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Your Opportunity to Shape SUSE Linux Enterprise 12


SUSE created the first Enterprise Linux distribution in 2000, and in 2014 you’re going to see the sixth generation of SUSE Linux Enterprise.

My team and our colleagues across SUSE are already spending a lot of time and energy preparing for the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 – working on requirements, packaging, usability, code, and with the thousands of upstream projects such as the Linux kernel and openSUSE that feed our products.

And it is not too late for you to impact development!

There are many ways to help shape SUSE Linux Enterprise 12. You can start by taking 10 minutes of your time to fill out our survey at .

We promise, we’ll listen carefully.

PS. Two weeks from now we’ll do a drawing and ten of you who provided contact data will win a nice plush geeko.

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  • Sam says:

    My first wish would be to switch to KDE Plasma as the default desktop. It is the only Linux desktop ready for serious enterprise work. Especially now that GNOME2 is dead.

    • Thanks for your input. We are carefully assessing various options on the desktop, and current versions of GNOME and KDE are not making this an easier choice.

    • Stephor says:

      KDE Plasma if you must, but please, please, please do not inflict Gnome 3 on us. A desktop like the gnome in opensuse 12.2 would be the death of SLES.

      • Mind, the majority of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server instances runs without a desktop environment. That said, I personally consider several choices in Gnome 3 unfortunate and expect improvements on that front, some done by our own teams.

  • jean macdobea says:

    it would be good if one have apache-server in the list of programs one get when one buy suse linux 12.0 enterprice server .

  • Rostislav says:

    As a developer I need an Eclipse in a base repos for SUSE 12.

    Also I will buy additional CD with extra codecs (H.264, mov …) for adequate price.

    Thank you.

  • The Root says:

    My recommendation would be to add better administrator tools for system admins. I like the direction that WebYast is going. We need a better GUI interface for DNS, DHCP, FTP. SQUID etc. I have to install WebMin to perform many of my task. Get the development team involved to improve the interface of this admin tools. Bring them to a web interface which is what the WebYast project is doing. Thanks.

    • This is something we are definitely looking into.

      Can you please provide some more specifics on what “a better GUI interface” entails?
      Which are the tasks you need to do, where you are using WebMin?

  • Mike Sanders says:

    Please, please provide an up-to-date version of Perl! Preferably 5.16.1 or later!
    On SLES 11 we still have 5.10.0 (not even 5.10.1, which afaik would be backwards compatible) which feels like using stone age tools.

    Sometimes SLES seems a bit too conservative for my taste and use cases and especially the totally outdated Perl version makes me considering to switch to some other distro – though I haven´t looked for their Perl version yet 😉

  • Ryan Wolf says:

    Been giving this a lot of thought: why not go with MATE for the future of SLED? It keeps a lot of the same Gnome2 Functionality, but keeps all the code up-to-date (and it is a project that isn’t dead). I purposely use SLED as my main OS simply because of both YaST and the Gnome2 GUI. But YaST+MATE would be perfect. Any thoughts?

  • ajsiegel says:

    I would like to see SUSE SLED marketed and packaged to Home users, users tired of being beta testers debugging the newest fad in the Linux develop.

    I have been using a Open Source operating system in my home computer since 1997. I started when I was in college and had time to spend a weekend upgrading my computer. After my first child I lost any free time I had for tweaking my computer. I noticed I would spend 6 to 8 months of a development cycle fixing the parts of the system that were broken after the last upgrade and before the computer fully functional again I would be starting another upgrade.

    I sit here today trying to install OpenSUSE 11.3 for the second time and it appears the system is stuck again. The only reason I am upgrading is the support for all the OpenSUSE 11.4 repositories has been dropped.

    Until I try SLED, I do not know exactly what would need to be done differently to attract the “middle aged” Linux hobbyist. The two feature that I think are essential would be to included licensed codecs and fonts 100% compatible with Microsoft Office functioning out of the box.

    • susecmail says:

      I agree. I have used SuSE on and off since it was originally developed in Germany; specifically starting with the 4/95 version.

      I have since become disabled and do not want to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get something to work or to get a piece of software functioning.

      I moved both my daughter and wife onto openSUSE 12.3 and am considering moving two businesses to SUSE Enterprise Destkop & Server.

      I personally would like to see an upgrade path for development tools. That would attract people like me, and I’m middle-aged. As long as I can open & save in MS format, I am happy.

      Codecs would be nice, but if I have to re-rip all my music, books, etc in OGG, I would do it. I’m not tied to MP3 for any reason other than convenience.

      However, I do need me some VLC! I do not like Totem and have been using VLC since its inception.

      But, you’re right, a marketing campaign, even an online one, would be good; even better, would be to get people like you & me to market for them in our circle of influence by creating a product that works for our needs.

  • SLCS says:

    It’s too difficult to connect USB-Modem (i have ZTE MF 192 and i can use it only in Windows). I wish it will be easier in SLED 12.

  • gmillar6 says:

    * A community version of SLES maintained by SuSe. Much like what CentOS is RHEL. Only have updates delayed by a time factor. And have the community edition not support close sourced Novell until they upgrade to a licensed version.

    * Every one uses putty to manage linux. Its a windows client. Imagine if there was a Yast client on windows? That could graphically manage a headless SuSe linux box?

    * Post CLE courses – or courses & certificaitons at the same level specialising in other engineering level things such as the HA addon for examples. OpenLDAP is another one. Rather then change the CLE drastically with each release. Bring them up to SLES 12 and call them things like CLE – Network services, and CLE – Security and CLE and so forth

    * Team up with a proprietary anti-virus vender and bring out a flash stick that boots sles and has a partition where by users can update virus definitions and clean maleware from windows. Mandrake released one along time ago and it was a God send. A purpose built Linux antivirus stick running on SLES would be awesome.

    * SLES 10 had better X VNC support then SLES 11. Out of the box support for console access VNC and session based VNC.

    * XRDP might be a good thing out of the box for Windows/Linux houses.

    • * I do not see us create a community version of SUSE Linux Enterprise (much as Red Hat has not created and is not maintaining CentOS).

      * We have been shipping WebYaST, a web based front end to YaST for years. Web interfaces as we are featuring them in SUSE Manager and SUSE Studio are the future, and a lot more portable (think MacOS systems).

      * You will be glad to hear we have been shipping XRDP support as part of our SUSE Linux Enterprise products for more than a year.

      * The antivirus opportunity is not one that makes sense for us to look into. We are happy to work with a third party who is interested, though, as we have been doing in many other cases.

      * I have forwarded your suggestion re training to our training team.

    • Oh, and it’s been SUSE for at least ten years (and never SuSe). 😉

  • athomas says:

    I use Linux desktops at work and home. One of the most important feature that I use is XRDP

    Unfortunately, none of the SuSE/OpenSuSE makes it easy to configure. There is always issues with versions and dependency, etc.

    This capability to use standard RDP client to connect to a Linux server/desktop remotely and makes non Linux people feel at home.

    Please include the packages with SLES12. This makes he SLES more useful. XRDP performs much better than VNC or any other solution out their.

  • mkarnaattu says:

    * More information what is going on! Last release was over 4 years ago and web site doesn’t tell much and even Wikipedia page of SUSE looks like crap. Some roadmaps and release date schedule information two or three years ahead of time.

    * What are those killer features in Suse that makes it better than competitors in some specific(?) areas? Some comparison matrix with RHEL, Windows, Ubuntu LTS and Solaris would be cool what makes SUSE to look good.

    * If it doesn’t look good, put effort in some areas where competitors suck. Like IEC62304 certification because Linux -based systems are rare in there.

    * Get rid of those Gnome/KDE whatever choises. Take ONE desktop environment, ONE toolkit and put development and support resources there. I personally prefer Qt toolkit. Use some resources to leverage your choice to some others too.

    * What software assurance certifications SUSE 12 will get?

    * What is backward compatilbility policy in SUSE 12?

    • susecmail says:

      Bravo, great post!

    • Sooo, we’re hearing you and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 will come with one desktop environment, nicely polished, visually appealing plus efficient also on server hardware.

      We are in the final phases of working out details and plan to provide more details at SUSECon in November. You’ll find plenty of information there, and I believe we’ll make a lot of material generally available. If you’d like to see “what’s going on”, I think we’ve become a lot louder than in the past, but I’ll tell my colleagues to pump up the volume. 🙂 And I’ll look into providing more regular updates myself.

      We do not have plans to go after IEC 62304; several other certifications are under consideration, though.

      Finally as for backwards compatibility: “If it runs on 11, it’s supposed to run on 12”.

  • boblmartens says:

    A recent version of Ruby (just go to Ruby 2) would be greatly appreciated.

    More information and communication about the decisions being made about upcoming releases. I know the KDE vs Gnome decision is going to be a big one, it would be nice to hear from the teams working on those projects what they think. I’m personally a Gnome guy, but I’m looking forward to SLE 12.

    More SDK resources available. Make the SDK a simple checkbox away so that you can add important software more easily.

    I’d love to see openSUSE have a “long term” release (probably not the right place for it) that would be binary compatible with the SLES release without support (and maybe not supported as long).

    As always, improvements to GUI tools, continued updating of packages, just staying awesome … you get the idea.

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