SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Set For Summer Release

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-22 Print this article Print

SuSE officials said the Enterprise Server 9.0 is on track for its summer deadline. The update is based on the Linux 2.6 kernel.

SALT LAKE CITY—SuSE Linux, a Novell company, is on track to roll out its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0, which is based on the recently released Linux 2.6 kernel, around mid-year. "We are exactly on track to meet that summer deadline, we are not running even a single day late at this point," Markus Rex, SuSE Linuxs vice president and general manager told eWEEK in an interview at Novels Brainshare conference here on Monday. The server upgrade will be based on the recently released Linux 2.6 kernel, giving users the good performance improvements in that kernel as well as new features and functionality that SuSE helped contribute to 2.6, including Direct I/O and large memory support.
At the recent LinuxWorld New York show, IT executives said Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel could help drive enterprise acceptance of the open source OS. Click here to read the story.
The product will also be released for all six hardware platforms it supports: x86, IBM mainframe, IBM Corp.s i-series and p-series, Intel Corp.s Itanium processor family and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit architecture. "The product releases for these different hardware architectures will be very close together. They will all have the same code base and there will be an unprecedented degree of similarity between the versions of the software for these architectures," Rex said. SuSE Enterprise Server 9.0 will also stick to the same pricing model as for the previous version, where some maintenance is included in the base price, but technical support is offered for an additional charge. "We have no intention of moving to a model that includes the forced bundling of support for customers," he said. While Rex said no decisions had been made on pricing for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0, he did not expect it to be much different from the current pricing structure. The release of a SuSE enterprise server based on Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel follows last weeks news that the company would be selling its retail consumer Linux products, SuSE Linux 9.1 Personal and Professional, in May. Those products are also based on the 2.6 kernel. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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