SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, powered by SUSE LINUX and created by Novell, is an enterprise-class Linux distribution. It can be deployed as a general-purpose desktop platform or tailored for use in information kiosks, call-centre terminals, or stations for infrequent PC users. It also provides an alternative to high-cost UNIX-based engineering workstations.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, designed predominantly for high-performance data centres, provides a modern, efficient and secure foundation for data centre computing. It is often used to facilitate Solaris migration, SCO migration, and other UNIX migration to Linux.
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· 3.0 Linux kernel: SP2 includes scheduler and memory management optimizations, support for transparent huge pages and per-CPU network load balancing. These features improve the performance of compute and I/O intensive workloads. SP2 supports the latest Intel* Xeon and AMD* Opteron processors, and exploits new hardware RAS features like CPU and memory offlining.
· Btrfs: SP2 is the first Linux platform to offer commercial btrfs filesystem support. Snapper, a unique tool that's integrated with YaST and Zypper, uses the copy-on-write and snapshot capabilities of btrfs to help administrators audit and roll-back system configuration changes, improving resiliency and services availability.
· Linux Containers: SP2 includes support for Linux Containers - highly efficient and low overhead OS virtualization. Also designed to work well with Xen*, KVM, ESX and Hyper-V*, SP2 offers the most extensive virtualization capabilities of any enterprise Linux distribution.