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Review: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1

Jun 30, 2010, 06:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Jim Lynch for this link. ]

"Novell announced their first service pack release for SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES), and if you like virtualization, this is a very strong platform from which you can get started.

"That's because, for now, Novell is going to be supporting KVM and Xen (plus Microsoft's Hyper-V tech) within SLES 11 SP1 -- and that's not taking into account the recent Novell/VMware partnership that will have VMware distributing SLES as a commoditized operating system offering.

"Even industry observers might be forgiven for a little whiplash as they come to the sudden realization that SLES may be the most virtualization-friendly enterprise distro out there, by virtue of Novell's decision to keep supporting Xen (and presumably adding VMware support later), while Red Hat has opted to drop Xen support in favor of KVM as it moves toward Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.

"While Novell certainly wasn't hiding anything about its virtualization prowess as it got to this point, it also wasn't shouting it from the highest rooftops."

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