Forward-looking development: The next evolution in enterprise Linux software development

With forward-looking development, SUSE offers the latest features and supports the latest hardware, while delivering enterprise reliability and application compatibility.

Innovation, enterprise quality and investment protection. In the past, you had to settle for one or two at the expense of the other. Don't compromise anymore. Get all three with SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 3.

How are we able to do this? Through a new, forward-looking development model. With forward-looking development, SUSE is able to offer the latest features and performance enhancements, support the latest hardware, and do it all while continuing to deliver enterprise reliability and application compatibility.

What is it?

Forward-looking development is a superior approach—a step forward. It's the next evolution in enterprise Linux software development. It's called "forward looking" because:

  • It looks "forward" at the new features and functionality in upstream Linux kernels and introduces them more frequently through kernel updates into our enterprise code streams.
  • It uses more "forward" porting of code, rather than just back porting of patches.

Careful forward porting ensures functionality from prior versions continues forward in subsequent releases. And by using stable libraries and application interfaces, we ensure that the applications you run on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 are fully supported on Service Pack 3.

How is this better?

This approach is superior because it provides you timely access to the latest open source innovations. These innovations improve performance, reliability, security, interoperability and manageability. This approach is also better because it ensures you have support for the latest industry-standard hardware. And not only do you get to use newer hardware, you get to use more of the features of that new hardware.

Why now?

In the past, Linux vendors offered customers enterprise quality by locking down a stable kernel version and backporting patches to add features, correct fixes, or marginally support newer hardware. Two different upstream kernels—one more stable and one more innovative—necessitated this approach.

With kernel 2.6, both code streams were merged into a single version, with a consistent set of kernel ABIs. These changes in upstream Linux kernel development now make possible the introduction of an improved, more forward-looking development model. SUSE uses a forward-looking approach today to deliver open source innovation to our customers faster, while maintaining enterprise quality and investment protection.

What next?

Experience the benefits of forward-looking development today. Get faster innovation, enterprise quality and investment protection now. Download a free trial, or contact a SUSE representative today to start your proof of concept.

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