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    Default openSuse licensing

    I don't know it that place for discussing licensing or not but I have a question: If my company want use opensuse for internal use, how I can get legal approval for that? Can I get some papers from local Novell office?

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    platinum NNTP User

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    the openSUSE license is included with the download at
    http://software.opensuse.org/

    you can print it yourself...for free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by platinum View Post
    the openSUSE license is included with the download at
    Software.openSUSE.org
    you can print it yourself...for free!
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    May be it's work for for US but no other countries.
    Is here Novell personnels to comment it?
    I would like to get stamp on paper from Novell.

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    Default Re: openSuse licensing

    OpenSUSE License - openSUSE

    openSUSE is a cost-free project containing software that is released under GPL and/or GPLv2.

    That means that anyone (private or commercial) is allowed to use it, and even modify it, and also copy it as many times as they want as long as they conform ot the GPL and/or GPLv2 licenses.

    The openSUSE license only says that you agree not to rip off their logo, or use the collective works to make nuclear weapons or use it in countries that the US has banned it from.

    If you live in one of those banned countries, or wish to use it to make nuclear weapons, then I guess you should not use openSUSE.

    Maybe you should look at buying the boxed version of openSUSE, or even buying SLED instead, which is the commercial version of SUSE Linux from Novell.

    But if your country is allowed to use Microsoft software, then surely you will also be allowed to use Linux and openSUSE!
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    platinum NNTP User

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    > May be it's work for for US but no other countries.
    > Is here Novell personnels to comment it?
    > I would like to get stamp on paper from Novell.


    Novell doesn't release or license openSUSE, instead this openSUSE
    community does..

    i do not know if the boxed version you can order from
    http://en.opensuse.org/Buy_openSUSE includes a stamped piece of paper,
    or not--but i doubt it...anyone know for sure?

    based on openSUSE, Novell does develop, support, license and *sell*
    "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server" (SLES) and "SUSE Linux Enterprise
    Desktop" (SLED).

    if you want a piece of paper with a stamp on it from Novell then you
    have to talk to them about purchasing SLES or SLED, *and* make sure
    they provide you with the license you need in your country see
    http://www.novell.com/linux/ and talk directly with Novell about your
    software and licensing needs...perhaps they have authorized sales and
    service personnel in your country with perfect knowledge of your legal
    licensing requirements..

    if you don't mind, would you mention your country's name...thanks

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    Ok. Guys I know about SLED and SLES. But I asked about OpenSUSE. I live in Russia, and by our law company need to has a hard copy license with stamp.
    If I can't get it then OpenSuse is not a good choice for us.

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    platinum NNTP User

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    ordos lider wrote:
    > Ok. Guys I know about SLED and SLES. But I asked about OpenSUSE. I live
    > in Russia, and by our law company need to has a hard copy license with
    > stamp.
    > If I can't get it then OpenSuse is not a good choice for us.


    tell you the truth i don't know of _any_ FREE distro which delivers a
    hard copy stamped license for FREE..

    which is why i mentioned SLED/S...

    maybe you need to educate the 'law' there..free is FREE! :-)

    maybe this will help, i just saw it on Facebook:

    http://www.linuxshoppen.dk/products....ariant_id=6763

    it is an ad to purchase the boxed set of openSUSE 11.1 for 148 Danish
    Kroner (reduced from 396...both those prices are not including Danish
    Sales tax but includes mailing inside Denmark)..

    as mentioned, i do NOT know if that product has a printed license, nor
    if it has a 'stamp' your authorities will accept..

    if it has a printed license, _maybe_ the "Linux Shoppen" owner has
    some sort of official looking stamp he can put on the paper for you..

    i know he can work with you in English...how many seats are you buying
    for?

    finally, you can directly contact Novell...they sell the same boxed
    set via http://en.opensuse.org/Buy_openSUSE, for a price that varies
    according to locale...MAYBE when they ship to Russia they comply with
    your law...i do NOT know...ask them--they are not here, in this forum,
    as far as i know..

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    platinum NNTP User

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    hey, try this:

    send a private message (in the web interface click "User Control
    Panel" then under "Private Messages" click "Send New Message") to
    either kgroneman and/or hendersj, both those folks work for Novell and
    should be able to give you a definitive answer..

    or maybe an official source inside Russia..

    btw, go to http://www.novell.com/ and you maybe will be automatically
    switched to a Novell contact in country...(i say that because here
    that switches to localized source)

    or http://www.novell.com/company/contacts-offices/

    OH..i looked long enough and found it for you, in the Russian
    Federation phone +7(495) 697-1914, i bet they know the law and would
    love to have some of your rubles

    -good luck-

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    Default Re: openSuse licensing

    Thanks everyone! I'll contact local Novell office.

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    Default Re: openSuse licensing

    Doesn't the Russian Government already use open source in some areas? I know there are also Russian born Linux Distro's as well. I am also wondering if you get a copy of the GNU license for that Linux distro, wouldn't that explain it all?
    Once you install a modem, the government can look into your computer and watch everything you do! That's why every night before I go to bed, I turn the monitor to the wall.

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