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+Swapnil Bhartiya Your CIO.com article says "When it comes to commercial Linux we have two kings: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). These two are the oldest commercial Linux vendors."  Actually Slackware holds that distinction.
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+Swapnil Bhartiya Unless you have a rather unorthodox definition of "commercial," it most certainly is a commercial distribution. Slackware is what's paid Pat's bills for all these years.
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Working for a company that is willing to do things like this is kind of nice. Sure beats boring stuffed-shirt types.
 
What if "Uptown Funk" was really about Live Patching of the Linux kernel?  We found out at #SUSECon 2015.
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Weird Al could not have done this any better, for sure.
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I don't understand why IBM is so insistent that the two new LinuxONE mainframes are "the first Linux-only" machines. The first z890 model was a Linux-only system, and customers have been able to order IFL-only machines for quite a while.

My other problem with this set of announcements is the insistence on referring to "8,000 virtual machines" without mentioning that this is possible with only one of the hypervisors they list: z/VM.

Then, they show a list of open source packages that are "now available" for mainframe Linux that have been available for quite some time: Postgresql, MariaDB.

Finally, I hope they do a better job of figuring out the "metered" licensing costs. I would really hate to see Linux users jumping through the same sort of hoops and contorting themselves the way I see a lot of z/OS shops do to keep software costs under control.
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+Carsten Otte​ oh, that's cool...
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15th anniversary for SUSE on IBM z Systems: The Contest!  (Win a free trip to SUSECon in Amsterdam.)
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Cool!  Thanks for the "shout out" too.  I remember working on it in late 1999, wondering what the heck we were doing when there was this scary Y2K that we had to worry about.  Little did we know then, how things would turn out.  Y2K was a bust, and Linux took off like crazy.
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SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 4 Now Available

For our mainframe customers, ISO images are available at https://download.suse.com/Download?buildid=a6P9zZjl35Q~
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Argh. A spammer that doesn't realize they are a spammer. I got the following from a spam report I filed:
Hello SpamCop user,
 
The email marked as spam below is a part of our Technology prospect email nurture series which includes 6 emails over 30 days. The primary call to action in the emails is to ‘start a free trial’. We purchase technology lists from list providers and funnel them into the nurture on a monthly basis. Our internal Marketing Operations team has processes in place to deter spamming our database and are actively monitoring and scrubbing the database for inactive email addresses. There are also rules in place to avoid sending too many emails to active recipients.

Sigh.
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SLES12 SP1, now nice and shiny!
 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP 1 is available!

Includes +Docker, Single sign-on with Shibboleth, JeOS and full support for multiple 64 bit architectures, including: +IBM POWER8 LE, +IBM System z, +Intel 64 and +AMD 64. 

Check out what's new: https://www.suse.com/products/server/features/
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KVM represents the second fully supported hypervisor for the mainframe. Each offers unique capabilities and operational/performance characteristics. Do your research before deciding on which one best fits your needs.
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And the good news just keeps coming. SUSE Manager 2.1 can now both manage clients on, and run the server on the mainframe.
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Over the weekend our local, not a national chain, pet store was having their annual customer appreciation sale. Picked up a bunch of food, etc. and a nice T shirt. Dog owners will definitely be able to relate. :)
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Now this is a cool use of technology for a good cause.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/09/drones-shut-down-rhino-elephant-poaching
The flying robots predict where poachers will target wildlife and send in rangers to stop them before they can pull the trigger.
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"Wipes Windows in Seconds."
 
The small-print on these is so great :-)
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