SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
Service Pack 2 Release

Novell has announced the availability of its second service pack (SP2) for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10.

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In addition to the cumulative security patches, maintenance updates, and bug fixes released for the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform since July 2006, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2 (SLE 10 SP2) features significant enhancements in virtualization, systems management, high availability, network management, desktop usability, interoperability, performance, and developer tools. With this most recent service pack, organizations can take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.

Launched with SLE 10 SP2 is our new Subscription Management Tool (SMT) for SUSE Linux Enterprise, a package proxy system that is integrated with Customer Center and enables customers to quickly and easily provision updates to all their SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 systems that are running SP2 or subsequent releases, while maintaining corporate firewall policies and regulatory compliance requirements.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Enhancements

SP2 delivers several important enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10:

  • Virtualization. With Service Pack 2, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 becomes the first and only Xen-based virtualization solution with full support from Microsoft for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 guests, and the live migration of those guests across physical machines. In addition to the latest version of the leading open source hypervisor, Xen 3.2, SLES 10 SP2 ships with an updated version of virt-manager. This virtual machine management tool provides a summary of all live domains, along with detailed graphical views of virtual machine utilization and performance over time. These virtualization enhancements offer enterprises increased flexibility, and enable them to more quickly and easily manage both their physical and virtual systems.
  • Systems Management. SLES 10 SP2 includes updates to the YaST management toolset, including first-boot enhancements and support for the Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) protocol. It also includes updates to the YaST2 network and storage modules to support new bridge devices, FICON devices for mainframes, and VLANs, as well as support the online resizing of ext3 partitions.
  • High Availability. SLES 10 SP2 includes the latest open source failover subsystem technology, Heartbeat 2.1.3, and adds a resource agent for iSCSI initiator, as well as hooks to SAP resource agents. It also includes updated tools for creating and managing file systems using OCFS2, offering improved support for simultaneous write access, and also offers new capabilities for managing XFS and ReiserFS file systems.
  • Network Management. Included in SLES 10 SP2 is NetworkManager 0.7.0, for setting up and configuring active network connections. The product also includes support for IPv6, the next generation network layer for packet-switched internetworks.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Enhancements

Included in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 2 (SLED 10 SP2) are several important enhancements in usability, interoperability and hardware enablement. SLED 10 SP2 provides improved interoperability with Microsoft Windows and Office via local NTFS file system support, improved integration with Microsoft Active Directory, and an upgrade to OpenOffice.org 2.4 Novell Edition. Support for time synchronization in pure Active Directory environments, and support for the Generic Security Service Algorithm for Secret Key Translation (GSS-TSIG) included in the product, enable SLED 10 SP2 to fit more seamlessly into existing, heterogeneous organizations. Other enhancements include plug-and-play support for wireless broadband (UMTS, 3G), improvements to Network Manager, and support for new hardware technologies from Novell partners.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Enhancements

SP2 delivers several important performance enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10. Included in this latest release are support for adaptive locking, the latest open source RDMA stack available from the OpenFabrics Alliance—OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.3—and the Precision Time Protocol. These enhancements reduce operating system context switching overhead times, improving the performance of throughput sensitive workloads, enable the implementation of unified high speed interconnects based on InfiniBand and 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and allow more precise synchronization of high speed networks.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit Enhancements

Included in the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2 Software Development Kit are several important capabilities that enhance its functionality. Updates to KIWI, and the YaST2 Product, Add-on, and Image Creators allow developers to create more powerful applications on and with SUSE Linux Enterprise. Also included is GCC 4.3, which adds support for IBM's POWER6 and AMD's 11h family of processors, as well as PHP 5.2.5, the latest version of the popular general purpose scripting language.

Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise

Finally, with SLE 10 SP2, we are making available a new tool for managing Linux subscriptions within a corporate firewall—the Subscription Management Tool (SMT) for SUSE Linux Enterprise. SMT is a package proxy system that is integrated with Novell Customer Center and enables customers to quickly and easily provision updates to all their SLE 10 systems that are running SP2 or subsequent releases. It provides a repository and registration target, to help enterprises manage their SLE 10 subscription updates, while also maintaining corporate firewall policies and regulatory compliance requirements.

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