After Novell has received a great deal of negative scrutiny for cooperating with Microsoft on Linux software, Ron Hovsepian (CEO of Novell) has issued an open letter to the community. His letter can be read here, and be sure to share your thoughts here.
It seems that the interesting Linux and computer hardware stories today are never ending... Today Novell has announced a new device driver breakthrough that they claim will accelerate the Linux adoption. This new design, which will be integrated into SuSE Linux Enterprise, is designed to provide the Linux drivers from the manufacturers to their customers directly and transparently. Novell has stated that other Linux distributions will be able to partake in this new Linux driver process as well. Novell's new Linux driver process will ship with SuSE Linux Enterprise 10, and is currently available in SuSE Linux Enterprise 9 SP3. Below are a few of Novell's words on this new driver process. More on this is at Novell. With the Partner Linux Driver Process, Novell has created a clean and integrated infrastructure for partners to provide drivers for new hardware independent of SUSE Linux Enterprise release cycles and distributed media. Novell has also defined a process where partners can provide to customers driver updates corresponding to kernel updates (security or bug fix related). All a customer/administer must do is to register an "add-on product from a separate medium" (physical or online) which contains the driver, either during initial install or before updating hardware, and the rest is magic: the driver package is associated with the detected hardware and is automatically installed. The add-on product also "knows" where to get updated drivers and when a security update is installed, the system management tool coordinates the SUSE Linux kernel security updates with the vendorís driver updates. If updated drivers matching the kernel version of the security update are available, YaST will fetch and install them alongside the security update, else it will interact with the user and guide them on how to proceed.
After the numerous delays and all other problems that plagued the SuSE development team in the 10.1 branch, the latest release of OpenSuSE v10.1 has finally been made available. This release comes on the passing of Douglas Adams, for which this release is dedicated. Only CD ISOs are available at this time, the DVDs will not be available until next week -- May 18 -- for unspecified reasons. Some of the specialties with OpenSuSE/SuSE 10.1 include XGL for 3D desktop acceleration, NetworkManager support, AppArmor 2.0, and full Xen 3 integration with YaST. More is at OpenSuSE.
The never-ending development cycle for SuSE/OpenSuSE v10.1 has come out today with the third release candidate. When in the release candidate series, only delta ISO images are available. This third (and unexpected) release candidate is the last remaining release on the public OpenSuSE 10.1 road-map. Additional release candidates and the final version are still being finalized when it comes to dates. The road-map also states the first 10.2 Alpha will be out on June 16, which certainly will come almost immediately after the 10.1 release if the developers live up to their word. If we had to wager any money on when SuSE 10.1 will finally go gold, we would likely estimate it to be the middle of May. The famous list of most annoying bugs, have been trimmed down to three issues for 10.1 RC3. More information on SuSE/OpenSuSE Linux 10.1 RC3 is available on the mailing list.
After numerous delays, and a great deal of bugs, the first release candidate for OpenSuSE v10.1 is finally out on its mirrors. SuSE 10.1 (also referred to as "Agama Lizard") is intended to be announced on April 25, 2006. The SuSE Most Annoying Bugs have been slimmed down to seven major issues at this time. Andreas Jaeger OpenSuSE 10.1 Release Candidate 1 announcement is on their mailing list.
Continuing in the LONG development cycle for SuSE/OpenSuSE v10.1, the ninth Beta release finally made its way onto the mirrors this morning. It seems as though some of the most annoying bugs have finally been killed, but there remains a small list of known bugs that they define as the most annoying for Beta 9. Unless the development team decides to extend the development cycle to 10+ Betas, the first OpenSuSE 10.1 Release Candidate should be expected on April 12, and an intended final release on April 25. The official Beta 9 announcement for OpenSuSE v10.1 Agama Lizard is on their mailing list.
While we won't go as far as saying the OpenSuSE v10.1 fiasco has been a disaster for Novell, this version of SuSE 10.1 has certainly seen its share of problems. BETA releases of OpenSuSE v10.1 has been available this entire year and Alpha versions last year, while many of these releases have been plagued by significant problems and globs of bugs. However, we have just noted that the SuSE roadmap has been updated. While the sixth SuSE v10.1 beta had occurred on March 3, the seventh BETA will not be mastered and made available for the public (this release would have likely occurred today). The next release to come will be on March 17 with BETA 8. Presently scheduled after the final BETA is a single release candidate on March 31, followed by the intended OpenSuSE release to occur on April 13 of 2006. This is coming about two months later than their original expected target date. On the topic of the SuSE roadmap, they have already posted the preliminary v10.2 schedule with its Alpha releases. The OpenSuSE v10.2 Alpha builds should start to appear around June 16, while the fifth Alpha will come out in October. With all of the development issues that have faced SuSE v10.1 we certainly wish its developers the best of luck.
The fifth BETA for the upcoming SuSE/OpenSuSE v10.1 has been released. Although a portion of the bugs have been fixed from BETA 4, there continues to remain a great deal of annoying issues with this release (more info here). Meanwhile, a sixth BETA milestone is presently scheduled for March 3 and the schedule after that is still being debated, but with the present number of bugs, there is likely to be even a few more BETA candidates. Anyhow, with the fifth BETA of the Agama Lizard there doesn't appear to be too many new additions to this release other than fixes, and Andreas Jaeger's release announcement is visible on their mailing list. Development downloads are here. It is still advised that BETA 5 be not installed on any production systems.
It looks like yesterday, a few hours after we made the announcement that SuSE v10.1 did not make its BETA release of last Thursday, OpenSuse v10.1 BETA 4 was finally released. However, in that announcement, there were warnings as BETA 4 is fairly unreliable. Here is a list of the most annoying bugs in this release, while the release announcement can be found here. Also, if you take a close look at the road-map you will see they have now added a sixth BETA candidate, which will be released on March 2. After these BETA releases, there is still no word when the release candidate will come down the road. Certainly things aren't looking good right now for Novell's SuSE v10.1. Onto some less gloomy news, Ubuntu Dapper Drake v6.04 Flight 4 was released early this morning. Among many other improvements, there is now an Espresso LiveCD installer as well as GNOME v2.14 BETA 2. In addition, they have included Novell's Xgl and Compiz. Meeting up with this Ubuntu release is Kubuntu as well as Edubuntu. Out on the horizon for this week is Fedora Core 5 Test 3.
It seems as though OpenSuSE v10.1 has been delayed yet again. According to the project's roadmap there was supposed to be the fourth SuSE v10.1 BETA on February 16, however, on February 18 we still have seen no signs of this fourth BETA. Incidentally, the fifth BETA is scheduled for release on February 23, with no set day in mind yet for a release candidate. Of course, there were already some delays in this version, as initially Novell had hoped for the release candidate to debut on February 16, after weekly BETA candidates. Yet, two days later we still see no signs of this fourth BETA nor any major notices on the OpenSuSE site. As the friends over at The Inquirer had reported, SuSE v10.1 OSS will take on Macintosh OS X like characteristics. Upon hearing any additional information in regards to the targeted schedule for SuSE v10.1, we will pass along the information.
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