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Re: [Xen-users] Xen License

On 6/9/2010 2:53 PM, Jonathan Tripathy wrote:

On 09/06/10 21:37, Roy wrote:
On 6/9/2010 3:33 AM, Jonathan Tripathy wrote:
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 obtaining 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 (some 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 to customers without paying anything...

Its a matter of semantics. You are required to license the software that you are running whether it is in a virtual machine or on a real machine. All versions of Linux have licenses. You have to meet the license of the version that you are using. It may include paying a fee then it may not. Same with any other software you use.

Roy, aren't most Linux distro free to use? Putting aside ReD Hat and Suse for the minute...

Yes.  From my experience, most are free.

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