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Old 10-19-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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SUSE Enterprise 9

First let me say I am mostly a RedHat person, some Debian, slackware, and BSD. I was given a SUSE Enterprise 9 x86 package back in the summer to test with, and I have it currently loaded on an Intel PIII platform in the lab, runs fine, install went ok, etc.

I did the base install which used the first two cd's. I needed Postgresql for our application, so I went back to the YasT control center to add programs. I selected Postgresql, it picked up and showed me the other depencdency packages it needed to install, it did the installation, and I then logged in as postgres, ran the initdb to create the database, loaded our application, it ran, updated the db, and all is well.

Here's my question: In doing the 'uname -a' command I get:

Linux suse9 2.6.5-7.97-default #1 Fri Jul 2 14:21:59 UTC 2004 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

which tells me of course I am running the 2.6 kernel. Now, I have looked in various news and discussion threads, but I can't seem to find what comprises the differences between SUSE 9, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3. I am guessing that there is probably a newer kernel rev in each distro, just like there is in RedHat 3ES update1, 2, and 3 but I have not been able to find a clear cut answer as to what are the significant changes between each SUSE 9 revision, not even on the main page.

Can anyone give me a link out there to answer this question. Thanks!
Old 10-22-2005, 02:58 PM   #2
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SLES9 is Novell's base server class OS, 9.1,9.2,9.3 etc are the desktop version equivalent, although ALL versions of 9 are based on the same code.

Also, there's OES which is basically a bunch of Novell's products (edir,imanager,ifolder etc) bundled with SLES9SP2

Here's Novell's take on the differences..

Nutshell: SLES/OES = server, SuSE9.x and 10.x = desktop

Although you can do practically anything on one that you can do on the other.

Old 10-23-2005, 07:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Dave, I appreciate the info...


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