“The big focus for SUSE in 2012 will be the enterprise server
market, naturally. According to the platform lifecycle that SUSE
provided today, expect to see SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
service pack 2 (SP2) sometime in the first quarter, and SP3 late in
2012 or later. SUSE Linux Enterprise 12? We won’t be seeing a major
refresh until 2013.
SUSE announced its commitment to OpenStack in October, along
with a development preview available via SUSE Studio. This includes
the three major components in the Diablo release (Nova, Glance, and
Keystone). Brauckmann wasn’t sure about specific contributions that
SUSE would be making to OpenStack, but did say that the company
plans to follow up with a second technology preview in Q2 of 2012.
(The “Essex” release of OpenStack will come out in late Q1 if it
sticks to schedule.)