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Novell News Summary – Part II: SLED on ProBook, Moblin, Wyse; SLES and ScaleMP; Xandros and Presto

Posted in GNU/Linux, HP, Novell, Servers, SLES/SLED, Xandros at 8:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Desktop (SLED)

MACHINES with SLED 11 preinstalled on them are still appearing in some places, but it’s mostly old news. Here is a belated story about the ProBook for example.

HP has broadened its notebook portfolio with the introduction of its ProBook line of machines.

Joining the EliteBook line of business notebooks, the ProBook line consists of four models of notebook and starts at $919. The units have a raft of features including wireless connectivity, variable screen sizes from 14-inch to 17.3-inch, and the option of having either Windows or Novell Linux installed.

More coverage about the ProBook comes from BetaNews.

At Pepcom’s EcoFocus press event this week, HP launched new notebooks featuring HP Smart AC Adapters for automatically making power adjustments when needed. Available preloaded with a choice of Microsoft Windows or Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, the five new HP ProBook models also come with HP Mobile Broadband, a system combining an HP m2400 module with built-in Qualcomm Gobi technology to support wireless connectivity to multiple broadband networks and operators.

The seminal article from Reuters has just reached this Web site from the Philippines too.

Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s top PC maker, is launching a new line of inexpensive business laptops with fresh features targeting users at small and medium-size companies.

The news about Moblin and SUSE has meanwhile reached many places that include the following articles:

IDG threw its article at several of its Web sites as well:

Moving on, there is this press release about Wyse’s old support for SUSE. As the following coverage shows, it’s merely an update:

Wyse Technology announced updates to its thin-client software based on SUSE Linux Enterprise. Aimed at improving Wyse thin-client access to “cloud” resources, the new Linux version offers improved VPN functionality, security, and real-time peripheral support, says the company.


Stated Guy Lunardi, Director of Client Preloads at Novell. “As thin client adoption expands, we look forward to continuing our work with Wyse to provide a true enterprise Linux operating system that meets the security, stability, and flexibility requirements enterprises demand.”

Server (SLED)

Here is a good new example of junk journalism where press releases from companies are recast as “news reports” [1, 2]. It all started when ScaleMP announced its support for SLES using a press release.

ScaleMP, a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, is announcing support for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell on its flagship vSMP Foundation virtualization software. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 is the recently released Linux platform from Novell that drives mission-critical computing from the desktop to the data center. This new release offers improved scalability and in conjunction with vSMP Foundation enables users to deploy scalable x86-based SMP systems.

Sys-con, as it so habitually does, rewrote the press release and pretended to have an original article.

ScaleMP, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, is announcing support for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell on its flagship vSMP Foundation virtualization software. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 is the recently released Linux platform from Novell that drives mission-critical computing from the desktop to the data center. This new release offers improved scalability and in conjunction with vSMP Foundation enables users to deploy scalable x86-based SMP systems.

Same in CIOL, which does this on a regular basis. The shadow of the press release is clear for all to see.

ScaleMP, provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, is announcing support for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell on its flagship vSMP Foundation virtualization software.

TMCNet likewise:

ScaleMP recently announced support solutions for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell (News – Alert) through its premier vSMP Foundation Virtualization software.

In other server news, well… there was not much. But SLES was mentioned along the way in the following 3 articles:

i. IBM Shows Off SOA Cloud Appliance

The software image used by CloudBurst is called IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition. It comes with Novell’s SUSE Linux but customers can replace that with Red Hat. It uses Tivoli License Manager to ensure that a company does not exceed the number of software images that its licenses allow.

ii. Psychsoftpc Announces the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, the Supercomputer in a Box

Psychsoftpc Announces the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer, the Supercomputer in a Box Psychsoftpc, a Quincy, Massachusetts computer manufacturer known for making Linux supercomputer clusters and high performance PCs and Workstations, announces the release of the Psychlone Tesla Personal Supercomputer.


Psychsoftpc is currently offering two versions of the product, one with SUSE Linux 64 bit Operating System and one with Windows Vista 64 bit Operating System, because they support freedom of choice in computing and have been supporting Linux since 1995.

iii. Itanium Aims for the Mainstream

It also has vital support on the operating system side with Novell SLES 11, the company’s enterprise version of Linux, with a version for Itanium, and Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2 will include dedicated Itanium features, as will the next version of SQL Server, codenamed “Kilimanjaro.”


Sageza’s Ryder said the Novell support will be a boost for Itanium trying to go broader market. “Novell has a bunch of middleware and branch office software to make communications work better. That’s a plus for them, because it lets them be more generic and horizontal in some usage areas,” he said.


There were only articles about Presto, on which Xandros bets the farm. Latest English coverage (there is more in other languages):

The Washington Post has a large number of articles about it this week, including the above (from IDG):

  1. Make the Most of Your Presto Linux Installation
  2. Get Started with Fast-Booting Presto OS
  3. Turn Any PC Into a Fast-Booting Linux Machine with Presto

Want to resurrect an old PC that’s collecting dust? Wish you could insta-boot your laptop or netbook for a quick peek at your e-mail or a Web page? Presto promises exactly that kind of convenience.

Presto is Windows-only, much to the company’s dismay/shame (hopefully).

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