Novell has announced the beta release of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS, a minimised version of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform that software developers can use to create applications.
JeOS is built from the same codebase as the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and applications certified to run on that platform will be certified for JeOS, too.
JeOS refers to a customised operating system that fits the needs of a particular application, for example on a mobile phone. The application's OS requirements can be determined manually or with an analytical tool. JeOS includes only the pieces of an operating system that are required to support a particular application and any other third-party components of the appliance.
A key component of the SUSE Appliance Programme, the beta release of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS is available in several virtual image formats, including VMware VMDK, Xen and as a raw hard disk image. A Microsoft VHD format of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS is planned for release later this year after Microsoft releases Hyper-V.
A beta version of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS is available for download. Details about becoming an early adopter in the SUSE Appliance Programme can also be found at that site. The production version of SUSE Linux Enterprise JeOS is scheduled for release later this year. LimeJeOS is already available.