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Submission + - SUSE Studio 1.0 Released (

apokryphos writes: "Novell have just announced the release of SUSE studio 1.0 — a user-friendly web service that allows you to create your customised Linux distribution as a live CD, USB, Xen or VMware image. Users have control over adding any repositories, packages and files to the distribution; full creation and customisation of the software appliance from a new user takes roughly ten minutes. It also includes a flash-based "testdrive" service which allows you to try out your appliance in a web browser before downloading it."

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 126

You quite palpably haven't read the article, or seen the screencast. USB images are not new at all. This is about a new user being able to easily roll any image (USB, VMware, installable live CD) with all the packages that they want (from any repositories) and all the configurations/files they want, all conveniently from a web interface. It's quite innovative and revolutionary.

Comment Re:An Excellent Idea (Score 3, Interesting) 126

Indeed, it is actually designed to be friendly for other distributions as well. Both the build service and KIWI (both GPL) intentionally have generic designs so that you can both build packages for other distributions, and build customisable versions of other distributions, too. It's a really nice thing: when a distribution goes out of their way to ensure that others can benefit from the tools as well.

Submission + - SUSE Studio: Linux Customisation for the Masses

apokryphos writes: "Novell just released the first alpha of SUSE Studio (screencast), which provides an easy way to customise your own Linux distribution with the software and configuration that you want. Among other things, you can spin a Live CD, USB image, and create a VMware image. It builds upon the already established openSUSE Build Service and KIWI imaging system."

Submission + - IBM and Novell pair a Mid-Level Z system with SLES (

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."

Comment Re:An impressive installer?? Really??!! (Score 1) 49

Well, it has many improvements not only for new users, but for experienced users too:
  • Installation happens in 24 minutes now. In fact, on my computer it only took 18 minutes. This was not easy, it required a lot of work: switching to LZMA, creating images for the base patterns, and the new SAT solver (which benefit general package management too)
  • Installer is less hassle. You only need something like 6 clicks for the full installation. Say what you want, but we were constantly getting abused about the "long" and many clicks required for the installation in public reviews.
  • Installer is more pleasing to the eye. It's the first thing users see. Many new users were erroneously reaching the conclusion that "nothing changed" in openSUSE because we kept the installer the same. You would be very surprised about the psychological effect this had on users.
  • Installation is indeed run once, but it also provides a make-or-break situation for users. If there was a part they couldn't do they're probably not going to be hanging around to work it out, they'll just try something else.
So, while there is evidently a lot more to it than just the change in aesthetic appeal, aesthetics are incredibly important in their own right, as well.

OpenSUSE 11.0 Beta 1 Has Been Released 49

Francis Giannaros writes "The first beta release for openSUSE 11.0 is now available. Some of the highlights include fast package management, KDE 3.5.9 and 4.0.3, GNOME 2.22.1 and an impressive new installer using Qt4 CSS-like stylesheets. Changes behind the scenes include switching to RPM LZMA payload and making RPMs smaller (faster to download), and quicker to decompress (faster installation)."

Submission + - openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1 Has Been Released (

Francis Giannaros writes: "The first beta release for openSUSE 11.0 is now available. Some of the highlights include the fast package management, KDE 3.5.9 and 4.0.3, GNOME 2.22.1 and an impressive new installer using Qt4 CSS-like stylesheets. Changes behind the scenes include switching to RPM LZMA payload, making RPMs smaller (faster to download), and quicker to decompress (faster installation)."

Submission + - Mandriva Linux 2008.01 Released (

Zombie Ryushu writes: Mandriva 2008.1 (Spring edition) has been released.

Mandriva 2008.1 has been released as of Wednesday April 9th. This Spring installment includes the Codeina framework has been introduced, providing automatic installation of codecs to play media files for which support is not already available, The PulseAudio audio framework has been adopted by default. Significant improvements to the Mandriva software installation tools, in the design of the interface, the available sorting and layout options, and the way extended package information is handled, support for KDE 4.0.3 as an option, and many many other improvements.


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. 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 (

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."

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