Hence, it was but fitting that an upgrade to this package should be announced during the first SUSECON, the company's first annual conference as a standalone business unit after it was taken private last year.
SUSE Manager 1.7 was announced yesterday at the conference in Orlando, Florida; it enables the management of servers running either SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
There are compliance improvements in the new release, such as OpenSCAP which offers a standardised approach to maintaining the security of business systems through patching, including a way of checking to see if security has been breached.
In part, SUSE Manager owes its existence to the open source Spacewalk project which Red Hat released to the public; Red Hat's own NetWork Satellite product is derived from the same codebase.
The writer is attending SUSECON as a guest of SUSE