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try the personal iso distro from suse(just recently released on the ftp)
i believe the live cd is only a demo and you cannot change anything there. Nvidia works ok, just be careful if you use 60 or 70 HZ at a higher resolution as this can really mess things up.
here is the boot.iso file to boot off of and install via FTP suse Pro, if you can't do ftp you are stuck w/ buying pro/pirating pro or using the personal ISO
I think the live eval is of the pro version.
There's no reason to get an ilegal copy of SuSE with so many free distros out there. SuSE is not even that good: It's just on the same level as Mandrake and Redhat. In fact, I prefer Mandrake Control Center than YaST. But since I already bought it with my summer job money, I'll stick with SuSE.
But believe me, there's nothing PHENOMENAL about SuSE that would make worthy to have a pirated copy of it... it's just an average distro as any other.
It's not really clear whether or not you can copy the suse cd's or not. What is clear however is that you can download personal for free and with changing sources have a lot of the pro version as well.
Regarding copying, look at official reactions in this thread and decide for yourself (suse vs novell):
Suse does not make its 9.1 Pro installation ISO's available for download. Any site that claims to offer such should be treated with extreme skepticism. What you can do:
* download the 9.1 Personal edition and install that
* download the Live CD versions and use them
* install 9.1 via FTP/Network from a mirror site
* download the 9.1 installation tree, then install from the local hard drive
* borrow the installation CD's from someone else who has purchased them
Logically, you can debate these points, but that's the official Suse stance, and it needs to be respected. As for me, I downloaded the tree, then installed from the local disk. It's time consuming (>3G of data needs to be downloaded) but in the end it worked out favorably. -- J.W.
There are also .iso's flying everywhere on torrent and xmule, both DVD and the 5 CD's. But then again, as I said before, SuSE has _nothing_ much better then any other distribution.
Actually, I've found Mandrake 9.2 to have more useful packages, like fluxbox and webmin. SuSE comes with blackbox though.
(g)urpmi and Mandrake Control Center smashes YaST, in my honest opinion...
It's quite a bit of Windows mentality, really:" Blender3D/Anim8or, is free, others as 3D Canvas are quite affordable, but why use free/cheap if we can download 3D Studio Max(worthy 3.500 bucks) with Kazaa..."
There's nothing special about SuSE, except that they don't make .iso so peoples simply assume that for not being "free" is better...
P.S: I did, bought SuSE. I've been working a hole bunch extra (plus my ordinary job) under the summer to get SuSE. I did not regret buying it for a second, but Mandrake 10 Power Pack or Slackware Linux Essentials would have made me just as happy...
Suse does offer ISOs of it's personal edition on the website. I've downloaded and installed it and it runs GREAT. This is the most I've ever gotten out of a linux distro to get me up and running. YAST is extremely useful and I'd be hard pressed to think MCC is any better considering I've tried it and found it to be limiting. Now, I'm no linux guru, but I am slightly above Newbie considering. Anyways, SuSe and Slack are great distros. Not too much fluff but also decent system control, Slack obviously being more controllable.
I still can't get sound to work without crackles...altough I appear to have fixed the jerky mouse.
Any advice on sound?? It's a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop.