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Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE and Xandros Achieve Nothing Substantial

Posted in GNU/Linux, Interoperability, Microsoft, Servers, SLES/SLED, Windows, Xandros at 2:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: SUSE (SLES/SLED) and Xandros have little to tell this week

THIS WEEK, just like the last, has been exceptionally quiet for SLE*. Novell’s SUSE was mentioned in a few places, but it really took quite a bit of a stretch to actually find them.

Here is IT Business Edge (where Microsoft Enderle blogs) about Oracle and Sun. Contained therein is an iffy claim about SUSE and Red Hat:

This all begs the question whether Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and EMC, along with Red Hat and Novell, are going to feel the need to be more vertically integrated in response.

How hard can it be to match hardware and software? It’s not the 1980s anymore and Linux can exploit hardware features like GPUs without special skills or setup. If Oracle builds specialised processors to speed up its databases, that will be a different and totally separate matter. Oracle is far from attaining this, though.

Here is The Register about Java, which testers chose to run on SLES 10 (why not 11, which is far newer?).

The Altix 4700 setup was configured with Novell’s SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 operating system and Oracle’s JRockit JVM, and cranked through more than 9.6 million business operations per second (BOPS) on the SPECjbb2005 test. (One wonders why SGI and LRZ didn’t give the SPEC Java test the whole machine, and perhaps bust through 19 million BOPS.)

In an article that comes across like an advert/whitewashing for Microsoft, there is blind promotion of Vista 7 and ridicule of those who disagree. There is also this little portion about Novell:

The first step was an unexpected promise to open up that’s bearing fruit through code issued under the General Public License and interoperability agreements with Red Hat and Novell. Then the products came. The sweeping changes made to Office 2007 had already shown that Microsoft understood it could no longer consider its cash cow sacred, but the fact it’s taking the fight to Google with an online version of Office 2010 is impressively bold.

Regarding some older news from Wyse, Novell’s PR people made this post.

Novell director of Client Preloads, Guy Lunardi, said of the new solution running SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, “We’ve seen a great deal of interest from companies looking to lower the overall TCO of their computing infrastructures, but without making sacrifices to quality or end user experience. By repurposing PCs into thin clients, Project Borg leverages Linux to help to reduce costs while simplifying the move to VDI.”

Looking at Ballnux vendors other than Novell, there is almost nothing except this press release which mentions Turbolinux and another one from Xandros, which promotes a bridge to Microsoft.

BridgeWays, a division of Xandros, today launched a new Global Partner Program to bring cross-platform business opportunities to Microsoft System Center solution providers. The new program enables BridgeWays partners to extend single console management of business critical applications to thousands of current System Center customers that also deploy non-Microsoft virtualization, database, application, web, and communication servers on Windows, Linux, and Unix.

This is beneficial to Microsoft. Xandros truly lost its way.

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