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Old 08-22-2005, 04:06 PM   #1
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New SUSE Distro. - Which distro., should I buy or download?


I am using SUSE 8.2 Professional on my laptop.

I have used this for 1.5 years, a friend loaded this onto my laptop using a package that I bought from Amazon.

I would like a newer version of SUSE, but have never installed this myself. Would it be better to buy another package, rather than attempt to download this from a free online version?

I thought that the newest distro. was 9.2. I see people mentioning 10.0 as well. Is it better to stay with 8.2, or are there enough new attributes in the newer versions of SUSE to make it worthwhile to upgrade?

What version of SUSE would be a good choice for an upgrade, if any?

I have problems with playing DVD-ROMS on 8.2. is this improved in the newer versions ? I have read that 9.2 still does not really support DVD-ROMS.Is that so?

Thanks!
 
Old 08-22-2005, 04:48 PM   #2
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9.2 is old and busted.
9.3 is the new hotness.

10.0 is beta.

It is actually legal to download Suse 9.3 pro or to copy someone else's DVD/CDs (read the license!), but if you like it definitely buy it to help fund continued development of the distribution.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: New SUSE Distro. - Which distro., should I buy or download?

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I am using SUSE 8.2 Professional on my laptop.
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I have problems with playing DVD-ROMS on 8.2. is this improved in the newer versions ? I have read that 9.2 still does not really support DVD-ROMS.Is that so?

Thanks!
I read and write DVDs on SuSE 9.3 every other day with no problems. It's no different (for a humble user) than reading CDs. To watch encrypted DVD movies you need to do a little configuring yourself though.

SuSE 8.2 is kind of old, you will definitively note a lot of positive difference.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 06:43 PM   #4
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Be on the cutting edge go for the Beta, it is sweet. I really haven't noticed any problems other than a slight delay when logging out of KDE.

You can download beta 1 which is only 4 cds then use System Update to update to Beta2. Saves a cd, but takes about 2 hours on a broadband connection.
 
Old 08-22-2005, 10:03 PM   #5
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It sounds as if 9.3 would be the best for me. I think that i will order the package from Amazon.

Were you referring to Professional, or Personal?

Have you noticed any dark screen problems when using SUSE on a laptop?

If I close my laptop, I have to open and close the top many times before the monitor is legible. If I leave the laptop open, the screen stays lit all of the time.

Would this be a problem with my laptop battery, or the version of SUSE I am using?

I noticed many other people having dark screen problems with SUSE, but not this exact problem.
Thanks!
 
Old 08-22-2005, 10:09 PM   #6
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Isn't Beta a bit "iffy"? I do not know much about it, but isn't Beta more for experts that know how to tinker with the OS, and fix problems?

I am not that advanced at all. This will be the first time that I have actually installed an OS by myself.

The beta idea sounds very nice, but maybe a bit out of my league?
 
Old 08-23-2005, 10:17 AM   #7
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I installed the beta. It's fairly stable. Most problems seem to lay in firefox...and a few things in yast. MP3 support doesn't come installed by default, so you have to add a yast source...and install the 'mad' files. Other than that though..it really is damn stable. I wish I could get rid of beagle though...from autoloading..
 
Old 08-23-2005, 12:14 PM   #8
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You could just wait for the official release of 10.0 in a few weeks time.
 
Old 08-23-2005, 05:43 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help.

What is the difference between 9.3 and 10?

Is 10 easier to install than 9.3? I have used several different SUSE's. I am now using 8.2. I found that each application was not that easy to install.

I had wanted to Partition and use XP as well. That just did not work at all. As long as XP was loaded, SUSE did not work properly at all. I had to completely remomve XP.

Would it be possible to reload, and actually use XP with 9.3 or 10?

Which KDE do they use?


I have just installed Firefox. It took awhile to install. I had heard that it was the best ever. However, I was already using Mozilla, and I do not detect much of a difference between the two. Firefox is a bit faster, and I can enable all of my G-mail account with Firefox. Other than that, not much difference.
 
Old 08-23-2005, 07:34 PM   #10
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10.0 uses KDE 3.4.2

Yu should be able to dual boot with out any problems with either 9.3 or 10.0.

Fiefox kicks butt. Check out the extensions for it.

I am using 10.0beta2 and I haven't really noticed any problems other than a delay when logging out of KDE.
 
Old 08-23-2005, 08:06 PM   #11
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Hello,

Have you had any problems with "dark screen" on either of the 2 SUSE ' s?

I am having a lot of trouble with that with 8.2.

How many CD ROMS are needed for SUSE 10 Beta?

Which mirror did you use in order to download 10?

Thanks
 
Old 08-24-2005, 04:29 AM   #12
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5 CD's. Pick a mirror from the opensuse website.
 
  


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