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SLED has KDE there as an option and, while it is not the default, I have
always installed it and used the KDE apps I like within Gnome, though I
could just as easily (and have before) login with the full KDE
environment. Defaulting to Gnome does not preclude KDE with SLE anymore
than it does for OpenSUSE’s defaults. This is one (of many) reason(s)
that I like SUSE distros… an abundance of choice.
Regarding support, well, I’m not in charge of that. I never ran the
community versions of SUSE before 11.1 and that I only run for limited
things (my wife’s laptop, an OpenVZ server I am tinkering with, and random
duplications for customers). Most that I’ve heard back on this front have
wanted to upgrade by the time eighteen months have passed anyway
considering the rate of change in Linux currently. Just from 11.1 to 11.2
KDE has gone from a fairly-painful 4.1 (I think) to 4.3 which appears to
be significantly better, and the pre-release stuff on 4.4 is also looking
great. I understand the standpoint of wanting support for longer periods
of time (I work in Support after all) and I imagine changes limiting
support are done to help decrease demands on testing resources.
> Now that the support period for OpenSuSE has been reduced to 18 months,
> I have an increasing number of machines that are outside support. I can
> understand that, but why throw away the rpm’s??
> I can understand it, Novell want people to buy enterprise editions. The
> problem with enterprise editions is that they are targetted at, well,
> enterprises, and not Linux professionals. To name one of those things:
> SLED has a fixed GNOME desktop, not really what a Linux professional
> I’m a loyal SuSE customer, I have boxes of 5.3, 6.0, 6.1, 6.3, 7.1,
> 8.0, 8.2, 9.1 9.2, 10.1. They were great, and had great 3 years support.
> Well, not for 10.1, which was ****, when contacting Novell it came down
> to “Go away, use OpenSuSE, we don’t need your money anymore.” So I used
> The consequences are this **** situation that users must be pestered
> away into enterprise distributions, and one of those measures is
> throwing the RPM’s away. Which is darn frustrating, as it prevents you
> doing your own support.
> Think about it, money is not the issue. I would be more than happy to
> pay the +/- 100 euros a SuSE Linux Professional did cost for some
> extended support period.
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