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[Nov 25, 2011] Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 Storage Administration Guide

Publication Date 25 Nov 2011

[Jul 21, 2011] SLES 11 SP1: Storage Administration Guide

This guide provides information about how to manage storage devices on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Support Pack 1 (SP1) server. This guide is intended for system administrators.

[May 20, 2011] SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 for VMware

In other words standard distribution SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 includes VMware friendly kernel and the installer is able to recognize the installation under VMware and use this kernel.

IMPORTANT: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 for VMware is intended for use by customers running VMware vSphere and its subscriptions and support are sold only by VMware and its partners.
For more information visit

If you have obtained a subscription for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, that subscription does not provide the right to use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, nor does it provide access to patches, maintenance, or support for SLES for VMware.

If you are a Novell customer, please download the standard SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 from

[May 20, 2011] SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP 1

SUSE Linux Enterprise is designed for mission-critical workloads, offering Tier 1 reliability, scalability, security and manageability. SUSE Linux Enterprise powers more business-critical SAP applications than any other Linux distribution. And nearly eighty percent of the mainframes running Linux, run SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Service Pack 1 exposes many of the hardware RAS features of the latest Intel Xeon processors. Support for new CPU floating point and crypto features further improves performance and security.

A more efficient scheduler, improved processor, memory and storage scalability, and enhanced high-availability clustering capabilities can also be found with this Service Pack.

Also included is an improved Xen hypervisor, which better delivers improved performance, especially for I/O-intensive virtual workloads.

[May 19, 2011] SLES 11 end of general support is 31 Mar 2019 

So Suse now promises 10 years lifespan. See Release Notes for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Note: version numbers do not necessarily give the final patch- and security-status of an application, as Novell may have added additional patches to the specific version of an application. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP 1 Service Pack 1 includes KVM, and supports over 500 additional chipsets, networking and storage devices, further expanding your options. It runs on the latest x86 hardware, and is designed to support even next-generation processors from Intel and AMD. This gives you maximum choice, both today and in the future. With the release of Service Pack 1, we're announcing enhancements to our Partner Linux Driver Program. New tools, specifications and partner benefits make it easier for our partners to bring to market, support and maintain their third-party technology together with SUSE Linux Enterprise.

[May 19, 2011] Attachmate Exec Takes Control of SUSE Linux

Attachmate has now appointed Nils Brauckmann as president and general manager of the new SUSE Linux business. Brauckmann has been an Attachmate employee since 1994 with both sales and management experience. With the new business unit, Attachmate is committing to SUSE Linux and its open source community.

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Brauckmann noted that his emphasis will be on keeping the fundamentals of the SUSE Linux business the same. He added that the new business unit will remain committed to its partners and customers as well as the open source community.

In his new role, Brauckmann takes over from a similiar position to one that Novell executive Markus Rex held while SUSE was part of the Novell structure. Brauckmann noted that Rex was a respected leader and manager for SUSE within Novell. That said, Brauckmann noted that his role as president and GM of SUSE Linux is broader than Rex's role was within Novell.

"As President and GM, I have full responsibility for all aspects of the business from sales to products and that is maybe a change," Brauckmann said. "As an independent unit under Attachmate, we will be able to steer the business from A to Z and that is probably new."

NOVELL Novell lays off 100s at Provo branch - KSTU
The software company Novell Inc. laid off a large portion of their workforce Monday leaving many workers at the Provo branch out of work.

[May 03, 2011] Attachmate lays off Mono employees by Sean Michael Kerne

Attachmate is moving swiftly to re-organize the Novell business it acquired for $2.2 billion.

Today Attachmate laid off an unknown number of U.S. based Novell developers that were working on the open source Mono project.

Mono is the Novell led effort to provide an open source implementation of the Microsoft .NET framework on Linux.

"We have re-established Nuremburg as the headquarters of our SUSE business unit and the prioritization and resourcing of certain development efforts - including Mono - will now be determined by the business unit leaders there," said Jeff Hawn, Chairman and CEO of The Attachmate Group in a statement sent to "This change led to the release of some US based employees today. As previously stated, all technology roadmaps remain intact with resources being added to those in a manner commensurate with customer demand."

I've been following Mono since Miguel de Icaza started the project back in 2004. Yes, I know, there are lots of people that don't like Mono and its Microsoft styled technology. I also know a lot of people (including me) that rely on it as a way to run .NET on Linux.

[Apr 15, 2011]  Novell Extends Linux Support, Updates SLES 10 -  By Sean Michael Kerner

As of Aug 15 Novell has no info about service pack 4 on the Novell website.
April 13, 2011 |

SLES 10 SP 4 continues to use the 2.6.16 kernel version that has been included with previous SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 releases.

"SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP4 primarily contains the latest fixes, patches and updates issued for the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform, as well as support for a large set of the latest hardware," Doug Jarvis, product marketing manager, Linux Enterprise at Novell told "Key new features include support for HyperPAV and hardware-accelerated cryptographic devices on IBM System z."

Jarvis noted that the general support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 will end in 2013, delivering a seven year support phase.

"Customers that want to extend the support lifecycle for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 can now receive up to three extra years with Long Term Service Pack Support (LTSS), leading to a total support lifecycle of ten years," Jarvis said. "A customer that deploys SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4 today can receive support for that specific minor release for five years - two years of general support, plus three years of extended support using the LTSS offering."



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