[NBLUG/talk] Novell to own SuSE
sjs at sonic.net
Tue Nov 4 11:21:01 PST 2003
This goes along with
It makes perfect sense. Redhat is after the server market
and corprate money, not the mass user base. I wonder how
this all fits the GPL though...
I thought I was safe from this with SuSE, but maybe not.
Maybe it's time to spin off GeekLinux or something, and in a
way, I guess that's what Mandrake is, right (speaking from a
state of perfect ignorance of course).
All i can say is DANG!
On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, Kyle Rankin wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 10:32:47AM -0800, Dustin Mollo wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 10:21:29AM -0800, E Frank Ball wrote:
> > > On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 01:08:14PM -0500, Bob Blick wrote:
> > > } After yesterday's RedHat/Fedora announcement, this one really makes me
> > > } wish it were April 1st, but it appears to be true:
> > > } http://www.suse.com/us/company/press/press_releases/archive03/novell_suse.html
> > > } Debian, here I come!
> > >
> > > RedHat Enterprise License terms
> > > http://www.redhat.com/licenses/rhel_us_3.html
> > >
> > > It isn't pretty. A couple quotes:
> > even more disturbing, imho (comments to follow...):
> [snip disturbing legalese]
> > what this basically means to me (WARNING: i'm not a lawyer), is that you
> > *can't* install the product (RHEL AS/ES/WS 3) on multiple machines. someone
> > posted on slashdot that you *can* install it on multiple machines if you
> > decline the support agreement...which means you can not download *any*
> > errata updates, with the exception of the SRPMS made available publically on
> > their ftp site.
> > -dustin
> It sounds to me like RedHat will find out fairly quickly what Microsoft has
> found out from time to time -- that geeks do read these licensing agreements
> sometimes, and that you can only go so far with intruding on a person's
> place of business, before they start shopping elsewhere.
> At least with Linux, switching vendors isn't nearly as painful as with a
> Windows or Apple migration.
> I'm just wondering how Novell/SUSE will modify their licensing (if at all)
> in response.
> Kyle Rankin
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