On Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:06:01 GMT
bobpaul <bobpaul@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:

>
> malcolmlewis;2137883 Wrote:
> > On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:36:02 GMT
> > bobpaul <bobpaul@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Finally, I can't seem to find information about the duration of
> > > support/updates. A RHEL install appears to be supported upwards
> > > of 10 years, depending on the support contract purchased. If I
> > > install SLED 11.1 now and pay $50 annually, how long before I'm
> > > required to update to 11.2? Or rather, how long before the 11.1
> > > security updates and software repos are turned off?
> > >

> >
> > When you pay for the basic support, you can upgrade at anytime to
> > the next release(s) as long as you have an active license.
> >
> > The lifetime is here (Just enter SuSE Linux and wait for the
> > listing); 'Novell Support | Support Lifecycle'
> > (http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/)

>
> Thanks for that, Malcom! For those coming later via search engines, I
> also found 'SUSE Long Term Support Pack'
> (http://www.suse.com/support/programs...k-support.html)
> page. It looks like you're "encouraged to" upgrade to new service
> packs within 6mo of their release, so the date on the lifecycle page
> labelled end of life is for the latest service pack in a series only
> (ie, 31 July 2016 for SLED 10.4, not for SLED 10.3, 10.1, etc). But
> if you need a specific service pack for longer (eg: 10.1), you can
> get Long Term Support Packs for up to 5 years in 1yr increments. The
> lifecycle page lists when service packs were released, so you can
> calculate off of that.
>
>

Correct, encouraged AFAIK you just don't upgrade (move to next SP
patch) and you will continue to get updates in the relevant channel as
long as you have a valid subscription.

I'm just a home user and I've been running SLED since 2006 buying the 3
year license which the first time was US$75.00 the last one was US$105
so for me only US$30/year I did also purchase the fluendo codec
bundle, but now packman is online for SLE or follow user mikewillie's
Cool Solution multimedia can be fairly painless.

I do run SLED on this desktop, but spend most of my time in GNOME 3.0
on openSUSE. SLED also runs on my ASUS 1000HE netbook and it works
flawlessly I also run a SLES11 SP1 server on a small system running
a VIA C7 cpu which is my web, ifolder and media server.

--
Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.4 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.37.6-0.7-desktop
up 3 days 3:21, 4 users, load average: 0.20, 0.17, 0.15
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 280.13