I pre-ordered mine! … looking forward to stable DVD media and documentation… Also, loved the DARK look of the boxed version, really cool. Not my first purchase of official SuSE/openSUSE… I mostly keep current with downloads of the distro’s, however I like to contribute and show my appreciation and support by purchasing the “commercial” versions time to time and when there are major changes… especially when the box is black!
Everyone else out there… if you haven’t purchased a SuSE/openSUSE product in the past, or haven’t (pre)-ordered the latest 11.0, I highly recommend doing so. Show your support, and get the software product that isn’t only cool to run, but LOOKS cool in box/packaging and on your shelf too!
I was keen to buy this, had been waiting through 10.3 for 11 (because of 10.3’s broken repair facility). I chose the standard/cheapest international freight. By the time I had finished ordering, no frills, defaults only, the delivered price had gone from the advertised $60 to $107. I know Novell are a corporation with responsibilities to shareholders, BUT a hike of 80% on the advertised price due to hidden costs was just plain disappointing. So I aborted the order.
I’ve got a healthy level of cynicism because I’ve lived quite a while, but it’s still possible to take me by surprise.
> Everyone else out there… if you haven’t purchased a SuSE/openSUSE
> product in the past, or haven’t (pre)-ordered the latest 11.0, I highly
> recommend doing so. Show your support, and get the software product that
> isn’t only cool to run, but LOOKS cool in box/packaging and on your
> shelf too!
The last box version I bought was for 10.1…and boy did I get screwed on
that one. The rubbish updater was enough to make me skip the next two
iterations (I was buying each new release). I figure they’ve lost enough
money from me on that one, maybe I’ll consider buying 11.
But, unfortunately, I don’t have the money right now to buy the commercial version. I support the community, and appriecate all the work that the OpenSUSE Staff have done to make 11.0, but I’m going to have to be cheap and pay $0.10 for a DVD.
I didn’t know it cost so much to ship a simple box overseas… from USA to Australia? (looks like you’re from Oz land) Maybe the wacked out price of fuel everywhere has something to do with that shrug … Fortunately for me I was able to get next-day flight delivery very cheap.
Doesn’t Novell have any offices in Australia that they can ship product/boxes or pieces-to-be-assembled to? oh well… at least openSUSE is really still free, and all you’re really missing is a groovy looking box/package, pre-printed docs, DVD’s you don’t have to burn yourself, and some included official phone/mail support (which, since the nature of openSUSE is what it is, isn’t a huge loss… the community is pretty loyal and tight!)
And oh yeah… here’s to hoping there aren’t any big fubar’d functionality (re: previous non-working rescue/repair, etc) for this release! Cheers!
I consider purchasing every openSUSE version just one small part of my contribution to the open Source / Free Software movement. I’ve purchased almost every SuSE release since 7.3, and I have not always installed it. I’m not saying everyone should do this, … this is simply my way of in part doing this contribution …
I definitely did not see an 80% price hike. …
I’ll also likely download openSUSE-11.0 GM version when available, and seed it. Last time (for 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3) I seeded from 10x to 20x the bandwidth that I downloaded (again, a small part of my contribution to the open source / free software movement).
Hmm i tried to make an fake order to Australia from the novell Website- could not pull through though - because i am not in Australia.
It gave me the Price from 60 US-$ + 12 US $ Shipping
When i switched to AUD it was 80 AUD + 17.68 AUD Shipping.
Maybe that was what you were seeing + an evt. Credit Card Fee from Your Credit Card Issuer?
Because otherwise i cant think of anything which could cause this Pricespike.
Maybe just have look what it was it should be listed - because i do not think it is intentional.
OK I went through it twice again for a closer look using USD and AUD. The USD is $US79.15 and AUD is $AU107.45.
Probably a cultural difference is that in Oz the price quoted is the real price from the wallet, not the pre-tax price. So immediately my hackles would go up blinding me to thinking about it. So lets do it again on the post tax price ratio of 107.45/79.15 = 135%. The dollar exchange ratio in Oz currently is US/AU = 105% so that doesn’t explain 135%.
It must then come down to either a credit card charge or an erroneous exchange rate. So I’ll try to do a different form of billing and see what happens there, or maybe buy a CD from USA or something and see if the same 35% surcharge is applied to something outside Novell. Maybe that will show it to be a visa markup, but it looks too big for even them to dare.
> It must then come down to either a credit card charge or an erroneous
> exchange rate. So I’ll try to do a different form of billing and see
> what happens there, or maybe buy a CD from USA or something and see if
> the same 35% surcharge is applied to something outside Novell. Maybe
> that will show it to be a visa markup, but it looks too big for even
> them to dare.
The price in Canadian dollars is /higher/ than it is in USD, and their dollar is
worth more than ours. Something hinky goes on when it crosses that national border
Cheap backup software, the bane of my existence