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Old 05-29-2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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Question So Is Suse Free?

Suse looks like a really cool distro of linux, but I can't figure out if it's free! OpenSuse seems to be free, while on the official Suse site, I can't find a free download of it! Are they the same thing? Do they look the same?

Any insight on this would be very helpful! Thanks
Old 05-29-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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This may help

browsing the Novell site is somehow strange as i had the same problem before
use the download link from the left list NOT the upper one and then it will be easy to reach the download page

I hope that can help you...

Last edited by AGazzaz; 05-29-2006 at 01:13 PM.
Old 05-29-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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There are three versions of SUSE. Note: version 10.1 has been reported to be a little buggy still, so for a newbie, I strongly suggest sticking with version 10.0.

1. OpenSUSE is all open source. No proprietary software. It is free, but I think you can only download versions 10.1 or 10.2 (currently pre alpha). OpenSUSE is meant to be cutting edge.

2. Eval SUSE includes some proprietary, but freely distributed software. (RealPlayer, Acrobat Reader, etc.) It is also free, and in spite of the name "eval," there is no time limit.

You can download open and eval versions starting at this page:

It requires making some choices based on your computer (PC, Mac, etc.) and processor (32-bit, 64-bit, etc.).

3. Retail SUSE includes more software, both open source and proprietary. This is the one you have to pay for (about $60.00 US). If you want the full laundry list of options, this is the way to go. Additionally, purchasing the retail version entitles you to some support by Novell (maybe not a whole lot better than you get here, but you can get some information by phone) and a thick user's guide, which I have found quite handy.
Old 05-29-2006, 01:18 PM   #4
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There is 2 ver of Suse. The box version (the one that U have to pay for) comes with manual book and support (from Novell enterprise). It also has lot more of software.

Free Suse is not so rich in packages as box ver, but you can download extra rpms and install them.

You can get SuSe 10.1 from this site
Old 05-29-2006, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thank you very much Cleared it up. I apologize, probably should have looked around a bit more before asking :P

Torrenting the 64bit DVD 10.1 as we speak Can't wait!
Old 05-29-2006, 02:29 PM   #6
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Maybe this will help someone..


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