Bonum Certa Men Certa

Microsoft, Linux Distributor

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has the word on exactly what the certificate package includes, and it sure looks like MS is distributing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (fairly successfully).

[ed note: emphasis mine] The certificates, as described in Novell's Nov. 7 Form 8-K submission to the SEC (Security and Exchanges Commission) Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, have always been for a packaged SLES/Windows offering. In detail, the combined offering consists of SLES, a SLES support subscription with Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Virtual Server and Microsoft Viridian.


Note the comma between "SLES" and "a SLES support subscription...", because what good is a coupon for support for something you don't actually have? Although, most of Microsoft's coupon customers were already Novell customers and only Wal-Mart indicated any significant expansion in the number of SUSE installations. Regardless, the agreement definitively states that SLES is included in the package.

So, Welcome to the community, Microsoft. Please check here for the ground rules. Given your history, you may want to pay special attention to sections 6 and 7, because "some may care about the patent issues." and there are some potential additional implications for patents in the GPL.

Oh, and you may want to brush up on Section 3 too. I assume you are distributing for-profit, you're not a bunch of communists - are you?

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