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    hcbosman NNTP User

    Default Obtaining openSUSE 11 free

    Good day to everyone here from South Africa!

    It is good to see the lovely look that the combined forums now have. I am writing with regards to the impending release of openSUSE 11. I lived in the UK for three and half years and I got into Linux through the wonderful openSUSE and I have used it ever since as my distro of choice. I used to download the latest versions through bittorrent, but now I no longer have the means to obtain the full DVD that I used to download. Due to very stringent bandwidth caps in South Africa, I am unable to download everything I need, so I have a few questions to ask:

    First off, if I download the CD version of SUSE, how much more will I need to download to in order to get what I normally install - the basics really - the O/S along with KDE, multimedia, laptop packages and a few other programs along with Bibletime. My bandwidth cap is 2GB a month and that is it. I don't have the capability to do much else.

    I know that you can buy the boxed version with printed media and the full tootie for about 50 odd Euros, but you have to understand that that is a lot of money in our currency - about R600, which I don't have - the cost of living here is incredibly high due to the high exchange rate, so can any recommend to me where to get the DVD at a far lower price - I don't need the printed stuff. I would love to own the boxed version of openSUSE, but the shipping would also kill me.

    So can anyone suggest what to do?

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    IMHO you should try to lay your hands on a burned CD/DVD. I would not be able to survive with the downloaded CD, without significantly more downloads. There are web sites that offer privately burned copies of distributions on CD/DVDs for a very low price. You could surf the web and try to find one of those sites.

    When it comes to updating your multimedia, you could wait and hope user nucleuskore creates a series of ZIP packages for openSUSE-11.0 (much like he did for 10.3). Note nucleuskore took the relevant multimedia Packman packages for openSUSE-10.3, put them in ZIP files for 32-bit (and another one for 64-bit), so that can be downloaded offline, and installed on openSUSE PCs that don't have internet. This is also useful for users with bandwidth limitations, who can then go to an Internet cafe, or other organization, where they can briefly access some one else's bandwidth, copy to USB, and then copy on one's openSUSE for subsequent installation of 1st rate multimedia.

    For example, for openSUSE-10.3 users:
    * here is the package (possibly only for openSUSE-10.3 32-bit users, ... I'm not sure):
    Opensuse 10.3 (32-bit) Kde & Gnome - Some Packages+dependencies, M - openSUSE Forums

    * here is an older package for openSUSE-10.3 64-bit users:
    Opensuse 10.3 X86_64 (KDE & Gnome) April 2008 - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: Obtaining openSUSE 11 free

    First off, if I download the CD version of SUSE, how much more will I need to download to in order to get what I normally install - the basics really - the O/S along with KDE, multimedia, laptop packages and a few other programs along with Bibletime. My bandwidth cap is 2GB a month and that is it. I don't have the capability to do much else.
    If you know for sure which desktop you want to use, you'll get pretty much everything out of a liveCD install. For sure you have to download some applications additionally, but I guess you should not exceed your 2GB bandwidth cap.

    Hope that helps!

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    lol, you beat me in a few minutes!

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    Buy a pressed DVD from a duplicator. You can find some links at distrowatch.com. Or ask your local LUG if somebody can do you a favour and burn you a copy. You will appreciate having the physical media. You can install multiple times without worrying you are eating up your byte allowance.

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    In the past I've used CheapBytes, they've offered media at decent prices and shipping options appropriate for the overall expense budget you have.

    CheapBytes -- Welcome

    Hope this helps.

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    hcbosman NNTP User

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    Thanks for the replies. It helps a lot!

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    hey man I too from south africa and pretty noob when it come to the suse but did notice a local mirror site and they have packed in to a rar file and only takes 340 megs. this should ok to download even for us Data striken SA people. the site is
    Index of /distribution
    ... now for my problem and a show of my noob skills maybe you can help how do I write I dvd from a rar file ?? how is this possible

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    * mineer,

    we don't provide support in the chitchat forum, sorry. Please ask in the install/boot/login forum.

    Uwe

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    noted thanks any way

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