[ILUG] SUSE Linux 9.3 Professional Edition licensing survey
ssatelle at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 10:57:03 IST 2005
On 4/27/05, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> I now have the 5-CD set of SUSE Linux 9.3 Professional Edition for
> examination, and an reporting my findings here. If anyone wants more
> details, please ask.
> You may make and use unlimited copies of the Software for
> Your distribution and use within Your Organization. You
> may make and distribute unlimited copies of the Software
> outside Your organization provided that: 1) You receive
> no consideration; and, 2) you do not bundle or combine
> the Software with another offering (e.g., software, hardware,
> or service).
> However, the next paragraph severely limits that grant -- and I note
> with some annoyance that Rory _didn't frelling bother_ to mention this:
> 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 (including, for
> example, the "Other License Terms and Restrictions," below) 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.
> The Software may be bundled with other software programs ("Bundled
> Programs"). Your license rights with respect to Bundled Programs
> 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.
> Non-Novell Products. The Software may include or be bundled with
> hardware or other software programs licensed or sold by a licensor
> other than Novell.
> Interestingly, even the generous-sounding Novell rights grant cited
> above is non-transferrable!
> Transfer. This Agreement may not be transferred or assigned without
> the prior written approval of Novell.
> So, you're allowed to "make and distribute unlimited copies of the
> Software outside Your organization", but then those recipients don't
> enjoy the same rights? Weird.
> Interestingly, Novell restricts benchmarking!
> Benchmark Testing. This benchmark testing restriction applies to
> You if You are a software vendor or if You are performing testing on
> the Software at the direction of or on behalf of a software vendor.
> You may not, without Novell's prior written consent not to be
> unreasonably withheld, publish or disclose to any third party the
> results of any benchmark test of the Software.
> Anyhow, so much for Rory and others' claim that Novell had granted
> blanket permission for non-commercial copying. No, they simply didn't,
> but you folks didn't bother to FRELLING WELL READ THE VERY NEXT
> PARAGRAPH, to find out.
Isnt some of this against the GPL, especially the part about people
you pass the software onto not getting the same rights as you?
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