SUSE Linux Enterprise

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Suse 11.JPG
Enterprise Server 11 installation discs
Developer SUSE
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release August 31, 2000; 17 years ago (2000-08-31)
Latest release 12SP3, 11SP4 / September 7, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-09-07),[1] July 15, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-07-15)
Marketing target commercial market (include Mainframes, Servers, Workstations, Supercomputers)
Available in Multilingual
Update method Zypper/YaST2
Package manager RPM Package Manager
Platforms IA-32, x86-64, s390x, PowerPC, Itanium, aarch32, aarch64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface GNOME[2][3]
License GNU General Public License and Various.
Official website www.suse.com/products/server/

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is a Linux-based operating system developed by SUSE. It is designed for servers, mainframes, and workstations but can be installed on desktop computers for testing as well. Major versions are released at an interval of 3–4 years, while minor versions (called "Service Packs") are released about every 18 months. SUSE Linux Enterprise products, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, receive more intense testing than the openSUSE community product, with the intention that only mature, stable versions of the included components will make it through to the released enterprise product.

It is developed from a common code base with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and other SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

IBM's Watson was built on IBM's Power7 systems using SLES.[4]

History[edit]

SLES has been developed based on SUSE Linux by a small team led by Josué Mejía and David Áreas as principal developer who was supported by Joachim Schröder. It was first released on October 31, 2000 as a version for IBM S/390 mainframe machines.[5] In December 2000, the first enterprise client (Telia) was made public.[6] In April 2001, the first SLES for x86 was released.

SLES version 9 was released in August 2004. Service Pack 4 was released in December 2007. It was supported by hardware vendors including IBM, HP, Sun Microsystems, Dell, SGI, Lenovo, and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 was released in July 2006,[7] and is also supported by the major hardware vendors. Service pack 4 was released in April 2011.[8] SLES 10 shared a common codebase with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10—Novell's desktop distribution for business use—and other SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 was released on March 24, 2009[9] and included Linux kernel 2.6.27, Oracle Cluster File System Release 2, support for the OpenAIS cluster communication protocol for server and storage clustering, and Mono 2.0.[10] SLES 11 SP1 (released May 2010) rebased the kernel version to 2.6.32.[11] In February 2012, SLES 11 SP2 was released, based on kernel version 3.0.10.[12] SLES 11 SP2 included a Consistent Network Device Naming feature for Dell servers.[13]

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 beta was made available on February 25, 2014,[14] and the final version was released on October 27, 2014.[15] SLES 12 SP1 was released on December 18, 2015.[16][17][18] SP1 added Docker, Shibboleth, Network Teaming, and JeOS images. SP2 was released November 11, 2016.[19][20][21] SP3 was released September 7, 2017.[1][22][23]

End-of-support schedule[edit]

SLES version Release date General Ends[24] LTSS Ends[25]
Old version, no longer supported: first 31 October 2000 ? N/A
Old version, no longer supported: 7 13 October 2001 ? N/A
Old version, no longer supported: 8 1 October 2002 30 December 2007 30 December 2009
Old version, no longer supported: 9 3 August 2004 31 August 2011 1 August 2014
Old version, no longer supported: 10 17 June 2006 31 July 2013 30 July 2016
Older version, yet still supported: 11 24 March 2009 31 March 2019 31 March 2022
Current stable version: 12 27 October 2014 31 October 2024 31 October 2027
Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

Version history[edit]

Release dates of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server versions.[26]

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • for S/390, October 31, 2000
    • for Sparc, April 2001
    • for IA-32, April 2001[27]
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 (For first time, common codebase for all architectures (IA-32, Itanium, iSeries and pSeries, S/390 and zSeries 31-Bit, zSeries 64-Bit))
    • Initial release, October 13, 2001
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8[28]
    • Initial release, October 2002
    • SP1
    • SP2
    • SP2a
    • SP3
    • SP4
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
    • Initial release, 2004-08-03
    • SP1, 2005-01-19
    • SP2, 2005-07-07
    • SP3, 2005-12-22
    • SP4, 2007-12-12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
    • Initial release, 2006-06-17
    • SP1, 2007-06-18
    • SP2, 2008-05-19
    • SP3, 2009-10-12
    • SP4, 2011-04-12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
    • Initial release, 2009-03-24
    • SP1, 2010-06-02
    • SP2, 2012-02-15
    • SP3, 2013-07-01
    • SP4, 2015-07-16
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

Hypervisor kernels supported[edit]

SLES 10:

SLES 11 SP1:

SLES 11 SP2:

  • Xen 4.1
  • KVM with QEMU 0.15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Raj Meel (September 7, 2017). "Announcing Service Pack 3 for SUSE Linux Enterprise 12". SUSE. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Definitive Guide to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server - Sander van Vugt - Google Books". Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  3. ^ "DistroWatch.com: SUSE Linux Enterprise". Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  4. ^ Release Notes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Novell, Inc., 2011-02-15, retrieved 2011-02-15 
  5. ^ SuSE: ""SuSE Linux for S/390 available today"". Archived from the original on June 5, 2001. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  6. ^ silicon.com: ""Linux mainframe ousts Sun servers at Telia"". Archived from the original on April 14, 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Novell Delivers Next-Generation Platform for the Open Enterprise"
  8. ^ Novell Offers Industry's Longest Enterprise Linux Support Program
  9. ^ Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
  10. ^ Morgan, Timothy Prickett (2008-03-25). "Novell Previews Features in SUSE Linux Enterprise 11". The Linux Beacon. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. 
  11. ^ "Novell Announces SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 1". 
  12. ^ "Release Notes for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2". Novell. 2012-02-15. 
  13. ^ Narendra K (July 2012). "Consistent Network Device Naming in Linux" (PDF). Dell Linux Engineering division. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ Suse Linux Enterprise 12 Beta available, retrieved 2014-05-27 
  15. ^ SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Now Available, retrieved 2014-11-30 
  16. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 1 Now Available". SUSE. December 22, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 Release Notes". SUSE. August 3, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "First Service Pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Brings Docker and Shibboleth". softpedia. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  19. ^ a b Raj Meel (November 8, 2016). "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 – The Best Enterprise OS". SUSE. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 Release Notes". SUSE. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (November 11, 2016). "SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 arrives". ZDNet. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 Release Notes". SUSE. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (September 8, 2017). "SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3 released". ZDNet. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  24. ^ SLES Lifecycle Dates
  25. ^ SLES Long Term Service Pack Support
  26. ^ "Novell Support Lifecycle". Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  27. ^ "SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Now Available". Archived from the original on June 27, 2001. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  28. ^ kernel in SLES
  29. ^ https://www.suse.com/company/press/2014/10/suse-linux-enterprise-12-now-available.html

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