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    Free SUSE vs Comercial SUSE


    What is the difference between the

    FREE version of SUSE you can download
    and
    the one you can BUY from www.novell.com

    This is my first Linux, I would prefer not to spend any money… I just bought a new computer (I’m in debt as is)

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    In the grand scheme of things, not much. There is a page dedicated to questions like this on the OpenSuSE website:

    http://en.opensuse.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions

    Basically the big thing you get when you purchase SuSE is support. You get the right to call up Novell and ask for help for a set amount of time (90 days if I remember correctly). You also get printed manuals.
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    So all the plug-ins for Flash/Java etc. I can also download for free? And is it legal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Panda
    So all the plug-ins for Flash/Java etc. I can also download for free? And is it legal?
    Yep, you can download them legally. Some info about how to do this on Suse 10.1 :
    http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/254/42/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Panda
    So all the plug-ins for Flash/Java etc. I can also download for free? And is it legal?
    The Java and flash plug-ins are available for free download and are legal. Where you'll run into trouble (and this is true for both the commercial and free versions as far as I know) is with multimedia codecs. MP3 and DVD codecs are covered under several different licenses and it depends on where you live as to whether it's legal for you to download them.

    The general opinion I've heard (and it's just that, I'm not a lawyer) is that most US residents don't care and they download MP3 and DVD support anyway. The latest version of XMMS (an mp3 playing application similar to WinAmp) contains the ability to play MP3s out of the box, provided you download the package from their website rather than off the Novell SuSE CDs.
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    last question... can anyone link me to a good and up to date download of SUSE in CD (not DVD) format

    there are SO MANY download places out there, i want to make sure I'm getting the best version of the system.

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    hah.. sorry one more

    I have Athlon 64 does it mean i have to use a 64-bit SUSE? that is "x86-64"

    I read so many times that 64 bit SUSE is still unstable in some ways... and I'm a noobie so i don't need extra problems.

    Can i use "x86" instead of "x86-64" and run 32 bit on my Athlon 64 machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Panda
    hah.. sorry one more

    I have Athlon 64 does it mean i have to use a 64-bit SUSE? that is "x86-64"

    I read so many times that 64 bit SUSE is still unstable in some ways... and I'm a noobie so i don't need extra problems.

    Can i use "x86" instead of "x86-64" and run 32 bit on my Athlon 64 machine?

    I would download the 32-bit version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Panda
    hah.. sorry one more

    I have Athlon 64 does it mean i have to use a 64-bit SUSE? that is "x86-64"
    No. You can run 64-bit or 32-bit Linux just fine on an AMD64. I do. In fact, I would recommend you use regular X86 instead of X86_64.
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