file and give it a quick spin. The Knoppix distribution was one of the first to distribute in a bootable CD form, making it possible to try out Linux without installing to a hard drive. VMware added another option to the mix with the release of their free VMware Player. With that introduction came the flood of new Linux-based appliances targeted at the VMware environment.

Here is a new comparison between SUSE and Windows.

The following press release has a bit of OES, which is based on Linux now.

Unitrends Release 4.1 data protection software (see related announcement dated today) for support of up to 40 operating systems now including the Windows Server 2008 family and the Novell OES family of products. Microsoft Hyper-V and Xen virtualization platforms are also supported.

Moblin v2.0 needs no introduction, but its newly-found connection with SUSE/Novell is still making some headlines, e.g.:

Getting a little further and deeper into hardware, the role of Novell in DisplayLink’s support for Linux is commendable and it is mentioned even in the company’s own press release:

In order to encourage the development of the best possible support for USB displays in Linux, DisplayLink has partnered with Novell, developer of SUSE Linux. “Novell works with hardware partners, like DisplayLink, to provide support for a wide range of devices in SUSE Linux Enterprise,” said Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of business and product management at Novell. “Support for DisplayLink USB graphics devices will build on the broad hardware support already available in SUSE Linux Enterprise for notebooks, netbooks, and desktops and will give customers greater flexibility in choosing which device they use.”

CIOL is also out with this press release (tweaked slightly to give an illusion, or in other words, there is slight editing of the press release, pretending it should be an article). There is another one from that very same source and more in eWeek/Ziff Davis.

“Novell works with hardware partners, like DisplayLink, to provide support for a wide range of devices in SUSE Linux Enterprise,” said Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of business and product management at Novell.

More SLES on hardware:

i. IBM goes live with Smart Cube appliance server

They deploy Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (on Xeon iron) or IBM’s own I 6.1 operating system (for Power iron) on a range of server appliances that IBM monitors and manages remotely. They also come with a wide range – well, at some point in the future, anyway – of application software that can be automatically downloaded, installed, and managed by Big Blue in conjunction with its software partners.

ii. Appro bridges Tesla GPUs, Nehalems

Appro is supporting Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2 and Update 3 on the HyperPower clusters and will eventually support Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11 for its European customers.

A company called Double-Take Software has just added SLES support.

Double-Take(R) Software today announced the availability of Double-Take(R) for Linux version 4.5 which enables customers to easily protect the availability of Linux-based IT workloads without requiring specialized or proprietary hardware and storage-based availability solutions. This new version of Double-Take for Linux offers extended distribution support for Novell(R) SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server 10 and CentOS 4 and 5. It also adds disk block-level replication to its current file byte-level capabilities, making Double-Take for Linux the only software-based product to provide both byte-level and block-level replication.

More here:

The company said that the new version of Double-Take for Linux offers extended distribution support for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and CentOS 4 and 5. It also adds disk block-level replication to its current file byte-level capabilities, making it the only software-based product to provide both byte-level and block-level replication.

Xandros

The flood of news about Presto is more or less over. The only news right now is about Synchronoss and Xandros.

Synchronoss Technologies has partnered with Xandros to offer the first single-source solution to automate the activation and provisioning of netbook devices on 3G and 4G wireless networks, according to the companies.

Synchronoss Technologies is a global provider of on-demand transaction management software platforms and Xandros provides seamless Windows-Linux interoperability and open source netbook software solutions.

More details can be found here:

Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SNCR), in Bridgewater, said it partnered with Xandros, in New York, for on-the-go activation of wireless service for netbooks.

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