The FTP server continues to operate and has the advantage of "streamlined" installs, permitting the user to download only the packages the user feels they need.
The ISO has the advantages of an easy install package, the ability to operate even if the user's network card does not work "out of the box", and less experience needed (i.e., an inexperienced Linux user may not know whether or not to install a certain package, and the ISO offers several preselected sets of packages).
open SUSE offers a stable base with its open SUSE Leap version.Users that prefer more up-to-date free software can use its rolling release distribution Tumbleweed. Moreover, the flexibility of open SUSE makes it easy to re-purpose for specific goals like running a web- or mail server.The company's ability to sell an open source product was largely due to the closed-source development process used.Although SUSE Linux had always been free software product licensed with the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), it was only freely possible to retrieve the source code of the next release 2 months after it was ready for purchase.Edit 01/07/14: A new minor version of both Android and Plasma been released today, fixing some problems found in the previous 0.7.
The initial release of the community project was a beta version of SUSE Linux 10.0. The community project offers a rolling release version called open SUSE Tumbleweed, which is continuously updated with tested, stable packages.SUSE Linux' strategy was to create a technically superior Linux distribution with the large number of employed engineers, that would make users willing to pay for their distribution in retail stores.Since the acquisition by Novell in 2003 and with the advent of open SUSE, this has been reversed: starting with version 9.2, an unsupported one-DVD ISO image of SUSE Professional was made available for download, as well as a bootable Live DVD evaluation. The focus of its development is creating usable open-source tools for software developers and system administrators, while providing a user-friendly desktop and feature-rich server environment.This is based on the rolling development code base called 'Factory'.And by the way, do you guess how I sent this screenshot from my phone to my laptop?