SuSE adds features to its Linux for IBM servers

SuSE Linux AG of Nuremburg, Germany, has added additional features to its Linux distribution for servers from IBM Corp., the company announced.

The update to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries systems includes expanded hardware support, new drivers, security fixes and patches, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The hardware support will allow IBM’s most recent pSeries servers to be partitioned into logical systems so that users can consolidate multiple applications on a single high-performance server, the company said.

An ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver for Linux allows users to access DB2 Universal Database for OS/400 from Linux applications, SuSE said.

The updates can be obtained through the SuSE Web site or on CD. New customers who purchase the 12-month system maintenance package along with the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for iSeries and pSeries will be given the CD with all of the updates, the company said.

Users of the IBM/SuSE Linux servers include Deutsche Bank AG, Alcatel SA and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, which last month announced a partnership with Armonk, New York, IBM to supply the open-source Linux operating system to federal, state and local governments.