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Old 02-22-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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Difference between Retail and Free SuSe

I am very curious as to what the difference is between the retail and free versions of SuSE professional and personal are. I mean i checked in PC World and the Retail SuSE professional 9.2 was 69.99.

Someone told me that there is no difference between the free and retail you are simply giving the money to support the makers. Is this definitely true. If so 70 just for support is a bit excessive in my opinon.

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The free versions exclude certain packages (commercial and copywrited); in other words, a bit stripped-down. I don't know which packages are excluded, but the free version is probably 90% or more of the retail version, which is licensed to include the otherwise excluded packages.
Old 02-23-2005, 07:30 AM   #3
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I don't know for sure but I thought that you also get some comprehansive manuals with the retail version? can probably give you the answers you're looking for.
Old 02-23-2005, 10:13 AM   #4
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The retail version contains 5 cd's, 2 dvd's and the user and administration manuals.
As a newbie I found this very convenient and well worth the money,
especially since you get a code which entitles you to free help from the suse people,
at least for a certain period (3 months if i'm correct).


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