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Novell Pioneers a Faster Way to Deliver Linux Drivers

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-05-17 Print this article Print

Novell introduces a new, faster way for Linux users to get device drivers and for vendors to get those drivers to them. (Linux-Watch)

Novell Inc. has come up with a faster way to deliver Linux hardware drivers, and driver updates, to Linux users.

With the new driver process, users can get drivers independently of kernel updates, and vendors can more easily develop and deliver device drivers for Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

In addition, the new Linux process enables hardware and software vendors to provide their products' Linux drivers and driver updates to customers directly, while still being integrated with SUSE's YaST operating system setup and configuration tool.

The new process is simply another way for us to help customers run their businesses reliably and cost effectively," Kurt Garloff, head Linux architect for Novell, said in a statement.

"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," Garloff explained.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Novell Pioneers a Faster Way to Deliver Linux Drivers

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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