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.
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 SUSE.com.
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.