From evilzenscientist’s blog:
“evilzenscientist :: thoughts ï¿½ ZENworks 7 imaging: “ZENworks OS imaging has always been based on the Linux kernel – it’s fast, efficient, has a great networking stack and is also extensible. None of the problems of DOS and getting NDIS drivers etc.
Earlier versions of ZENworks – (ZfD 3.x, ZfD 4.0, ZENworks 6, ZENworks 6.5) – spawned a slew of sites dedicated to tweaking this Linux environment. Notable is the Novell Forge Project zfdimgdrv. The imaging environment has also been extended by the likes of ENGL.
ZENworks 7 changed to a SLES 9 SP2-based kernel; this provides extensive hardware support (and real support; things that have been tested).”
(Back to T.J.’s Thoughts:) I think this is another excellent reason to upgrade – matching drivers – especially with the Dell Optiplex line – has been a nightmare with previous versions of imaging. I know most of these machines are supported well with SLES 9 – I’ve been running it on a couple in test senarios on and off for a while. I do have ZenWorks under my SLA, so the cost is nill for me, and the benifits are starting to far overweight the potential problems.