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Re: [SLE] [LEGAL] SuSE as back-end for proprietary software?!??
  • From: Alain Barthélemy <cassandre@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 23:46:27 +0100
  • Message-id: <20031117224627.GB9290@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Le Monday 17 November 2003, 21:42:21 ou environ Hartmut Meyer <hartmut.meyer@xxxxxx> a écrit:
> Hi,
> Am Montag, 17. November 2003 19:31 schrieb Radu Voicu:
> > Could you please tell me if it's legal to give away SuSE 9.0 minimal
> > auto-install CD copies (250MB or so...) - not to sell, but give away,
> > actually, because we sell only our proprietary software.
> >
> > I want to sell my proprietary software but I need a back-end for my product
> > - and, being a SuSE fan, I would like to promote SuSE, too - without
> > interfering into the SuSE product, obviously - I intend to sell a complete
> > separate and client-oriented product.
> I'm afraid this is not ok.
> To give away copies of SUSE LINUX for free is actually fine, but as soon as
> money starts entering the scene it becomes difficult.
> As you say yourself: you *need* something as a base or back-end for your
> product which you want to sell (and earn money). So the back-end or whatever
> you would call it would actually be part of the solution that you offer to
> your customers.
> Another example of what would *not* be ok: you might be selling hardware.
> Selling a computer and having SUSE LINUX installed as a goodie for your
> customers (or even just as a teaser in order to show them an alternative to
> the pirate copy of Windows that they otherwise would likely install on their
> just bought computer) would not be ok.
> Anything where it's not obvious that you *don't* earn money by distributing
> SUSE LINUX needs special agreement.
> You might want to check our partner programm or consider enquiring about the
> possibility to use SUSE LINUX as an OEM product.
> For our partner program please check:
> Greetings from Bremen
> hartmut
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As I understood, YAST was proprietary but not the software delivered with the
SuSE-CD's. Am I wrong?

Alain Barthélemy
Linux User #315631

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