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RE: Fedora and the System Administrator -- are my assumptions on SuSE incorrect?

I spent 20 minutes on the phone with a SuSE Sales man.  I specifically
discussed giving a friend of mine a copy of Professional so only one of
us would purchase it and we would install it on our home computers and
on a group of computers we would be using for practice and learning.
Later we would install a copy on a production computer for a business.
He said I could give him one and we could install it on all of our
computers but if I sold the copy to the business or included it with a
computer or other purchased product, I would have to buy a copy for the
business.  I was not allowed to distribute a copy with any form of
financial gain or reimbursement.  

This was Professional.  It doesn't include Open Office, etc. (at least
not described on the website).

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan J. Smith [mailto:b j smith ieee org] 
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 6:09 PM
To: fedora-list redhat com; Buck
Cc: dh iucr org; 'Benjamin J. Weiss'; 'Alexandre Oliva'
Subject: RE: Fedora and the System Administrator -- are my assumptions
on SuSE incorrect?

Quoting Buck <RHList towncorp net>:
> For me, SuSE is more affordable, has long term maintenance and an 
> option for a long term stable product compatible with the rest. For 
> $50 ($10 less than the Red Hat Network) I get an original disc, I can 
> copy and distribute it for free, and I can install it on all the 
> computers I desire.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa ... wait a second!  Now I understand my query here
on a Red 
Hat list about SuSE might not be appropriate, but I'm going to go ahead
make it -- prompting for any corrections to my assumptions.

I am currently very much under the belief that SuSE CDs (at least
through 8.x) 
are very much _not_ redistributable!  Yes, you can pull down 
a "redistributable" version via packages from the Internet, but I have
seen a SuSE CD (or CD image) that wasn't either a "commercial shrink
wrap" for 
a single (or finite number of) system, or an "evaluation."

SuSE's distro relies on non-100% redistributable components.  Now you
_may_ be 
able to install it on a number of systems with your purchase, but that
is also 
the case with Sun StarOffice as well -- you can_not_ simply
"redistribute" it 

Am I mistaken on SuSE???

Bryan J. Smith, E.I.  mailto:b j smith ieee org  http://thebs.org
There is no greater ignorance than the popular American environ- mental
movement, which focuses on the most useless details.  Be it recycling
the world's most renewable resource or refusal to use proven CFC
insulation on launch vehicles, no lives will be spared in the further
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