Novell releases hardware partners from the kernel

By   |  May 23, 2006

Novell says that it has developed a new Linux driver process that will enable hardware manufacturers to offer device drivers without complex compiling for the end-user or waiting for the kernel to include the drivers. Say goodbye to make and make install.

The new system – called the Partner Linux Driver Process – is available for Suse Linux Enterprise products as an upgrade for Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3. It will be integrated into the up-coming Suse Linux Enterprise 10.

The new Linux driver process developed by Novell allows hardware and software vendors to provide Linux drivers and driver updates for their products to customers directly and transparently, in a way that is completely integrated with Suse Linux Enterprise delivery and support, Novell says.

“The new process is simply another way for us to help customers run their businesses reliably and cost effectively,” says Kurt Garloff, head Linux architect for Novell. “Working with the open source community and our hardware and software partners, and welcoming the participation of other Linux distributors, we are allowing customers to efficiently obtain needed drivers independent of our Suse Linux Enterprise release cycles. We will continue to support third parties delivering open source drivers to kernel.org for release directly with our Linux products, but this new process fills the driver gap between releases that can be critical to customer and partner success.”

By uncoupling device drivers from the kernel, third-party hardware and software vendors will benefit from a simpler driver provision process and more customers being able to update hardware and software without waiting for Linux platform updates, the company says.

More information on the process is available at http://developer.novell.com/linuxdrivers.

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