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    Question OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    I have to use opensuse 11 - 2 or 3 years, on my home PC and on my work PC (i'm 3d disigner and VFX artist)

    But sometimes i have to see some advertisements about SLED - Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop.

    I have a simple question:

    What main difference between openSUSE and SLED ? What i can get with SLED ? May be SLED is for windows-users who want simplified way to try linux?

    Can i get some advantage with SLED ? What is the benefit ?
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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    • SLED has a very long release cycle
    • it has fewer applications (programs) than openSUSE
    • you can get direct support if you pay for it
    • it has fewer bugs than openSUSE
    • it costs about $350 per year more than openSUSE (which costs nothing)
    • it's more expensive than windows I suppose, never thought of that before


    In summary, there's not a compelling reason to have it if you're not an "enterprise" sized business/department.

    No doubt plenty of ppl will say different.
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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    it has fewer applications (programs) than openSUSE
    - bad..

    as i understand - the most major SLED points - is the consulting and support ?
    This is not home solution, but for business scheme, and SLED mean acting from support-side ?

    And OpenSUSE - is a mostly flexible and open solution for home?
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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    swerdna wrote:
    > - it costs about $350 per year more than openSUSE (which costs
    > nothing)

    Sorry for the correction, but this seems to be the price for SLES (around
    250 Euro) not SLED, the Desktop version you can get from Novell for about
    50$/year or somewhat cheaper for if you subscribe for 3 years 135$ =
    45$/year.

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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    swerdna wrote:
    > - it costs about $350 per year more than openSUSE (which costs
    > nothing)

    Sorry for the correction, but this seems to be the price for SLES (around
    250 Euro) not SLED, the Desktop version you can get from Novell for about
    50$/year or somewhat cheaper for if you subscribe for 3 years 135$ =
    45$/year.

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    Thanks for the correction -- SLED is cheaper then, didn't know that. If a user keeps it for maybe 3 years it's on a par with windows in cost, good pricing level then.
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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by live_fx View Post
    - bad..

    as i understand - the most major SLED points - is the consulting and support ?
    This is not home solution, but for business scheme, and SLED mean acting from support-side ?

    And OpenSUSE - is a mostly flexible and open solution for home?
    Yes there is excellent support for SLED, at a cost of course, but they also have free forums like here. And there is equally good support for openSUSE for the user who likes to come here and other Net places for support.

    BTW I hope there are other opinions coming here than just mine -- I don't have much personal experience with SLED. Also maybe you should ask the same question over in the SLED forum too.
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    Default AW: Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    I do not think that we can differ here simply between home use and enterprise use. It depends on the requirements of the user. It may well be that someone wants a long term solution even for the private home use and has not so much interest in the packages available for openSUSE which are not available for SLED. Packman also supports SLED to a certain degree and the OBS too. So it comes all down to what someone wants.
    The easiest solution is to check it by downloading the 60 day evaluation of SLED and see if it is worth the extra money. I did that some time ago and came to the conclusion that for me openSUSE is the better choice even for business use. Someone else has different requirements and can come to the conclusion that SLED is better even for home use.
    And sorry but I forgot to add the link for the prices
    Buy Linux | SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    scroll down that page to see the different prices for basic, standard and priority support. Basic is in principle installation support and forum support plus the updates.

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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    Thanks for the replies. I was interested in the opinions of openSUSE users about SLED. It is interesting to compare. The fact that another set of packages - is disappointing. Trial period - I've have downloaded, just before installing the doubt - I need it or not.
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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    On 06/05/2011 02:36 PM, swerdna wrote:
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    > If a user keeps it for maybe 3 years it's on a par with windows in cost,
    > good pricing level then.
    >


    except for the fact that SLEDs cost includes everything most folks
    _need_...so nothing more is _required_ to keep out the viruses,
    keyloggers etc, nor for office apps, etc..

    when i got this little machine i was offered a "special price" of only
    $50 a year for McAffee anti-something... so, SLED is only the cost of
    the first required add on...

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    Default Re: OpenSUSE and SLED 11 - what difference?

    Once i used sled11(it comes with my Hp laptop).i installed it.but i don't have any idea how to use that.i don't know how to make that os for home use.because i can't get any sound from my speaker,can't connect to my wireless network.simply can't do anything.i came to this forum.forum members asked me to try Opensuse.after a month i downloaded and installed Opensuse on my machine.it is working good and i have no problem with that.if any problem I'll post a thread in this forum and gets solution in minutes.

    I love Opensuse and it's forum.

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