Restriction on distribution by Novell?

Juergen Weigert jw at
Tue Sep 26 10:49:52 UTC 2006

On Sep 26, 06 06:58:45 +0000, justin at wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just came across something interesting.  Although Novell's SuSE Linux  
> Enterprise Software (SLES) product allows for unlimited use once  
> purchased:
>   "You may make and use unlimited copies of the Software for Your  
> distribution and use within Your Organization."

the fourth paragraph of the above EULA says:

] The Software is a modular operating system. Most of the components are open
] source packages, developed independently, and accompanied by separate
] license terms. Your license rights with respect to individual components
] accompanied by separate license terms are defined by those terms; nothing
] in this Agreement shall restrict, limit, or otherwise affect any rights or
] obligations You may have, or conditions to which You may be subject, under
] such license terms.

Please let me know If this is insufficient.

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

We don't want to do something wrong :-)


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