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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE Marketing, ASUS Xandros/Scalix, and Turbolinux IPO

Posted in GNU/Linux, Marketing, Novell, Review, Scalix, Security, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux, Videos, Xandros at 4:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: A glimpse at distributors who pay Microsoft for GNU/Linux


FOR SUSE it has been an exceptionally quiet week, but SUSE Studio still generates a bit of a buzz and there are also reviews that are largely positive.

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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE Studio, National Vision, and Xandros

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Servers, Turbolinux, Xandros at 8:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lagarto - running lizard

Summary: Many stories about SUSE and fewer ones about Xandros, Kyocera Mita, and Turbolinux

Novell has a little series about FOSS and lobbying. The fourth (and final) part of these videos was released several days ago and there is a lot of coverage of Studio/Appliance, so we’ll start with that.

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Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE, SLES, and Turbolinux

Posted in GNU/Linux, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux at 12:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bearded dragon

IT HAS BEEN an exceptionally quiet week for Novell, but more news about SUSE (and OpenSUSE in particular) will be caught up with next week.


Heise published a list of GNU/Linux distributions and OpenSUSE was one of them.

The only other real news is OpenSUSE 11.1 being added to click2try’s catalogue. Then there is this blog post about SUSE Studio.

Some months ago I casually signed up for a beta program online that seemed to mix cloud computing with Linux distributions. This program being SUSE Studio. I was impressed by the concept and I took it for a brief whirl. It is quite powerful and apart from adding packages from the regular openSUSE repositories of the latest stable release version, you can add/remove your own repos. Furthermore, you can customize the artwork and share this custom distribution with the world. You can watch this video to see how to use SUSE Studio to build a custom Linux distribution based on openSUSE.


There was also not much about SUSE. In the context of GNU/Linux servers, the Var Guy mentioned Novell as follows:

Rewind to the 1990s, and Microsoft wisely evangelized Windows 95’s connectivity to Novell NetWare servers. Fast forward to the present, and Microsoft should do the same with Linux servers and open source.

Earlier on we mentioned the US Postal Service moving to Free software, but the role of SUSE was not mentioned at the time. Here it is:

The Postal Service is moving 1,300 Sun Solaris midrange servers to a Hewlett-Packard Linux environment, using Novell’s SUSE Linux on the mainframe and distributed computing platforms to forge greater interoperability between the two environments.

In an article about IBM, SUSE is mentioned very briefly at the end alongside its main rivals.

IBM will begin shipping the Istanbul variants of the System x3755 server on August 26. Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows Server, and Sun Microsystems Solaris 10 are all supported on this box.

This is nothing of significance, but it’s the little that could be found.


Turbolinux is one of the 4 server/desktop companies that signed a Linux patent deal with Microsoft. Turbolinux seems quite irrelevant in English-speaking parts of the world, but in Asia it is sometimes used and it got some scarce attention in the English press, even a press release this week. There is usually nothing at all about them, not even a mention.


Novell News Summary – Part I: KDE 4.2 in OpenSUSE, DELL Picks SLED

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Novell, OpenSUSE, Scalix, Servers, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux, Xandros at 7:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SuSE logoIt’s Saturday again!


FOR OpenSUSE at the least, the past week has been an exceptionally quiet one, but events from the previous week got posted in the OpenSUSE Web site, namely:

* openSUSE@FOSDEM2009
* HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project
* Masim Sugianto: Tutorial : VirtualBox on openSUSE 11.1 Part 2
* openSUSE Forums: How to install KDE 4.2
* Build maemo-apps with openSUSE BuildService ? – It works !

The biggest event in the past week was probably the availability of KDE 4.2 for OpenSUSE.

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Novell News Summary – Part II: H-P SUSE, Linspire, Xandros, and Turbolinux

Posted in GNU/Linux, HP, Linspire, Novell, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux, Xandros at 6:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

YaST bootSoftware patent dealers/peddlers in the news


Novell’s PR people spoke about H-P’s small computer that may run SLED.

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: Very Little About SUSE and Turbolinux

Posted in Audio/Video, Interview, Novell, Servers, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux at 4:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


FOR NOVELL’S SUSE Linux side, the past week has been a quiet one if the trade press is any indication. Among the little that existed there was this eWeek article (LinuxDevices) about the H-P Mini 2140 with SLED 10.

HP announced a netbook targeting “business applications” and “instructional use,” and available with SUSE Linux. The HP Mini 2140 features a 10.1 screen up to 1366 x 768 pixels, Atom N270 processor, 160GB hard disk drive or 80GB SSD (solid state drive), plus an ExpressCard/54 slot.

This miniature notebook received a score of 8.6 out of 10 from a Web site which rarely covers GNU/Linux.

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: SUSE Galore.. SLES, SLED, SLEPS, and OES

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, Servers, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux at 7:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SUSE Linux 6.0

A WIDE variety of “Enterprise” releases from Novell have received some coverage over the past week.

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: SUSE at Wyse, IBM; Linspire Tiff; Some Turbolinux

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Linspire, Red Hat, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux, Windows at 7:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Penguins swim


SUSE has reappeared in some familiar products such as Wyse’s thin clients, which have a new line announced.

In September 2008, Wyse partnered with Novell to provide the joint delivery of Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise. Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise lets end-users to maximize productivity and minimize training costs due to the easy-to-use graphical user interface with cross-platform multimedia support, USB peripheral support and flexible hardware options.

IBM’s occasional preference for SUSE is still showing:

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