Re: SuSe License Agreement?
From: imotgm (imotgm_REMOVE_at_invalid-yahoo.com)
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 22:01:46 GMT
On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 16:32:54 -0400, Terry Nicholls (In2Blues) wrote:
> On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 09:05:54 +0000, imotgm wrote:
>> On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 01:38:50 +0000, James Knott wrote:
>>> In 9.0, there was a couple of things missing, including Yast. I'm not sure
>>> if that still holds with 9.1, as Yast has now been released to GPL.
>> Yast has never been missing from any Suse version, as it is necessary to
>> install and update the distro. Only a few commercial demos are missing,
>> and they can be d/l'd from their respective web sites. Everything that is
>> from Suse, and included in the pro version, is available in the free
>> download. Only the dead tree manuals, and the installation support are
>> missing. The manuals are included in pdf, or html form, as part of the
> Let me get this straight. SUSE 9.1 Personal has everything Professional
> does except the commercial stuff and manuals?
No, Personal is a stripped down version of the distro. It does, however,
contain Yast, as do all versions of Suse. The ftp mirrors are essentially
the same as Pro, with the mentioned exceptions. By changing the "Source of
Installation" in Yast, to point to a mirror ftp site, as in;
Add -> FTP -> Server Name; mirror.mcs.anl.gov/ # note the ending /
Directory on Server; pub/ftp.suse.com/i386/9.1
Select "Install and Remove Software"
you can now install any of the apps, on the mirror, to your "Personal" and
effectively bring it up to the level of "Professional". You are not
entitled to any support, from Suse, but the OS on your machine will
essentially be Suse 9.1 Professional. This includes all of the development
apps, needed to compile from source, if you choose to install them, Gnome,
any servers that you may want, or whatever else you wish to install.
The above example, is for the Chicago mirror, and is only an example.
Choose the mirror that is closest to you, or from experience, is the
fastest to d/l, via your connection. On some distros, I've found the
fastest servers to be little used servers in Poland, or Austria. YMMV.
> I downloaded the Personal ISO (which I'm happily using) and have been
> thinking of trashing Windows (why not, it does it to me all the time) and
> installing Linux as the main OS. Can I do this with the one CD of
> Personal? Someone told me that Professional was 5 CD's. Can I actually
> use Personal and simply download the few "missing" programs that I want to
> use instead of getting Professional? That would be great if I could. The
> faster I can get rid of Windows the better.
As stated above, yes, but the few "missing" programs, is in fact, a lot of
programs. This is a good way to test Suse Pro, to see if it fits your
needs. If so, I would also recommend that, when the next release of Suse
comes out, you actually purchase a copy of the Professional boxed set. It
is well worth the price, and the dead tree manuals are a great help, if
for some reason you are not able to boot your system, and need answers to
do so. They also have much useful information on individual apps, that's
easier to follow than having to refer to the online versions.
I have Suse 9.1 Pro, but have set up a mirror, as installation source, as
it is quicker than digging up the CD's and shuffling them around, to add
any new apps, that I did not install when I did the original setup.