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I have suse 9.2 but they have open office 2.0 for suse 9.3.  

How to do I keep up to date  without shelling out 50$ about three times a year for the new product?  If we are going to play this, I will go back to gentoo !!!


I do not want to "break" the distro but downloading sourse.  I paid to just do packages and if I wanted to download and compile, I would have done slack for FREE!!  

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You can download or install SuSE online, you don't have to buy the product packaged anymore. With Yast you can also keep it uptodate.

If that is what you mean...
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down load it from where ?

I can get the stock packages ( old package )
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From the novell site, but there are also mirrors which host many other linux distros, you might find one close to you. Or have a look at http://linuxiso.org

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I was sort of hopeing to use suse package  to keep the distro original.  I did pay $ for it.

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What you payed the $ for is mainly to allow you to get support from novell (I believe you have to visit a certain page on the novell site and then register and enter the registration number you have for your package). That should work with updated versions of SuSE you downloaded as well, but it'll be limited to a certain number of days after registration. Another thing you payed for is the paperwork, also this is helpfull with newer versions.
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Many of my questions can be answered at:

news://support-forums.novell.com/novell.support.suse.linux.professional

The problem is that I can not seem to hook up to it.   Because it is 'news:"  I tried to find it in my groups in my news reader and it does not show up.  Do I have to belong to a special news server ?  

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Check the following link for instructions:

http://support.novell.com/forums/faq_nntp.html

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Oh, I forgot about this question.  I called Suse and they have an "upgrade" from one version to another as long as it is 1 step ( 9 to 10 ).  

You have to purchase the package each time and there is not anything such as a "media upgrade" so you have to purchase the distro and the books.  Suse wants 60$ plus shipping or the cheapest place you can upgrade is amazon.com where you can get it for 55$ and free shipping.  

Xp is over 100$ and you get it 1 time.  Suse is 60$ and you get it more often.  Suse also includes pretty much everything you would need on a non-gaming computer such as an office package, webserver, database etc.  Everyting you purchase Suse, that is 60$ that is giving m$ comptition and sue 10 really is pretty much the sweetest point and click distro out there.  A problem with suse is that you do so much "mouse-ersise" that you have to work not to loose your linux skills.  

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