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Does anyone know where I can get ISO images of SuSE Linux Professional 8.1?? I know SuSE only offer a live-eval ISO, but I was hoping maybe someone ripped the CDs into ISOs and uploaded them online or something.
Perhaps I'm misinformed, but I thought the only thing that had to be available from distribution providers was source code. I think we've been spoiled into expecting the different distributions to provide ISOs and RPMs. We musn't forget that these are normal companies whose profits are the single bottom line.
IMHO if you want a free version of linux go to linuxfromscratch.org. If you want to take advantage of a simplified and prebuilt linux distro you should be willing to financially support that programmers that make that possible.
i did hear somewhere that SuSE provide isos for download themselves via a slow ftp connection, and that they tend to not make a big thing of it. Not sure if that was all hot air or not. My advice is if you like the live eval CD, then buy SuSE outright. for what you get, it's a fraction of the cost of w*nd*ws, and it's as competitive as the retail prices of red hat and mandrake.
I tried a network install of SuSE that worked very successfully. Only took about one hour for a 2.5Gb install.
The big problem was that SuSE ran so SLOW!! I ended up trying some speed checks between SuSE 8.1, Mandrake 9.0, and RedHat 8.0. Actions like opening up StarOffice 6.0, opening terminal windows, transferring files, loading files into programs etc.
SuSE 8.1 was generally significantly slower than RH and Mandrake. I tried to standardise the window settings and sounds and colours etc.