ARM processors have become quite popular in environments where low-energy consumption is considered more important than raw performance. Mobile devices, such as smart phones, tend to run on ARM processors and ARM has increasingly been used in servers where power savings offer significant cost advantages. SUSE has announced that ARM support has landed in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and the distribution will support running all of SUSE's core packages on ARM-powered devices. "SLES for ARM is part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 common code base. This means that the versions, and thereby the source code, of all core packages of the SUSE Linux Enterprise product family are the same—from the desktop to the mainframe. The tool chain, like compilers and libraries are the same across the supported hardware architectures. The common code base guarantees product consistency and a persistent look and feel, which lets you leverage the skills of your IT staff. It also provides for the highest code quality, better supportability and preemptive code maintenance. SLES for ARM will become available later this year and initially will support SOCs from AMD, Applied Micro, Cavium, NXP, and Xilinx. A number of solution vendors will exploit SLES for ARM to deliver servers to support a wide range of workloads." Further details can be found in the SUSE blog post.