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I downloaded the DVD and am trying to either a) upgrade my 9.1 installation or b) install 9.2 fresh on a different partition. The SuSE DVD doesn't want to do either. It wants to install the x86_64 version no matter what I do. I have a AMD64 computer but do not want the 64-bit distro installed.
I did a fresh install of 9.2 on an empty partition thinking I was installing the 32-bit version but I got the 64-bit instead. Problems with the 64-bit distro would fill another thread so I won't go there. Anyway, is it possible to tell the SuSE installer which distro version I want installed?
SuSE released the DVD iso and the mini-install FTP versions of 9.2 Pro this weekend. That's why he has it. It's on many of the mirrors by now, although a number aren't carry it because of the size, so will only have the mini-install iso.
The string you're looking for is:
/i386/9.2/iso/SUSE-Linux-9.2-FTP-DVD.iso (3284710 KB)
Would be interested to know how this is different than the store-bought DVD.
Last edited by Rory in Toronto; 01-09-2005 at 07:04 PM.
"Why would I go out and buy it if the download version doesn't work? Are you implying that the purchased version is somehow installs better?"
Yes, I am. Since you obviously didn't download and burn a full double layered dvd using your computer. You don't have all the software. You've ended up with JUST the 64 bit iso, or with a size limited iso that does not allow you to change the install mode. The purchase version contains both and a fully functional installer as well, it also contains CD's which do not have access to the 64 bit install and would install the 32 bit version.
The FTP iso on the suse site is just a copy of all the freely available packages, and doesnt always work perfectly. After all, suse has no money motavating them to make it install perfectly.
If you do go out to get it, just get the personal edition as its cheaper, install from the cd's. Then add a web source to upgrade your packages after its all working.
And Rory in Toronto, its much, much different from the Purchased DVD especially since its 1/3 the size? You get extra software and features that you have to pay for when you buy the dvd, because some software for linux has licensing requirements and isnt given away for free. You also get more packages and more install features because of the extra packages on the dvd.
The store bought Professional version contains some non-free software, manual, CD's and a DVD. It also includes support for a limited time (60 days worth?). I wouldn't mind buying it except that it costs almost US$200 where I live. I already paid $200 for an OS that I was not pleased with. Not about to do it again.
Sorry Caeda, looks like we were cross posting. Are you saying that the i386 version is not available for download? Check the directory that I linked to above. Why would SuSE put the x86_64 dvd in the i386 directory? Another one of the many mysteries of SuSE?
and it does install easier. If you select all options during install it 6 gigs of stuff, and that's excluding the source. For me there was better Driver support for by Nvidia 6800GT vidcard. It still required more tweeking by running Yast and doing a secondary patch, but it was worth the money vs. all the hours I wasted twiddling with the partial installs offered via download. I am a new devotee to linux but all together new to this OS. I am digging it. Computers are fun again. I only run windows to run adobe PS, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.
Some people think opensource is free and should stay that way. Personally I will pay for programs for linux, especially 64 bit apps. Buying Suse 9.2 Pro was the first time I paid for an OS in my life, directly . no regrets.
This isn't a free vs. paid post - I'm going to sidestep that argument emerging in this thread.
But, on the 9.1 FTP install, you got *everything* you got on the DVD, including commerical packages. I bet the 9.2 FTP install is the same. And yes, I remember it being over six 6gb when I did the full install.
I live in Japan. I believe the distribution of SuSE in this country is controlled by Novell Japan. They have set the price at JPY 20,000 which is about US$200. Here is the link to Amazon Japan who has it sale with a whole 2% discount !