How unabashedly Microsoft this news is today: Novell is set to release “service pack 1″ for SUSE Enterprise Linux 10.
As DesktopLinux.com notes and Novell confirms on its web site, service packs are usually smaller fare comprised of bug-patches, with few major changes. Like Microsoft with its SP2 patch to Windows XP, however, Novell will make major improvements in SUSE 10’s SP1.
So what’s the major change? News out of BrainShare this week says it’s going to be Xen-specific. According to Novell, SP1 will include virtualization support and management via version 3.0.4 of the Xen hypervisor (the latest stable version).
More from Novell:
Novell will also include paravirtualized network and block device drivers to allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with chips that support Intel VT and AMD “Pacifica” virtualization.
All this battling over Xen between Red Hat and Novell these days isn’t very, well, Zen now is it?