Is it really necessary to throw away rpm's??

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Hello, Now that the support period for OpenSuSE has been reduced to 18 months, I have an increasing number of machines that are outside support. I can understand that, but why throw away the rpm's?? I can understand it, Novell want people to buy enterprise editions. The problem with enterprise editions is that they are targetted at, well, enterprises, and not Linux professionals. To name one of those things: SLED has a fixed GNOME desktop, not really what a Linux professional wants. I'm a loyal SuSE customer, I have boxes of 5.3, 6.0, 6.1, 6.3, 7.1, 8.0, 8.2, 9.1 9.2, 10.1. They were great, and had great 3 years support. Well, not for 10.1, which was ****, when contacting Novell it came down to "Go away, use OpenSuSE, we don't need your money anymore." So I used OpenSuSE. The consequences are this **** situation that users must be pestered away into enterprise distributions, and one of those measures is throwing the RPM's away. Which is darn frustrating, as it prevents you doing your own support. Think about it, money is not the issue. I would be more than happy to pay the +/- 100 euros a SuSE Linux Professional did cost for some extended support period. (Distributions)