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Submission + - IBM and Novell pair a Mid-Level Z system with SLES (novell.com)

FlyingGuy writes: "Novell has released a version of SLES ( SuSe Linux Enterprise Server ) for the IMB Z Series of mid-sized mainframes.

Designed as a powerful, entry-level version of the IBM System z10 Enterprise Class (z10 EC) mainframe announced earlier this year, the IBM z10 BC provides small to mid-sized clients with all the unique attributes of an IBM mainframe.

For customers seeking server consolidation options to cut costs, the IBM z10 BC delivers the capacity equivalent of up to 230 x86 servers, with 83% smaller footprint, up to 93% lower energy costs, and a much higher level of security, control and automation--allowing for up to 100% utilization. In a business climate of mergers, acquisitions and cost-cutting pressures, server consolidation brings improved standardization, security, management and facilities utilizations."


Submission + - Thinkpads with SuSE Preinstalled

wintercolby writes: "I remember it being a big deal when Dell started offering Ubuntu computers, but I haven't seen anyone post about Lenovo offering Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on their ThinkPads. They're not burried deep within the website, and even have an link to Linux after you select Notebooks. NotebookReview.com has a brief review."

Submission + - The Linux Driver Project Reports After One Year

schwaang writes: Just over a year ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Linux kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman publicly offered free device driver development to any hardware company willing to take him up on it. With the legal backing of the OSDL (now The Linux Foundation), the Linux Driver Development Project was born. It's mission: to whittle away at the list of devices which do not work with Linux by providing that magic glue between a widget and the OS known as a device driver.

Today Greg K-H makes his progress report:

The Linux Driver Project (LDP) is alive and well, with over 300 developers wanting to participate, many drivers already written and accepted into the Linux kernel tree, and many more being currently developed. The main problem is a lack of projects. It turns out that there really isn't much hardware that Linux doesn't already support. Almost all new hardware produced is coming with a Linux driver already written by the company, or by the community with help from the company.
Fewer companies took him up on his offer than he expected, and some others were content to be educated about how to work with the Linux kernel community so that they could submit their own drivers. Clearly there has been progress on the graphics and wireless fronts, with and without manufacturer cooperation.

Is it time to lay the "Linux lacks device drivers" myth to rest?

Novell Rises to Second Highest Linux Contributor 135

eldavojohn writes "Which companies contribute the most to the Linux kernel? Well, The Linux Foundation released their results and Novell's contributions have gone up 250% (from 3.6% of all contributions to 14.4% of all contributions) to put them at #2 behind Red Hat. This chart also illustrates just how widely Linux is modified by the community and not just a handful of developers/companies. You can find more coverage on blogs and the original report."

Submission + - HP adding Novell's Linux to its desktop lineup (linuxworld.com)

Anonymous writes: Novell Tuesday plans to announce that HP will begin loading Suse Linux 10 on its desktops, joining Dell and Lenovo as partners who pre-install the open source operating system.

The news comes just a few weeks after Novell announced server and desktop revenue had grown 65% over the past year. The company does not break down the revenue — which hit $30 million in its fiscal first quarter — by desktop and server, but CEO Ron Hovsepian says the desktop is "on a good track toward doubling its revenue."


Submission + - HP to sell Linux laptops and PCs (idg.com.au)

Titus Germanicus writes: "According to an article on PC World HP is planning to introduce desktop and laptop computers that come with Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop operating system preinstalled. In an interview at the Novell Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, Roger Levy, vice president for open platform solutions with Novell, typified the HP deal as significant. "Having any additional distributor that has worldwide reach and has a large market share who will bring enterprise grade Linux in as an option, is very significant to us," Levy said. The systems are scheduled to start shipping worldwide in select geographies in the second quarter of 2008, according to a source familiar with the matter. And the two vendors will jointly develop software drivers and provide support to end-users."

Submission + - Petition for Open Nvidia Drivers (opentheblob.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Want to tell Nvidia that you want a more open, or fully open driver? Or want to tell them to open their hardware specifications before AMD/ATI and Intel leave them in the dust? Tried of the blob on your otherwise pristine GNU system? This is the place to leave your signature.

Submission + - FOSDEM conference to focus on languages, packaging (fosdem.org)

Floris writes: "The Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting, one of Europe's oldest free technical conferences, will kick of in two weeks.

Developers from all over the world will join over presentations, lightning talks, developer rooms and delicious Belgian beer in Brussels for the eighth edition of FOSDEM.

In the published speaker interviews, the various project leaders enlighten us on their talk topics in advance. This year the main track focuses on programming languages, build systems, packaging, virtualization and web technologies."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Germany's Employment Office Switches to Linux (heise.de)

eldavojohn writes: "It was announced that by the end of last year, Germany's Federal Employment Office had completely transferred from Windows NT to OpenSuse 10.1. The reason given for the switch was "The previous combination of Windows NT and Internet Explorer could no longer keep pace with technological developments in how current media content is displayed and was not up to the demands of modern hardware.""
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Submission + - Lenovo Releases SLED 10 Linux T61, R61 ThinkPads (laptoping.com)

InlawBiker writes: "Another hardware vendor offers Linux on their machines. Dell's Ubuntu offering to the general public was big news, but this news is more intriguing. What's interesting about this is it's aimed at "large enterprise customers." One might surmise that corporate customers have been asking for it, and now Lenovo is delivering."

Submission + - KDE 4 uses 40% less memory despite 3D eye-candy

An anonymous reader writes: Pro-Linux reports that KDE 4, scheduled to be released in January 2008, consumes almost 40% less memory than KDE 3.5, despite the fact that version 4 of the Free and Open Source desktop system includes a composited window manager and a revamped menu and applet interface. KDE developer Will Stephenson showcased KDE 4's 3D eye-candy on a 256Mb laptop with 1Ghz CPU and run-of-the-mill integrated graphics, pointing out that mini-optimizations haven't even yet been started. Will this combination of resource efficiency and consumer appeal make KDE 4 the leader in the booming Linux-based ultra mobile laptop and energy efficient desktop markets?

Submission + - 2007 Linux Graphics Survey Results (phoronix.com)

Michael writes: "At Phoronix we have finished our 2007 Linux Graphics Survey and the results are now available with over 20,000 submissions. This survey sought to find out the most popular graphics hardware in use, which closed and open-source drivers are being used, and how many are using accelerated desktop effects. The survey found that nearly half of those polled were using NVIDIA hardware, about 60% of Linux desktop users are using Compiz Fusion, Compiz, or Beryl, and that most still end up modifying their xorg.conf manually..."

Submission + - Over 1,500 Customers Using Oracle's Linux (prnewswire.com)

kripkenstein writes: Oracle has released a press release stating that in a short 9 months it has signed up over 1,500 paying customers to its Linux offering, Oracle Unbreakable Linux, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and has previously been covered on Slashdot.

Oracle's press release stresses Oracle's various contributions to FOSS. Given that Oracle is now the largest corporation selling and and contributing to Linux (in terms of overall revenue at least; not Linux-specific), the FOSS community's reaction to Oracle's Linux moves is becoming increasingly important. Will Oracle be welcomed, or scorned?

I've got a bad feeling about this.