[conspire] SuSE Personal/Prof, apt4rpm, Newbie Ed. -was- Distros for novices
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Sep 9 11:30:13 PDT 2004
Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at earthlink.net):
> Your point here is well taken from a legal perspective. However, in
> the course of filming for the Digital Tipping Point documentary, we
> have interviewed Nat Friedman, Miguel de Icaza, and Jack Messman,
> and I have informed them all that I copy SuSE 9.1 CDs and give them
> to friends, and they thanked me.
That's fine, but that violates the property rights of several of SUSE
Linux AG's (Novell's) business-partner software suppliers.
> But I think that a freebie to entice a newbie would be welcomed by
Those other firm's licensing decisions concerning their property
interests aren't up to Novell.
> If you have any doubt about your activities, I would simply contact
> SuSE and let them know what you are doing.
1. Again, it's not up to Novell/SUSE.
2. However, the matter _has_ come up on LUG lists, and I found myself
(in May 2003) conversing with Rick Holzer of SUSE's Oakland sales
office. He had been saying -- and one has frequently heard this from
SUSE employees -- that SUSE has no problem with people installing the
retail boxed-set editions in multiple places for multiple people, as
long as it's non-commercial.
I said "I'm sure you honestly _do_ think this is a simple matter of
SuSE itself granting permission, and your saying that does both you and
your company credit", but pointed out that doing this violates
the aforementioned third-party rights. He said
(http://www.linux.ie/pipermail/ilug/2003-May/003062.html): "It appears
that I may have mis-spoken", and hoped to get an official statement from
the head of SUSE, Inc. -- which never arrived.
> They will give you permission...
Again, they can't.
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