12.05.09

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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE and GroundWork, Samsung and LG

Posted in GNU/Linux, LG, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Samsung, Servers, SLES/SLED at 8:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Analysis of new deals and Linux products from which Microsoft is illegitimately making money

SLES

IT HAS been another quiet week for SUSE (SLES/SLED), with very few exceptions. GroundWork, for example, has announced that it chose SLES 11 for a product. From the press release, which did not escape the attention of Novell’s PR people:

Targeted at small environments, with a price of $59, the new appliance combines GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Quickstart with a fully supported version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell.

Enterprise Quickstart was built as part of the SUSE Appliance Program and offers:

* A fully-supported and licensed version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Another sighting of SLES:

Big Blue has made a bevy of applications—IBM DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, WebSphere Portal Server, Lotus Web Content Management, WebSphere sMash and Novell’s SUSE Linux—available on Amazon Web Services.

Well, that’s about it as far as SLES is concerned, but it was mentioned alongside Red Hat in the following reports:

1. Making big ones out of small ones: SGI

SGI is taking a different, and much larger, swing at this with its new UltraViolet Nehalem-based clusters. According to Geoff Noer of SGI, these boxes will scale to 2,048 cores and 16TB of memory with a single operating system instance – unmodified SUSE or Red Hat Linux.

2. Concurrent unhoods RedHawk Linux 5.4

With Red Hat, Novell – and now Intel, thanks to its $884m acquisition of Wind River – all crowding into the real-time Linux space, Concurrent has to keep on its toes and keep its RedHawk Linux, well, current.

3. rPath Expands Operating System Coverage with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5

rPath, an innovator in automating application deployment and maintenance, today announced a management solution for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux® operating system. The move expands the rPath release automation platform beyond operating systems such as Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5. This provides Red Hat customers a solution for low-overhead, compliant system provisioning and maintenance across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

4. Enterprise – rPath Expands Operating System Coverage with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5

rPath, an innovator in automating application deployment and maintenance, today announced a management solution for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux® operating system. The move expands the rPath release automation platform beyond operating systems such as Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5. This provides Red Hat customers a solution for low-overhead, compliant system provisioning and maintenance across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

5. rPath Expands to Datacenter Automation

The Conary system is, in some ways, a rival to Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) technology used by Linux vendors Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and Novell. As to why rPath isn’t taking an open source route for its automation technology, there are a number of reasons.

Samsung and LG

One area that heats up when it comes to Ballnux (Microsoft-taxed Linux) is mobile phones. According to sources in the east, the release of Bada is just days away. Bada is of course Ballnux.

Prior to its official public announcement of “bada” on December 8 at Vinopolis in London, Samsung Electronics unveiled some details about its first mobile platform.

This was followed by the following reports from Western Web sites:

i. Samsung bada to be unveiled Dec. 8

Samsung’s bada has received a definitive public debut date through an invitation sent to the press. The phone platform and its development kit should be given their first public airing at an event in London on December 8th. Besides showing the software, the gathering will also have Samsung discuss its future mobile strategy.

ii. Samsung Bada Coming on December 8

The second week of December is promising to be a busy one for the mobile phone community. Opening up the week is the launch of the Motorola Milestone on the 7th, while Google seems to have something up its sleeve on the 10th (the Android Marketplace and possibly, the Android 2.1).

Based on another report from the far east, LG is likely to release more Ballnux phones. [via]

LG Electronics (LGE) plans to launch 25-30 new handsets in the Taiwan market in the next six months and aims to grab a 15% share of the local handset market with shipments reaching one million units in 2010, according to Finsen Chen, vice president of telecom business at LGE Taiwan.

Both Samsung and LG pay Microsoft for the use of Linux, so their products need to be avoided.

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