Restriction on distribution by Novell?

justin at justin at
Tue Sep 26 06:58:45 UTC 2006

Hi all,

Just came across something interesting.  Although Novell's SuSE Linux  
Enterprise Software (SLES) product allows for unlimited use once  

   "You may make and use unlimited copies of the Software for Your  
distribution and use within Your Organization."

They have been clever with their terms for receiving updates (Upgrade  
Protection).  They appear to restrict the number of servers to which  
the updates can be applied:

  (paragraph 5)  "... up to the number of installations for which  
Customer has purchased Upgrade Protection."

The updates in this case are software updates under various OSI  
certified licenses (i.e. GPL, etc) which prohibit restriction on  

Have I missed something here, or is Novell doing the wrong thing?

Regards and best wishes,

Justin Clift

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