Ubuntu getting the desktop Linux buzz, but SuSE gets first major preload partner

Ubuntu getting the desktop Linux buzz, but SuSE gets first major preload partner

Summary: Last week, I wrote about how Ubuntu (desktop Linux) is getting heaps of praise and good karma at the expense of some other traditionally compelling destkop distros including Xandros.  This week however, the cards are appparently falling Novell SuSE desktop Linux's direction as eWeek is reporting that one of the three top-tier vendors -- Lenovo -- will be offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) as a preload option.

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Last week, I wrote about how Ubuntu (desktop Linux) is getting heaps of praise and good karma at the expense of some other traditionally compelling destkop distros including Xandros.  This week however, the cards are appparently falling Novell SuSE desktop Linux's direction as eWeek is reporting that one of the three top-tier vendors -- Lenovo -- will be offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) as a preload option.  Wrote eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

For years, the holy grail of the Linux desktop has been to get a major computer vendor to commit to preloading a Linux desktop. It finally happened....On August 4, we found out that Lenovo Group, the company that has taken over IBM's Personal Computing Division, had made a deal with Novell to preload SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) on its ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation....For the first time, a major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) has committed to preloading a Linux desktop.

Wow. 

After being out-of-service for nearly month (partially my fault because I was too busy to ship it), my Thinkpad is due back tomorrow and I'm trying to figure out the shortest path to getting it all virtualized the way I like it. Given SuSE's support for Xen, it would be cool to run SLED as the host (Xen actually doesn't use the word host but I'm using it since there's no universal langauge) and then Windows on a couple of guests.  But the one thing I'm more interested in is how to get the host minimized to a really low footprint so I don't have to run all of SLED or Windows or something else just to manage the hypervisor.  I want to save as many system resources as possible for the guest OSes.  I've found quite a bit of advice online about using Linux as a host, but none that walks you through -- beginning to end -- how to set up a stripped down Linux that only has what you need to support the other guests.

If you know, feel free to comment below. Thanks 

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  • My understanding of Xen...

    ... is that it does NOT act as (or require) a "host" OS, because it is a true hypervisor. Instead of one OS running "inside" of another (guest/host), they run truly side-by-side. again, that is my understanding of Xen, having never used it. I will not touch Xen, because I have heard too many "2 days to get it set up" horror stories about it over the last year or so. There is only one piece of software I let consume that much of my life, and that is BIND. :)

    J.Ja
    Justin James
  • Preinstalled Linux Desktop/Laptops

    Several companies are starting to sell preinstalled Linux Desktop and Laptops.

    http://lxer.com/module/forums/t/23168/
    cyber_rigger@...
    • Little players

      That list is nice, but what I don't see are Lenovo (IBM), Dell, HP, Fujitsu or Toshiba. Little players are nice, but Fortune 1000 companies don't buy thousands of units from little players. One single corporate sale from Lenovo is probably enough to outstrip everone else on that list.
      chill633
      • Sorry, but did you read the article?

        ". . .one of the three top-tier vendors ? Lenovo ? will be offering SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) as a preload option."
        ebrke
      • Hi...I'm reading...Have we met?...

        "what I don't see are Lenovo..."

        What you don't see is the article. Try again.
        sjwvuie
      • Little players are nice

        Sears, Kmart, Amazon, Walmart aren't exactly little.

        http://lxer.com/module/forums/t/23168/
        cyber_rigger@...
  • No authentication/validation bull crap, nice!

    You can't beat the price and no authentication and validation bull crap. No license purchases needed to spread it to other machines. This may really take off like a rocket. I myself have been using SLED for a while now and love it. Of course I like a challange being an old DOS BBS operator.
    Pazooza