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Re: [SLE] Do you buy the boxed set this time around?
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 22:50:08 +0200
  • Message-id: <1144011008.2385.10.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 2006-04-02 at 10:41 +0200, Per Jessen wrote:
> Greg Wallace wrote:
> > Then again, I don't recall whether the downloads were actually a
> > "legitimate" way of obtaining the product or not,
> If downloading SUSE Linux was not legitimate, why would Novell be
> offering that possibility? AFAI have understood, Novell/SUSE/Redhat
> and other distro-vendors cannot charge anyone for the actual software
> (because it doesn't belong to them), and instead they are somehow
> obliged to make it freely available for download.

Not at all. The GPL explicitly allows anyone to charge for it. Please
read the GPL FAQ at

> I'm not sure exactly
> how this works though - I don't recall Novell making SLES available for
> download?

Well, we do. It's available from the web site, you get a 30 day
evaluation period.

> They're not. They're giving away the software/distro, but what they're
> selling is their value-add (manual, support, packaging etc.).

Exactly. And the main focus is support

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