New OpenSUSE embraces 64-bit ARM

The newly released OpenSUSE 13.1 distribution comes with the latest version of OpenSrtack

Joining Fedora and Ubuntu, the new version of the community driven OpenSUSE can now be run on AArch64 processors, further preparing the market for servers running on the new 64-bit ARM architecture.

The newly released OpenSUSE 13.1, also comes with the latest version of OpenStack, called Havana, and can work with computers secured by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

The OpenSUSE Project, which manages the mostly volunteer-led development of OpenSUSE, has warned that the AArch64 version of the new distribution is still experimental, though it can be used to test ARM-based servers and operations. With this release, OpenSUSE joins Red Hat's community-driven Linux distribution, Fedora, and Canonical's Ubuntu, in offering an experimental Linux distribution that can run on 64-bit ARM processors.

At the Usenix LISA (Large Installation System Administration) conference earlier this month, a Red Hat engineer cautiously enthused about the future use of 64-bit ARM processors in the data center. The architecture's low power requirements could be ideal for Web services, he noted.

Server makers Boston Limited, Penguin Computing and Aeon Computing already offer ARM servers, and Hewlett-Packard and Dell plan to release servers in the near future.

Microsoft has offered no word on whether it plans to port Windows Server to 64-Bit ARM, though its Windows RT OS for consumer tablets runs on 32-bit ARM processors.

The more widely used x86-based version of OpenSUSE features more than 6,000 packages of software and tools. OpenSUSE 13.1 comes with the latest editions of the most widely used open-source software, including OpenStack, MySQL, MariaDB, Ruby in Rails, GCC (Gnu Compiler Collection), the Gnome and KDE shells, and the Apache Web server software.

QEMU (Quick Emulator) software can now fully run KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization) virtual machines in OpenSUSE 13.1. Samba 4.1 offers improved support for working with Windows domains, and the advanced BTRFS (B-tree file system) is ready for general purpose use.

The last version of OpenSUSE, version 12.3, was released in March, and version 13.2 is expected to be available in July 2014.

OpenSUSE 13.1 will be supported with bug and security fixes for three years.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags unixLinuxopen sourcecanonicalsoftwareOpenSuse Projectoperating systemsRed Hat

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?