Red Hat, Novell Suse Linux Get Upgrades

Both Red Hat and Novell says the upgrades cover things like virtualization, management, hardware support, and security.
Red Hat and Novell on Wednesday released upgrades of their Linux distributions.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 includes new hardware support capabilities and software technologies and numerous quality improvements. Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2 contains enhancements in virtualization, management, hardware enablement, and interoperability.

The latest version of Enterprise Linux features enhancements in six major areas, including virtualization, desktop, security, clustering, networking, and hardware support, Red Hat said. The virtualization improvements make it possible to run the open source operating system on up to 64 CPUs and 512 GB of memory.

The enhancements for hardware architectures cover x86/x86-64, Itanium, IBM Power, and IBM System z, the company said. The improvements include support for Intel's power-saving Dynamic Acceleration Technology and device driver updates covering storage, network, and graphics technologies.

Desktop improvements include enhanced support for laptop suspend/hibernate and resume, updated graphics drivers, and an update of desktop applications, including OpenOffice 2.3 and Firefox v3, Red Hat said.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 is available now and will be delivered automatically to customers with a Red Hat Network subscription.

Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise 10 SP2 covers Enterprise Server 10, Enterprise Desktop 10, and Enterprise 10 SDK. SP2 for Enterprise Server comes with full support for fully virtualized Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 guests and live migration of those guests across physical machines, Novell said.

On the desktop, SP2 provides improved interoperability with Microsoft Windows and Office via local NTFS file systems support, improved integration with Active Directory, and an upgrade to 2.4 Novell Edition, which includes a technical preview of the Office Open XML translator.

Along with the upgrade, Novell introduced the Subscription Management Tool for Suse Linux Enterprise. SMT integrates with the Novell Customer Center to allow customers to distribute future updates for all Suse Linux devices, such as servers, desktops, or point-of-service terminals.

Suse Linux Enterprise 10 SP2 is available now. The Subscription Management Tool is scheduled for release within 90 days.