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RE: [Xen-users] Xen License

  • To: "Roy" <onion@xxxxxxxxxx>, <Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: "Jonathan Tripathy" <jonnyt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:58:39 +0100
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  • Delivery-date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:01:43 -0700
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xensource.com>
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] Xen License


From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Roy
Sent: Thu 10/06/2010 14:51
Cc: Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: 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...
>>> Thanks
>> 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.


Looks like I'm good to start renting out Linux VMs then without paying any license fees :)

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