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RE: [Xen-users] Xen License

  • To: "Robert Dunkley" <Robert@xxxxxxxxx>, <Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: "Jonathan Tripathy" <jonnyt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 11:56:53 +0100
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  • Delivery-date: Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:02:59 -0700
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xensource.com>
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] Xen License

Hi Everyone,
I should probably clarify my comments.
I of course understand that I have to pay for Microsoft SPLA licensing. This is pretty simple (that I need to pay). But the person on the phone seemed to start telling me that renting Linux VMs out was "illegal" without paying...
So let's say I have a Xen hypervisor, Ubuntu Dom0 and 40 Ubuntu DomUs, there is no money to pay here right?

From: Robert Dunkley [mailto:Robert@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wed 09/06/2010 11:53
To: James Harper; Jonathan Tripathy; Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] Xen License

My understanding is you can buy SPLA licenses per user or per cpu as
normal for use in a virtual environment. The only oddity is per CPU
licenses must license for all cpus in the Xen box regardless of if the
VM is pinned to less physical CPUs.


-----Original Message-----
From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of James Harper
Sent: 09 June 2010 11:44
To: Jonathan Tripathy; Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] Xen License

> Hi Everyone,
> This is going to sound silly but...
> I'm just off the phone with a Microsoft SPLA reseller. They sell
licenses to
> run Microsoft software in a hosted environment. I was asking about
> Windows licenses to run on my Xen VPS hosting solution.
> Maybe there is a big misunderstanding, but I'm faily sure she said
that it was
> illegial for me to rent out Xen VMs...even if they are running Linux
> about terms and conditions).....
> Please someone tell me that it was just a misunderstanding. I was
under the
> impression that since Xen is GPL, I'm allowed to rent out Xen Guests
> customers without paying anything...

Just to clarify, you aren't saying anything about Windows DomU's are
you? That's all covered by SPLA etc (and Microsoft get their money no
matter what platform you run it on). You are asking about running a
Linux DomU on Xen as a service for a customer right?

I wouldn't take the word of a Microsoft licensing person on anything but
Microsoft licensing, and even then I like to get a second opinion. The
SPLA guys seem to know their stuff, but only about SPLA.


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