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."
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."
apokryphos writes: "Hewlett-Packard has become the next major OEM to preload SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on selected notebooks and desktop machines. As Jaffe notes, one of the biggest obstacles to making Linux a credible desktop alternative to Windows has been the lack of OEM partners willing to preload and support the operating system. This deal with HP is yet another milestone down that road."
apokryphos writes: The openSUSE Build Service, a framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions, has extended its support to now build packages for CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The openSUSE Build Service already supports several Linux distributions including openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu.
apokryphos writes: "Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete, with Open Enterprise Server 2.0. Linux-Watch takes a look at the newly-released OES 2.0:
"Now, with OES 2.0, the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, is still there if you run it, but it runs on top of the Xen hypervisor. You can also run the NetWare services, or a para-virtualized instance of NetWare, on top of Xen with the SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10 SP 1 kernel. So, if you're wedded to NetWare and its way of doing things, you don't have to wave good-bye to it.""
apokryphos writes: "The openSUSE team have officially announced the release of openSUSE 10.3. Notable changes include the new package management, MP3 support out-of-the-box, a 1-click-install technology, a greatly improved boot time, and the new 1-CD media selection."
"My employer, Novell, has modified my position to now allow me to work full time on this project. Namely getting more new Linux kernel drivers written, for free, for any company that so desires. And to help manage all of the developers and project managers who want to help out...They really care about helping make Linux support as many devices as possible, with fully open-source drivers.""
apokryphos writes: "After AMD partnered with SUSE to release open source specs, they have now made some alpha ATI Radeon 5xxx/6xxx drivers available, supporting initial mode settings. The next steps are adding support for more hardware, RandR 1.2 support, video overlay support and 2D acceleration. The source and packages for Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE and SLED are available in the openSUSE Build Service, with Debian and Ubuntu packages following shortly."
"IBM announced a Big Green Linux initiative to help its clients further integrate Linux into the enterprise as a way to reduce costs and energy consumption by building cooler data centers. The Big Green Linux initiative supports Project Big Green, a broad commitment that IBM announced in May to sharply reduce data center energy consumption for IBM and its clients.
IBM's Linux Technology Center has also been involved in contributing a number of recent features to the Linux kernel for scaling CPU clock speed and voltage and keeping idle CPUs in a 'tickless,' low-power state longer; all of which make Linux more power efficient in datacenters.""
apokryphos writes: "AMD has helped sponsor the progress of openSUSE with leading-edge hardware and development expertise. "AMD is helping to ensure that the openSUSE Build Service continues to be an important collaboration and development platform for developers of all distributions," said Terri Hall, AMD vice president of Commercial Systems Marketing. "AMD recognizes the value of the open source development model, and by providing hardware for the openSUSE Build Service, we are able to actively participate in the continued innovation for which the open source community is known."
Are these continued announcements of huge support from large OEMs an indication of a new era?"
apokryphos writes: "The Open Invention Network (OIN), the intellectual property company founded by IBM, Novell, Red Hat etc. to promote the Linux system, have released a press release announcing that Google have become its first end-user licensee. "Linux plays a vital role at Google, and we're strongly committed to supporting the Linux developer community," said Chris DiBona, Google open source programs manager.
"Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to continue to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux — helping to fuel economic growth.""
apokryphos writes: "Novell is setting its entire Linux engineering team, consisting of hundreds of developers, loose to hack on whatever Linux or open source projects interest them for the entire week of June 25 — 29, labeled Hack Week. There is an open Idea Pool website to make it easier for hackers to find and publicize their projects, share ideas and receive updates."
apokryphos writes: "As Tectonic is reporting, the First National Bank of South Africa are standardising the bank's desktops in all of its 680 retail branches with SUSE Linux Enterprise. With 12 000 desktops switching to Linux this is very likely the most significant Linux and open source implementation in South Africa to date."