Novell has announced that the first service pack (SP1) for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is now available to customers worldwide.

Featuring significant enhancements in virtualisation, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from Novell lets organisations take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.
Novell yesterday also announced the commercial availability of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack, a bundle of paravirtualised network, bus and block device drivers that enable unmodified Windows and Linux guest operating systems to run with near native performance in virtual environments created with the Xen hypervisor technology integrated in SUSE Linux Enterprise and Intel Virtualisation Technology and AMD Virtualisation hardware.
"SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 gives us the opportunity to create cost-effective solutions for our customers who are running different platforms," says Jan Aril Sigvartsen, CEO of hosting provider WebDeal. "For example, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gives us the opportunity to run the same distribution on all our different architectures, while virtualisation lets us easily run more than one operating system on the same hardware and move this virtual system around in our data center without downtime. This has been a cost-effective solution for us."
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 enhancements include enhanced virtualisation support and management, updated high-availability storage infrastructure and support for new processor technologies, including Quad-Core Intel Xeon and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
It also has enhanced security features, audit subsystem enrichment and support for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. For the desktop, SP1 features expanded support and an updated desktop user experience, along with a desktop virtualisation technology preview and advances in enterprise integration capabilities.
With the release of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Virtual Machine Driver Pack, Novell becomes the first vendor to offer a supported solution for Xen virtual machine guests. The driver pack brings the performance benefits of paravirtualisation and enterprise-level support to a wider range of fully virtualised workloads, giving customers more choice and flexibility and enabling them to run legacy applications on newer, more powerful, energy-efficient hardware.
The Virtual Machine Driver Pack includes drivers for Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows 2003, and will ship in July. Drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 will be released later this summer and will be added to the driver pack at no additional charge via maintenance update
Allison Singh, systems engineering manager for Novell South Africa, says: "The enhancements in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 and the capabilities of the Virtual Machine Driver Pack are a direct result of customer feedback and Novell's commitment to meeting their needs. In many cases, we have been collaborating directly with customers to develop these new software features. As enterprise adoption of Linux grows, so does Linux development and innovation. The sky is the limit in terms of the capabilities of enterprise Linux."
The next-generation platform for the open enterprise, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most interoperable platform for enterprise computing, from the desktop to the data centre.