There will be occasions when a SUSE RPM of a particular package exists but not for the particular SUSE version you are using. If you are running SLES 10 on x86, you should be able to install a binary RPM taken from openSUSE 10.1 Professional without any problems: they should be binary compatible. (The same should be true of openSUSE 11.1 and SLES 11, when these come out.) But in some other cases (on a system with a different architecture, for example, where a binary package is not available), although you might not be able to install the binary RPM, you could take a source package and rebuild it according to your needs. In the simplest case, you would do this (as root):
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