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Do not know if it helps, but I had the same problem because you can not burn the dowloaded iso image directly into a CD, you need to open the file .iso as image in Nero Burning rom(or any other), and then burn it.
But Mandrake comes in 3 cd's while SUSE comes in just one. So, without reading through each package contents, I guess that Mandrake will have more programs available while in SUSE, I would spend more time on the internet looking for and downloading the same programs that comes already with mandrake distribution.
SuSE Professional comes with 5cds plus 2 dvds for 64bit processors
I just downloaded and installed SuSE, and am now attempting to install: gDesklets, kopete, opera and some others but I don't think that it came with a c compiler...is this right? Or am I just missing something?
SuSE Pro comes with gcc and all other things needed for compiling from source on the CD. I've no idea about Personal.
In regards to SuSE and Mandrake, go with SuSE. I chose it, and am very happy. If you can use KDE, it's great. You don't need to do much from the command line, and the most is done from nice GUIs. Everything comes with SuSE Pro and you won't need to download much more, just upgrade a bit.
Mgoldale, I just got it off the SuSE site, here
one thing to keep in mind though, I think that I does not come with the C compiler. Makes it a bit difficult installing new programs. Very nice program though.
SuSE Personal comes without a lot of codecs and compilers. If you find an FTP mirror for 9.1 Pro (in which these things are included), you should be able to find the missing packages. As subdivizion's comment suggests, the ftp install of SuSE 9.1 Pro is the better choice.
I bought 9.1 Personal myself and was so annoyed with it I threw it on the shelf and installed Mandy 10 on my box instead.
As for powerpower's comment: Yes, Mandrake features much more packages than SuSE 9.1 Personal. This is not necessarily an advantage! When a distribution comes out, many of the program packages are - obsolete is not quite fair, but certainly - dated. If you have a good connection, this means that you don't install the programs from the CDs but download the latest program version from the web instead (using Mandrake's great tool, urpmi). Then downloading a huge bundle of older programs - the 3 Mandrake CDs - seems pointless. If you use a system on a dial-up line, however, it is nice to have everything on the CDs.
Originally posted by powerpower I was thnking about trying both of them...but I wonder:
Can I install them on the same computer which contains also windows 2000 installed?
Is it easy to uninstall one of them later without causing problems to the other?
If you are going to do this, set up your partitions with tools that understand what the Windows requirements are. Windows carries some very old "I have to support DOS boot stuff". Not all the Linux partition table tools respect those rules. e.g. starting partitions on a cylinder alignment. Create your partitions using Partition Magic if you have it. If not use Windows to create the partitions. Format them with Linux during installation.