the easiest way to get a stable open SUSE system would be to save your data to an off machine location and do a format install of 11.4--careful, if yours is a desktop-less, or headless server you are gonna be (probably) disapointed to learn that open SUSE 11.4 is *not* your daddy's Su SE 9.2 the default install of 11.4 with will be a full-up desktop machine with either KDE, Gnome, LXDE or other GUI....a server install is possible, of course, but you have select that during install...see: 5, to have a full up server you must select "Other" and then . and, you might note that the service life of open SUSE is far shorter (see: than that of the enterprise version SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (see: (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar) :-P But it has to be explained, there are limitations: - It can not be done in one big step. come to think of it, there _may_ be a smooth easy upgrade path from SUSE Linux 9.2 Professional to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server version 11, check it out at novell.com/linux and in their fora at forums.let us know what your needs are if you intend to use open SUSE.. If I remember correctly, the term "professional" meant the paid DVD vs the downloaded install. - It can not be done "live": that is certainly not supported. - The support is "past tense" for some of the steps. If you are skipping one or more service packs, check the release notes of the skipped service packs as well.
I am thinking of this approach because there is no direct upgrade path from SLES 10 SP2 -to- SLES 11 SP2.
New major versions are released at an interval of 24–36 months, while minor versions (called service packs) are released every 9–12 months.
SUSE Linux Enterprise products, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, receive much more intense testing than the open SUSE community product, with the intention that only mature, stable versions of the included components will make it through to the released enterprise product.
The current version is SLED 12, which is developed from a common codebase with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and other SUSE Linux Enterprise products.
SLED includes Evolution 2.6 and many other popular open source packages as well as some proprietary software such as Adobe Reader and Real Player.