[clug] Re: SuSE Live DVD

Basil Chupin blchupin at tpg.com.au
Mon Feb 14 10:39:35 GMT 2005

Rodney Peters wrote:
> I have not seen March APC, but the version on Linux Format is the 1.3 GB live 
> DVD - not the 5GB + of binaries which comprise the full 32 bit distro.  The 
> live DVD is also downloadable and still a useful demo.  A point to watch.
> Rod
>  On Sunday 13 February 2005 23:00, linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
>>On 11/02/2005, at 10:09 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>>For those who may be interested, v9.2 of SuSE is on the DVD (bootable)
>>>which comes with the March issue of APC magazine (now at the
>>>Hint: If going out to buy it, take out the DVD and have a good look at
>>>it for scratches etc. before buying.
>>For those with Telstra ADSL connections, the DVD ISO is available on
>>http://files.bigpond.com/. The DVD on there is the one off the SuSE FTP
>>site and includes both x86 and x86_64 installers. I've run it up on
>>both architectures and it works well.

The SuSE 9.2 on the  DVD with the March issue of APC is 3.3Gb big and 
not the 1.3Gb you mention.

Having said that, the APC version is deficient but I cannot tell how 
many of the apps in SuSE official release version have been left out- I 
do know that the bits that I am interested in (v4l-tools, tvtime, and 
some games) are not there. Of course, one can download the missing bits 
from the ftp site but one needs to arm oneself with a list of 
dependencies for each app. before trying to download them this way.

After I posted my original msg I had another look at the blurb APC wrote 
about the copy of v9.2 on the DVD and concluded that they are either 
sloppy in what they say or simply telling a porkie. I quote what is 
written on p8 of the mag.:

"The version on this DVD - known as the FTP version - is almost 
identical to Novell's commercial package. The only difference is that it 
doesn't come with manuals and official Novell support."


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