Re: Does suse distribute official retail versions in dvd boxes?
From: noname (noaddress_at_no.mail)
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 00:41:23 +0100
Kevin Nathan wrote:
>>I think it is stupid of SuSE to call it upgrade versions and the way
>>they distibute it.
> It's called "Upgrade" because it's missing some of the books -- which
> is also why it's cheaper. If you are a first time Linux user you
> should *not* be buying the Upgrade because you will not have all the
> books you might need to get you going in it. "Upgrade" implies that
> you have a running Linux system, or at least know Linux. Off the top
> of my head, I can't think of a better title for it, maybe you can. :-)
The way the SuSE upgrade version is distributed (missing some of the
books), does not make it the best type of SuSE for Linux starters. I
agree, although other operating systems like MS also are not distributed
with books and the installation on a fresh system is not as complicated
as a few years back. Beside this: why should starters start with the
professional edition? It could be good to have this type distributed
without tempting information for the new users to buy it rather then the
professional boxed edition with the books.
But I don't think it is a good thing this is accomplished by the
confusing information. The word 'Upgrade' makes it clear this type can
be used to upgrade from the previous versions, but it does not make it
clear at all it can also to be used as full version for professional
Linux users who don't need those books.
I agree the name upgrade should be the main name on this type, but SuSE
should also make it clear on the outside of the box (not with labels) it
can also be used by advanced users to as a full version.
And the upgrade box should have a different colour/layout.
>>I think the way SuSE distributes the upgrade version is
>>not good for sales and getting SuSE or even Linux in the mainstream.
>>People don't trust it because of the confusing information on the
>>boxes and they don't want to buy the 'real' version since there are
>>two prices for the full version.
> As opposed to what? Windows' clarity in packaging? Windows' single
> price every where you look? Yeah, right! :-)
Opposed to clear information on the SuSE boxes. They dont want to buy
because they want the cheapest box, but do not dare to buy the cheap box
because they are not sure what to get and why there is a different
price. Because af the confusing message the label and boxes send out
they often do not buy the personal version eighter.
There is no need for single price and Windows clarity. But the recent
professional upgrade box and the professional box with books already are
like the windows clarity packaging unfortunately.
But I have hope for SuSE 10.