is SUSE 9.2 the same as SLES9

Posted on 2005-05-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
is SUSE 9.2 the same as SLES9 or 7 or 8 for that matter.

is SUSE 9.2 the client and SLES the server?
Question by:minichicken
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    Suse Linux Enterprise Server or SLES. 9 could be indicative of 9.0,9.1,9.2, or currently 9.3. They (novell) used to list them as suse 9, 9 ES, and 9 AS(or maybe redhat did the AS). Now they show desktop and sles. If you are trying to identify a copy you have, browse the disk with windows. There should be a readme somewhere in there.
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    SLES 9 is an enterprise class distribution.  It has things like more scalability (esp. SMP-wise).
    SuSE 9.2 is an end-user distribution.

    SLES 9 is NOT the same as SuSE 9.2, although they come from the same code-base.

    SuSE 9.2 can be the client & SLES 9 can be the server
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    its actually Oracle on Linux that is my question now.

    does SUSE 9.2 run Oracle because i know that SLES 7,8,9 can.
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    SUSE Professional (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, etc) is not a server OS. Its a desktop/workstation OS. You might equate it to the Solaris "End-User" or "Developer" configurations. It is geared more towards being a client.

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (aka SLES, presently at v9) is a server OS. Its geared towards running stuff like Oracle.

    However, both products share the same codebase. In general, what runs on one can run on the other.

    Where they differ more is in terms of SUPPORT. You are not going to get support from Novell on using SUSE Professional 9.2 as an Oracle DB server. You will get support from Novell on using SLES 9 as an Oracle DB server. That is the major difference from the perspective you've given.
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    More clarification: SLES 9 = Open Enterprise Server. That is, if you install Open Enterprise Server (Linux kernel) and simply omit the Novell-specific services/packages (e.g. eDirectory, Novell Storage Services aka NSS, Novell Cluster Services aka NCS, Novell Distributed Print Services aka NDPS, etc), then what you have is SLES 9.
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    Oracle might be running on SUSE 9.2 but if you really want it to run at its full strength and u want full scalability then better run it on SLES 9
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    If your question is about installing ORACLE, you can install it on almost any distro that has a supported kernel.
    I got it installed on RedHat9, Fedora Core 3, Mandrake 9.2 (and 10.1).

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