wounded in the line of duty
Having read all the comments here I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring.
I have to agree with Dag. Although SLE(S)(D) are BASED on openSUSE they are different distributions. You cannot compare CentOS/RHEL with openSUSE/SLES.
CentOS is built and maintained from RHEL source, there is a 1-1 relationship between the two.
OpenSUSE is not built and maintained from SLES source. The relationship is more like Fedora/RHEL.
SLES includes features not available in openSUSE; full support for EVMS (not just in code but also in YaST/AutoYaST), OpenWBEM/CIM agents and Sun and IBM jvms to name a few off the top of my head. These features and others are also dependencies for OES2.
BTW, OES2 is NOT NetWare running in a Xen vm. Its a complete linux port and bundling of traditional NetWare technologies i.e NCP server, eDirectory, NSS (Novell Storage Services), Novell Cluster Services, NetStorage, iFolder etc etc etc
You cannot access SLES updates without a subscription despite the opinions of some here. You can access src for the original shipping SLES10 rpms but that is kind of useless considering they're nearly two years old. Access to current src is part of your subscription.
Getting back to Dag's original post, an open source SLES would be built and maintained from SLES src and to quote Dag "That is what CentOS adds and an 'Open Source' SLES is lacking".
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