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Three New Features and Modules in SLES 12 Service Pack 1 Which Will Make You Run to the Download Site


That’s right! SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 is out and about! As a matter of fact, we released it on December 15, 2015! This blog is a reminder of three of its cool features in case some of you were too busy planning for, stressing about or enjoying the Christmas holiday cheer!


  • Full System Rollback – helps you recover from administrative errors and adds improved management capabilities based on the btrfs file system and SUSE’s snapper technology. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 adds Rollback on Service Pack migration. This is really sweet, in case your admin was too busy wrapping presents during the holidays and the upgrade went south – they can now relax!
  • Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) – SUSE Linux Enterprise Server JeOS is a mini-brother of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12. JeOS comes as ready-to-run virtual image to make virtualization deployment easier. JeOS is also delivered as a KIWI template for customers and partners to use to start golden images. A separate download is available on our download site.
  • Shibboleth – Shibboleth is a single sign-on (log-in) system for computer networks and specifically web infrastructure. It allows users to sign in using just one identity to various systems across different domains. The Shibboleth stack is now included in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Product Themes

Three New Modules

Now, what were these modules again?

We thought you might ask – hence we wrote a whole white paper on SLES Modules! In a nutshell, modules are packages in their own repositories. What is more, their own update schedule may differ from the service packs. These are the ones we added with SLES 12 Service Pack 1:

  • Toolchain Module – consists of GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and related packages as well as updated applications, improvements, new standards and additional hardware features. This module brings improvements in language support, such as most of C++14 and more Fortran 2008 and 2015 support, as well as many new optimizations.
  • Containers Module – this module contains several packages associated with containers and related tools, including Docker and prepackaged images for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 12.
  • Certifications Module – in the context of the FIPS 140-2 certification, the status of specific packages is required to remain “unchanged’ or “frozen”. This certification module provides package versions separated from other packages in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server which get regular maintenance updates.

Now this was just a short feature list where I purposely left some holes – full product capabilities are in the product pages on

You still unwrapping presents or enjoying the new toys from Christmas? It is time to upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1.

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  • paulhuber says:

    I’m trying to start MIT Online classes, I need the GCC compilers, I “got that”. With what I have in Enterprise desktop SUSE 12 SP1 is none of the graphic configuration fixes in document 3563938 worked, none, the sax2 command was qualified but failed, a component was missing, the menu paths did not exist in what was stated, there was no resolution switcher icon. i got everything to install, including compilers, resolved network issues, set REMOTEFX for Hyper-V display adapter access. I need full screen resolution, dual boot, X-terminal emulation, or “fixing” the actual problem, would be nice. Its a gaming laptop 4 months old, 4K, I need this, I have allot invested. I can’t pay for support, a one time charge, maybe. I can see other people should have the same problem, when you search this no one has full screen in Hyper-V, of course you need it.

    • paulhuber says:

      I went through /etc/X11 configuration settings also, I eliminated all errors, but never got past 800 by 600 resolution which failed to test properly during startup. That was not written exactly as it was either, I chased the error messages until they were gone. Still 800 by 600, 2″ by 2″ box. I did this for decades, you can write a debug a program in a 2″ box you will really hurt your eyes. I don’t care if your 18, 30, or whatever.

  • paulhuber says:

    The 2nd problem after boot, in openSUSU Leap 42.1 I am able to access internet through common virtual switch with browser and updates for a few minutes than it loses route to gateway. In the commercial version Enterprise Desktop SUSE 12 SP1 it is much more consistent, same settings, on occasion I do a retry and it then succeeds during updates. With 12 the updates are current and I got developers desktop packages, Python, Java, C, C++, and FORTRAN I read doing install. That is not possible in my distribution of openSUSE Leap 42.1 in my case with Hyper-V Windows 10 Pro.

    • smflood says:

      Paul, I suggest you post your issues in the SUSE Forums where you’re more likely to receive some (unofficial) support.

      HTH, Simon

  • paulhuber says:

    I thought about it, dual boot, or X-Terminal emulation may help commercial product enterprise desktop 12 SP1, if I use X-Terminal emulation I can keep it in Hyper-V and wait for patch or redistribution. I will work on products for Windows to that end (X-terminal emulation) now. The articles on configuring X11 to get correct resolution where read almost 500,000 times so its not just me, 800 by 600 makes it a SSH application, you can’t write code in a small window its just dumb, it strains your eyes before there time.

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