According to Novell, the new SUSE Linux service pack has been optimized for aforementioned cloud, virtual and physical infrastructures -- part of Novell's broader Intelligent Workload Management (IWM) strategy. Enhancements in the service pack, according to Novell, include:
- The latest Xen 4.0 Hypervisor with improved virtual I/O performance, and support for KVM.
- Clustering advances that support metro area clusters and simple node recovery with ReaR.
- An updated 2.6.32 Linux kernel leveraging RAS features in Intel's Xeon 7500 and 5600 series CPUs.
- Better Bluetooth support along with latest versions of Firefox, OpenOffice and "improved interoperability" with Microsoft Exchange.
Partner SupportSP1 also brings enhancements to the Partner Linux Driver Program, which gives SLE11SP1 partners and customers access to the latest supported hardware drivers and kernel modules throughout the Novell partner ecosystem.
When can you get your hands on the service pack? June 2 at the earliest officially, but Novell says preview DVDs are available at BrainShare EMEA. Lastly, for a limited time, there's free training, migration assistance and virtualization support all complementary with a purchase of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscriptions. You can find details here.
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