This is good news for Linux. The Linux Driver Project is focused on creating and maintaining OpenSource Linux kernel drivers for all types of devices. This means hardware vendor might able to sell more devices to Linux users. This project is sponsored by Novell.
From the project home page:
We are a group of Linux kernel developers (over 100 strong) and project managers (over 10) that develop and maintain Linux kernel drivers. We work with the manufacturers of the specific device to specify, develop, submit to the main kernel, and maintain the kernel drivers. We are willing and able to sign NDAs with companies if they wish to keep their specifications closed, as long as we are able to create a proper GPLv2 Linux kernel driver as an end result.
=> Linux Driver Project (via slashdot)
On May 12, 2003 Sco attacked Linux and other companies. Now U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns Unix’s IP (intellectual property) rights i.e SCO has no rights to use Unixâ€™s IP and Unixware software.
This ruling is good news for organizations and end users like you and me who use Linux and open-source software products everyday.
It was all started when SCO filed a suit against IBM claiming that it had violated SCO’s rights by contributing Unix code to Linux kernel. Now SCO’s threat to the Linux community is over.
Novell Wins Ruling Against SCO In High-Profile Linux Case:
The court’s ruling has cut out the core of SCO’s case and, as a result, eliminates SCO’s threat to the Linux community based upon allegations of copyright infringement of UNIX,” Novell said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome.
Microsoft claims the latest Free Software GPL v3 release has no effect on any of its Linux distribution deals. Microsoft cleared the air July 5 on its obligations to GNU General Public License Version 3 support, declaring it will not provide support or updates for GPLv3 under the deal it penned in November with Novell to administer certificates for the Linux distribution.
Microsoft also said July 5 that its agreement with Novell, as well as those with Linux rivals Xandros and Linspire, were unaffected by the release June 29 of GPLv3 by the Free Software Foundation.
Microsoft Says It Is Not Bound by GPLv3
Looking for bug fixes and performance improvements, Novell is offering first service pack. Iâ€™ve noticed boot speed and other speed improvements. My office presentation laptop has Suse Linux and Iâ€™ve update the same 🙂
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 and Virtual Machine Driver Pack contain several innovations, many of which came from direct collaboration with customers and partners
From the official press release:
Novell today announced that the first service pack (SP1) for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is now available to customers worldwide. Featuring significant enhancements in virtualization, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from NovellÂ® lets organizations take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.
Service Pack 1 Enhancements
- Enhanced virtualization support and management
- Updated high-availability storage infrastructure
- Support for new processor technologies, including Quad-Core Intel Xeon and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
- Enhanced security features
- Audit subsystem enrichment
- Support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.
Download Novell enterprise Linux service pack 1 – SP1 – ISO image
Update: Download latest OpenSuse Linux version 10.3.
I know most of us tired of answering questions about the Microsoft-Novell deal.. but OpenSuse Linux 10.2 is here….
openSUSE is a community project, sponsored by Novell, to develop and maintain SUSE Linux components (such as YaST).
Some of the Good application included:
* AppArmor: gives certain applications rights based on how they run and interact with the environment.
* YaST: a system management application
* Xen: virtualization software
* The KDE and GNOME desktop environments and many more
It’s available for download on http://download.openSUSE.org in x86, x86-64, and ppc versions – via ftp from our mirrors and bittorrent.
Read more at OpenSuse mailing list…