Thanks very much for the posts, I will follow up the link to the mirrors - thanks!
I have another thread running specifically about the make command and I am getting great responses from this also.
Suse Personal download is a great package but as I get more into configuring Linux, as you have said, it seems to have left very useful commands and utilities out!
another thing that appears to be missing from Suse 9 personal is usable wireless support (main reason for me trying to install make). The hardware configurator sees the card and knows what it is but will not configure it.
I will post my progress in case it's useful to you or others! If you want to read the other thread it can be found searching om my ID mcmorj. (There are only two that I know of!)