September 2007


Yes, it’s time for another installment of my very popular “Ross gets this question a lot lately, time for a blog post!” type of posting.

Who’s Asking?

Let’s put this into perspective, why would current Novell and prospective customers be asking us all of a sudden in large numbers what applications/services run on SLES? I’ve asked and the majority are not current SLES customers, they are a mix of traditional Novell (Red) customers (about 40%) and new to SUSE prospective customers (about 50%) and the rest (10%) won’t come out with why, they’re just looking around, thank you very much…

I’ve sent out the links to and shown the following site and it’s children a lot lately, so I wanted to get everyone used to how to find what applications/partners/services etc. are available for SLE 10.  The vast majority of what I am talking about are application services like Oracle and Websphere, not OpenOffice.org.  I just love having someone ask me a complex question and to know we’ve already documented it and I can show them quickly by using the blog posting!

The Goods

The Novell Product Partner Guide is the main landing page for all these solutions, it has options for you to browse the available apps by:

  • product
  • hardware
  • software
  • industry
  • architecture

There’s also an alphabetical list of Partners you can quickly look through, such as if you want to know what Oracle apps or IBM hardware and apps are certified and with what version/patch level of SLES.

The Market Start program is a way to get small to medium businesses quickly into an application service that solves specific needs. There are a number of these, including Alfresco, BlackDuck and Pentaho.

Another very popular section of the site is the Yes Bulletin Search page, either by the bulletin number (which I never know, so it’s not useful to me) and the Yes Bulletin Advanced Search, which lets you search by any keyword you can remember, even if you haven’t had enough coffee this morning…

Yes, it’s even possible to request a Linux Application to be certified, or to let the program managers know of something that you think we should be looking at or someone to be partnering with, we get a number of these, and they are very helpful. Submit away!

Summary

All in all, that ought to keep everyone busy for a while, if you have questions or suggestions, please put them in a comment and we’ll get right on it!

Enjoy,

RossB

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According to ITPro – UK-based online retailer I Want One of Those (IWOOT) has been implementing a open-source strategy and has chosen SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop for its “ERP system, desktop productivity apps [including Novell GroupWise] and website servers” to take advantage of the Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement signed last year.

The implementation of SUSE Linux Enterprise is helping IWOOT by giving them a single platform on which to run these apps – which used to be on various OS’s (including Windows).

Read more in this ITPro article

As Skip mentioned in his recent post, AMD has decided to “get it’s act together” when it comes to a Linux video driver.  In fact, AMD is partnering with Novell SUSE Linux engineers to get this project moving.  More info on this here and here.

Well, the first fruits of that labor have hit the street.  Granted, this is only alpha-quality code, but hey – it’s progress and a positive indication of the collaboration to come.  Check it out here.

If you’re in the Albany NY area this week, stop by the Goverment Technology Conference at the government plaza (under the “Egg”) on Thursday the 27th of September and you’ll learn all about how to take advantage of Open Source in Government.

Here’s the agenda and though pre-registration is closed, you can get in at the event the morning of.

See you there!

RossB

  • Linux Event
  • October 4, 2007 @ Memphis Marriott
  • This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of Novell’s latest Linux advances in desktop, server, deployment, virtualization and security. The session will provide you and your fellow business decision makers with a strategy update pertaining to key pain points within organizations. In addition to learning about time, energy and cost saving changes you can make within your organization, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with your peers.
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  • Linux Event
  • September 27, 2007 @ Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
  • This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of Novell’s latest Linux advances in desktop, server, deployment, virtualization and security. The session will provide you and your fellow business decision makers with a strategy update pertaining to key pain points within organizations. In addition to learning about time, energy and cost saving changes you can make within your organization, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Register Now

Click for more events and training in the East…

Every year, the heavyweights from the OpenOffice.org community come together to share ideas and hear about what others are doing to make OpenOffice.org the best office suite available.

If you’d like to poke your head in and see what kinds of things were discussed, here are several links which may interest you… they even were able to post some video recordings of some of the sessions.  Of course you’ll also find some of the presentations online — in ODF format of course!

OpenOffice.org Conference 2007 Barcelona Home page

Novell Open PR Blog entry (as a major contributor to OOo, we were a Premium sponsor)

Official OOo Conference 2007 Blog

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