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Re: [SLE] new v9.2 is out
  • From: David Krider <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004 06:31:45 -0500
  • Message-id: <1097148705.19725.14.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 2004-10-07 at 11:09 +0100, Fergus Wilde wrote:
> On Thursday 07 October 2004 10:27, Greg Wallace wrote:
> > Yeah. It seems like you barely get one installed before the next one is
> > out.
> Take your point, but in fact there's no pressure to upgrade for a year or two.
> The main aim is that new buyers get the red-hot new stuff.

> I've only just upgraded my workstation 8.2 install, and that's only because I
> felt like it. 8.2 and no doubt earlier still work, and continue to be
> provided with official patches for a decent interval after they are replaced.
> Can you imagine the whining and wailing on this list if they *didn't* do
> regular latest-and-greatest releases?

According to SuSE's normal policy, 8.2 should be getting end-of-life'd
in the near future. It's been 2 years since it's release, and I'm sure
they're just waiting for the natural uptake on 9.2 to make the

I hit upon SuSE at just the right time, after getting disgusted with Red
Hat's direction. I started with 8.2, which is a great distro all the way
around. But now that it's been a couple years, I'd been planning on
upgrading all my servers to 9.2, to keep current with patches.
(Unfortunately, this means testing the lower limitations of memory on at
least one machine.)

In the process of waiting, I finally installed ULB Gnome, just to get
some new eye candy. I like having the new stuff on my desktop. Enough
so, that I've tried Gentoo a couple times, but it always hangs up
somewhere in the process, and I don't want to fool with it enough to
work through those situations. So, I buy every new version of SuSE to
keep as current as possible. Even though just buying the "upgrade"
versions works out to a total cost greater than Windows over the life of
the product (not "of ownership" - that's a different discussion), that
money is worthwhile to me so that I can 1) keep fairly current with FOSS
in general, and 2) have someone else do the difficult work of getting it
all to play nice together (for the great majority of the time).


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