Novell is improving the way its Linux products can be used with new devices, by encouraging hardware manufacturers to distribute their drivers directly to Novell customers.
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The extra support for hardware is being introduced to encourage more enterprises to adopt Novell’s Linux technology.
Novell users can find that when they try and use different hardware with their Novell Linux software, the hardware isn’t automatically supported in the current Linux kernel they are using.
Novell has therefore launched the Partner Linux Driver Process, which allows vendors to provide drivers to users direct.
This process will be independent of Novell's process of updating the kernel used in its Suse Linux distributions.
The new process, which is now available in Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3, and which will be available in Suse Linux Enterprise 10 later this summer, allows the Yast configuration tool to obtain the drivers directly.
The add-on solution contains an update URL where future driver updates are retrieved, when kernel updates require updated drivers, said Novell.