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openSUSE 11.2 and its retail box

December 10th, 2009 by

Retail versions of openSUSE 11.2 are once again available. For the first time, the retail box is being handled by a partner, open-slx.

open-slx is founded and lead by Stefan Werden, a former SUSE employee who approached Novell this summer and proposed to take on the retail box distribution in the future. After some negotiation Stefan signed a contract with Novell and is now allowed to pursue the  retail box on his own. With openSUSE 11.2 open-slx’s main goal is to keep the retail box alive and improve sales of openSUSE in the retail market.

With openSUSE 11.3 open-slx has declared an interest in adding value to the box product so that there is a real difference between free download version and box in retail to purchase.

The retail box has been modified to match the required shelf format. You’ll notice that the box is now the size of a standard DVD retail box, rather than the larger form factor it previously had. Other than that literally everything stays the same – retail box comes with a Start-up manual and includes email and phone installation support.

Currently the retail box is on sale in some EMEA retail shops (mostly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria), plus SUSEshop.de and on Sale at Amazon UK. Open-slx is working to set up a web shop for North America as well but is still facing some challenges — mainly because the company does this task out of Germany and is not an US entity.

In addition to selling the retail box, open-slx is supporting the openSUSE community by paying Rupert Horstkoetter to help improve the openSUSE wiki and forums. We’re glad to have a community focused company embracing openSUSE and providing continuity to openSUSE in the retail market.

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7 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 and its retail box”

  1. Are you gonna send boxes to contributors this year too?

  2. 6205

    Just give me some unboxing gallery

  3. Xil

    Best of luck with this new venture Stefan

  4. Carlos

    Don’t forget: the main value added to boxes are STICKERS! (and the printed manual)

  5. Florian

    I think, you should add some commercial software to the retail versions, e.g the fluendo DVD player (in cooperation with fluendo).

  6. Vince Goetsch

    Might I suggest a boxed sets alternative? How about selling just the 90 days support and maybe a 1 yr support option, for those who would like the support but are green, uninterested in boxes or more likely too impatient to wait for a box ;)

    Perhaps a mp3 etc. support package for those who would like to be free and pure OpenSuse, but will bend in favor of functionality that can truly be trusted as SAFE/AUDITED. As it is, I think it is safe to say that it is commonly known known that too many folks trash their install or compromise security using the repositories to get DVD, MP3 etc running as it stands. So, maybe some form of reasonably priced options for extended and security audited/supported audio, video etc. stuff…?

    Personally, my client base wants SOHO ability. I have been working on this since 1999 with varied success, but have wearied from instabilities and lacks. When someone makes it possible to replace/move/keep their Quickbooks, CAD and Dreamweaver and a few other business type programs without the headaches of Virtual, Wine and all that is not across the board not quite ready for prime-time, that would be a good day indeed!

    Thanks!

    EVG

  7. WH Fellows

    I just hope that 11.2 in box will be available in NA. I am long overdue at 10.2, so many things are way behind. A suse user since 1999 and Unixware since 1992 I hope that Suse lives on and remains reasonably priced. hurry please