Novell has released the first service pack for the SuSE Linux Enterprise platform, featuring virtualisation, high-performance computing, security and interoperability enhancements.
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SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 enhancements include support for new processor technologies, including quadcore Intel Xeon and quadcore AMD Opteron processors.
SP1 also has enhanced security features, audit subsystem enrichment and support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.
For the desktop, SP1 features expanded Openoffice.org support and an updated desktop user experience, along with a desktop virtualisation technology preview and advances in enterprise integration capabilities, said Novell.
A separate SuSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack also sees Novell becoming the first supplier to offer a supported system for Xen virtual machine guests.
Novell said this driver pack brings the performance benefits of paravirtualisation and enterprise-level support to a wider range of fully virtualised workloads, giving customers more choice and flexibility and enabling them to run legacy applications on newer, more powerful, energy-efficient hardware.
The Virtual Machine Driver Pack includes drivers for Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows 2003, and will ship in July. Other drivers will follow in the paid-for pack.
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