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Re: [SLE] Do you buy the boxed set this time around?
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 07:55:42 -0400
  • Message-id: <442FBBBE.5080600@xxxxxxxxxx>
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.

They don't have to make anything available for download. They have to
make the source avaiable. Download is simply one method of making it
avaiable. They could, for example, mail a stack of listings or punch
cards, on request.




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