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Do-No-Evil Saturday: Opensuse Gets Windows Installer, Better Booting Time

Every once in a while, Novell does something positive, usually in terms of technical merits. Every now and then we also wish to show that we are not evil (and neither is Novell). So, here are a couple of nice new developments from Novell.

OpenSuse plans to massively improve boot time

Like other distributions, OpenSuse has a group of people working at a faster boot system. Atm there is no discussion about a new init system but about improvements on all fronts: kernel, init scripts, unnecessary system calls, etc.


The second takes SUSE Linux installer right into your Windows desktop. *GASP* :-)

If you've been pushing off on installing Linux due to a lack of CDs or DVDs, OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 4 features InstLinux, which allows you to install the Linux distribution (in this instance, OpenSuSE 10.3) while staying inside of Windows.


Debian, Ubuntu, and perhaps a few other distributions have something similar, which is even mature.

If only Novell was able to combine its technical strengths with some business sense. As Jeremy Allison told us:

"I’m sad [about the deal with Microsoft] because I don’t think we needed to do this. We were gaining a lot of traction with SuSE Linux desktop, and from my perspective (admittedly not high up in the company hierarchy with views on revenue) we were winning. We had a good product, I was always extremely busy with new customer requirements, and was personally involved in winning new customers for SLED and SLES. It just feels to me like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."

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