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Positive steps on ODF



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November 30, 2006 3:42 pm

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There have been a couple of important positive steps on the ODF front this week. Brazil, India and Italy have each endorsed ODF at some level, with Brazil now recommending ODF as the standard government format. In addition, Corel has announced they’ll be supporting ODF in the next rev of WordPerfect, as well as Open …

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Next generation ZENworks Management



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November 28, 2006 2:23 pm

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We announced some REALLY cool new products today :)

These are the first products in our desktop-to-data centre management initiative and offer a set of solutions to orchestrate the management of virtual machines, high-performance computing and other IT resources.

Briefly, they are :

  • Novell ZENworks Orchestrator for policy based data-centre automation. ZENworks Orchestrator takes a holistic approach to learn from previous events and resource demands.
  • Novell ZENworks Virtual Machine Management gives organizations the ability to confidently employ virtualization in their data centers, whether running on Linux, UNIX or Windows machines. From VMware to Microsoft to Xen virtualization environments, this policy-based solution automates the process of deploying and managing virtual data center assets, as well as dynamically provisioning workloads and ensuring business continuity. This solution also manages virtualized environments in Novell Open Enterprise Server.
  • Novell ZENworks HPC Management provides grid-based management of Java applications and enables workloads to be distributed for parallel execution. This includes automated high-performance multicast data distribution which can move and copy large volumes of data to remote resources for processing.
  • Novell ZENworks 7.5 Asset Management, the only product on the market that runs readiness reports for both Windows Vista and SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell, helps customers to control and manage their IT infrastructure with a clear and complete picture of their asset environment.

And this is just a brief. For full details of the announcement, checkout :

https://www.novell.com/products/zenworks/systemsmanagement/download_whitepaper.html

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Virtual Vegas: Novell To Host Press Conference Today



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November 28, 2006 7:46 am

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Novell’s holding a virtual press conference today from the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas to announce news around data center management. The press conference will also highlight new cross”‘platform solutions that help customers employ innovative technologies like virtualization, and efficiently manage their IT infrastructure from desktop to data center. The press conference will …

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securing designer projects



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November 27, 2006 11:25 am

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security As we extend designer’s offline capabilities, people will be storing more and more sensitive data in their designer projects. Many consultants are taking their customer’s data – stored in designer projects – out of the protected networks and buildings. Business logic, processes, passwords, IP addresses, administrator phone numbers, email addresses and more. how is designer going to protect your and your customer’s data?We are investigating for our Designer 2.1 release how we can better protect sensitive information in Designer projects. Sensitive information is not only passwords but also business logic and address and contact information that you may have stored in Designer. So far on our list of data that needs enhanced protection are:

  • Passwords
  • IP addresses
  • Contact information
  • Password protect a complete project

In your mind, what other information do we need to (better) protect in order to serve you best?

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ZENworks Asset Management: Getting Inventory Information after Upgrading



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November 27, 2006 12:00 am

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Rob Aronson had a customer who upgraded 20 computers that had been in inventory from Win2k to Win XP. After the upgrade they deleted the machines from the database but were unable to ever get inventory again from the computers. They tried to reinstall the ZAM agent but it made no difference. Here’s how he solved it.

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Controlling Windows Look and Feel for all Users

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November 27, 2006 12:00 am

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Jared Jennings details how you can create multiple looks and feels for different departments, while maintaining only one OS image.

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ZENworks Next Generation, BrainShare 2007, and Stuff…

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November 25, 2006 1:20 pm

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I want to quickly cover off two things before I take off for the rest of the weekend and enjoy some life.

First… for those of you that are looking to go to BrainShare this year, and are interested in “what’s going on with ZENworks”, let me point out that you are going to see a number of new sessions this year, mainly covering the topic of the next generation of ZENworks… codename “Pulsar”. Attend these sessions. We are going to turn things upside down this year, and promise you a treat. We are going to HEAVILY focus on demonstrating things, deployment, and best practices for design, and architecture. So keep in mind that when you see “Pulsar” or “Next Generation” in the title, sign up while you can.

Second… I have been asked by several people to do a couple of things regarding the next generation of ZENworks. First they would like to see us develop some white papers covering this revolutionary release of ZENworks, and secondly they would like me to cover off some topics like deployment and migration here on Cool Blogs. Given that it’s Saturday right now, and life is calling, I will not go into it today… but I will start to post more starting next week (the week of November 27). Post here if you have comments, or things you would like me to cover off for your benefit.

Cheers from the Great White North, and a little city known as Toronto.

Mark (Hollywood)

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Ubuntu’s Open Week – and openSUSE



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November 24, 2006 1:35 pm

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Ubuntu’s open week sounds like a really good idea. I’m just surprised that it is done to get users away from openSUSE as Mark Shuttleworth announced on the opensuse mailing lists.

Mark, let me reiterate that the openSUSE community and the Ubuntu communities share the same goals. We might put different emphasis on some of them, so let me speak just about one where I see a different focus.

For us at SUSE it was always important – and still is – to not only have a great distribution but to work together with the community to bring open source and Linux forward for the benefit of all. I was responsible for the port of Linux to x86-64 (now AMD64 and Intel EM64T). This port included not only development effort especially in the Linux kernel, the GNU C Library, the GNU Compiler Collection and the GNU binutils but also porting of many applications that were not 64-bit clean. All the code was available in the public and went in the public repositories before we made the first distribution. You could even get the code before any chips were available. Without this foundation, a first distribution on x86-64 would have taken much longer for everybody.

There’s further development work in different areas, like NetworkManager, XGL, evolution and beagle, where Novell and openSUSE developers are involved as part of the open source community to develop a foundation that every distribution, including Ubuntu, can use.

Together with Ubuntu’s great marketing and our great engineering, we can change the world (Note: I do not want to exclude other great projects like Debian, Fedora and Mandriva). The Open Week targeted at Microsoft users and developers would be a great idea!
Mark, I’d like to invite you to discuss what possibilities we have to work together against the domination of Microsoft on the desktops and servers – instead of fighting against each other.

I would prefer to see more users switching from Windows to Linux than just Linux users switching distributions.

Daniel, I liked your balanced response.

UPDATE: Burgundavia, thanks for your apology and pointing out the satirical reply.

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Nothing virtual about this solution…



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November 24, 2006 3:24 am

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Do you ever have one of those weeks… followed by another and another? My main NetWare server in my lab has been suffering hardware problems recently – the motherboard decided to die (this I discovered after testing a different processor and power supply). Luckily my brother-in-law had an old PC with a similar motherboard that he wasn’t using, so I used that, which also gave me a nice processor upgrade [not that NetWare needs much in the way of processor, but it helps the startup to run quicker :-) ]. This process had taken me about a week all told, and I was getting nervous, because this is also my mail server, and I was starting to lose mail.
So when it all powered up, I was happy, mail from the last 4 days started to trickle in and I thought I’d found a nice low-cost way to prolong the life of this ancient (more than 6 years old, like I said, ancient) machine. Little did I know that there was something else lying in wait – a couple of days ago, I rebooted the server after making some changes and… it wouldn’t boot up (same symptoms as before, power to the motherboard and disks, but no video and no “beeps”). Draining the CMOS allowed it to partially boot – once, then not again. Tried 3 different power supplies, nothing helped (my theory at this point is that my original power supply may be bad, and it fried the motherboard – well both of them actually). So I was feeling a little despondent as I’d wasted a lot of time on this. I decided to bite the bullet, and buy a new server, 5 minutes online with Dell and a server was ordered, but of course there’s a 2 week waiting time, what to do meanwhile…

One of my friends, Andy, reminded me that VMWARE has the facility to use a physical disk… So, taking the disk, plugging it into my main Linux box (SLES9 at the moment), and setting up a new virtual machine, I was all set I thought, NetWare started to boot… and hung at the “Pres Esc to cancel boot” message, but there was disk activity. I left it for one hour, two, and found the box was running at 100% load, nothing would respond. In the end I had to pull the power on the Linux box as it was so unresponsive. I tried this a few times, with different startup parameters, but still it was unusable. I felt soooooo close, but what was causing this? Searching through the disk parameters, I had a Eureka moment – but this time it wasn’t in the bath. Change the disk type to be “persistent”, so that VMWARE wasn’t trying to make copies of everything that was happening. Voila! System boots, it’s working just fine now as a virtual server, and when the new box arrives, I’ll be doing an across-the-wire migration.

I LOVE virtualisation…

Oh, an update, based on some work I did today – it looks like the problem that caused the slowness was me making the disk the IDE slave:  changed it to master and that gave me back the speed…

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openSUSE 10.2 RC1



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November 23, 2006 1:57 pm

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I’ve released today the first release candidate (RC1) of openSUSE 10.2 to the public, the announcement went out this afternoon.

For details about the important changes see https://en.opensuse.org/Factory/News.

The development team handled a large number of bugs, updated a few packages – most notably D-Bus to version 1.0 (nearly no changes besides the version number) and Evolution to 2.8.2 – and included further translations. The areas that we had to work hardest on were the bootloader configuration and our software management stack.

For our software management stack we now have two different user interfaces: The ZENworks Linux interface introduced in SUSE Linux 10.1 with the commands rug and zen-updater – and the new software management tools zypper and opensuse-updater. Zypper accepts most of the commands that rug does with the same syntax. The applet opensuse-updater can talk to the zmd daemon or use directly the package management library without a running daemon. During installation the ZENworks tools are installed by default with the “Enterprise Software Management (ZENworks Linux Management)” pattern, the other one is name “openSUSE Software Management” and can be used alternatively. The newer tools have not seen that much testing to install them by default but I’ll ask experienced users and testers to look at them and give us feedback.

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