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Old 03-02-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Licensing Question in Linux?


I have Mandrake Linux 9.1 and I would like to ask if I need to register or have a license code?

But my main question is, will Mandrake Linux run on multiple computers or is it limited to only one computer??? (Meaning like Microsoft's Policy).

Could I install Linux on as many computers as I like???
 
Old 03-02-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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Depends on which product/distro you buy... commonly
you'd be paying for the installation set (CDs and book/
booklet, whatever) and have the freedom to install on
whatever you please. RH is different, and you'll obviously
only get support for ONE machine if you are in trouble
on others... if it's a freely downloadable version there's
no worries what so ever.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-02-2005, 05:09 PM   #3
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Mandrake is free (as in freedom). You download it once, and install it on however many computers you want. No license codes, nothing to buy, just plain Free.

(You are encouraged to join the Mandrake Club, or to actually purchase a boxed set, just to help support Mandrakesoft. )
 
Old 03-02-2005, 11:23 PM   #4
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this post is a joke right ?

not only can you put it on other computers you own or do not own (i would ask first )
you can make a million coppies of the disks and sell them
 
Old 03-03-2005, 12:01 AM   #5
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I ordered the Mandrake CDs off the net. I did not download it.

Still, could I install it on more than one computer or not????

If I bought the CDs over the net instead of downloading it, will it still work on more than one computer???

Please advise- that Im not asking about support limitations here..... I just want to know if I could install these Mandrake Linux CDs that I bought over the net and install them on MORE THAN ONE computer. Thats all.

Please advise on this

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Old 03-03-2005, 12:26 AM   #6
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And the answer is yes, Without limitations. Though I would rather install the newer Mandrake 10.1. 9.1 isn't too bad, though.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 12:48 AM   #7
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I think Mandrake 10 was the first to come out with Linux 2.6
 
Old 03-03-2005, 07:18 PM   #8
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Just to reconfirm again.... I bought these off the Internet (Not from a Download), will I be Ok installing it on MORE THAN ONE computer. Is there any limitations on this like Microsoft's licensing policy???? Is it similar to that, or I could install Linux (Mandrake) on many computers that I like???

I dont know about getting version 10.1 yet. I kinda like 9.1...... I got used to it. But Im sure a kernel upgrade is a good benefit...... But this is Ok for now, I guess. Im well protected anyway and I only use Linux for basic computing....thats all.

If i wanted something different or decide something or change, I would go with SLACKWARE.....

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Old 03-03-2005, 07:54 PM   #9
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I upgraded my Debian desktop to a 2.6 kernel a few days ago. I haven't noticed any real speed increase.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 08:58 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by wardialer
Just to reconfirm again.... I bought these off the Internet (Not from a Download), will I be Ok installing it on MORE THAN ONE computer. Is there any limitations on this like Microsoft's licensing policy???? Is it similar to that, or I could install Linux (Mandrake) on many computers that I like???

I dont know about getting version 10.1 yet. I kinda like 9.1...... I got used to it. But Im sure a kernel upgrade is a good benefit...... But this is Ok for now, I guess. Im well protected anyway and I only use Linux for basic computing....thats all.

If i wanted something different or decide something or change, I would go with SLACKWARE.....
And again, the answer is YES, you can install and copy to your hearts content, it doesn't matter if you bought it, because the person or company who sold it to you is under the obligations of the GNU License. It's free, not free of charge (the way you got it) but freely distributed, freely copied, and free sourced.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 09:17 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by wardialer
Just to reconfirm again.... I bought these off the Internet (Not from a Download), will I be Ok installing it on MORE THAN ONE computer. Is there any limitations on this like Microsoft's licensing policy???? Is it similar to that, or I could install Linux (Mandrake) on many computers that I like???
Doesn't matter where you got them. If you didn't buy a package from MandrakeSoft, they are under no obligation to support you,... but You can go ahead and install it on as many machines as you like. There is no licensing restriction like Micro$haft's. Such a license restriction would violate the GNU Public License.

So go ahead. Make copies. Give `em away. Install it on as many machines as you want.

But do not do one thing, please. NEVER COMPARE LINUX LICENSES TO MICRO$HAFT'S AGAIN,... EVER!!!

If you do I'll have to find out where you live and give you 1,000 lashes with a wet noodle.
 
Old 03-03-2005, 09:22 PM   #12
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Originally posted by wardialer
Just to reconfirm again.... will I be Ok
OK i will be more serious because companies like Mandrake do muck this up a bit and it is confusing so follow along and i will be as detailed as possible even though you didn't say exactly what product you bought (why do i feel like i'm talking to a mandrake plant ?)
I think that Mandrake is purposefully a little vague on this point
and for this reason would never use Mandrake

in a nutshell (an oversimplification but good to start)
if you bought some commercial version with lots of third party software
and you are a Businesses of all sizes, Academic institutions, Government agencies, Bulk buyers, SMEs, Non-profit organizations, VARs, Resellers etc. (whatever etc is)
they want you to buy a bunch of stinking licenses.
even though as far as i can tell most of the stuff included is available free of charge otherwise from the original vendors.

say again if you represent a business or organization and purchased a commercial product with 3rd party software they want you to by stupid microsoft like licenses.
but they go on to say they require no usage reports etc -- in other words it's crap

This means if you are an individual that is not a business or organization then you are in the clear.

with that said the actual license that conveys with everything but the 3rd party software is as follows (you have these rights) (and Mandrake knows you have these rghts)

you are free to install it on anything
you are free to redistribute it
you are free to redistribute it and charge money for it
you are free to change it and install it on anything
you are free to change it and redistribute it
you are free to change it and redistribute it and charge money for it

the only thing you are not allowed to do it redistribute it without making the source code available
or redistribute it and claim you wrote it
or redistribute it and alter the license
or change it and redistribute it and not document or make clear you have changed it
and you must make the source code to any changes avalable freely and under the same copyleft

there are also considerations of the trademark mandrake
if you alter the mandrake distribution you must remove all references to mandrake before you can redistribute
if you purchased disks that mandrake calls "commercial",we were talking about above and they generally have jazzy titles like ("Power Pack", "Power Pack+", "Mandrakelinux Move", "AMD64 Edition" or "Power Pack DVD Edition", "Corporate Server") that is they contain demos of or full versions of third party software not covered under the GNU public license then in order to redistribute you must remove the third patry software.
most likely this just means toss a few of the disks in the can but i have never used mandrake so i don't know.
otherwise (wothout 3rd paty software) if you wished to set up an e-commerce website and sell the version of Mandrake you purchased unchanged you are free to do so provided you state clearly
This product is the Mandrakelinux Distribution known as <Product>
If you wish to redistribute (sell) a products known as commercial directly then you need to talk to the Mandrake people because of brand agreements.

one further note because mandrake when they try to be proprietary like this knows they are on shaky ground they say the "free" version is the downloadable version BUT NOT LIMITED TO the downloadable version as in some of the versions they sell might also be free if you actually look at what's in them even including the 3'rd party stuff thats usually like acrobat reader and crap like i said before thats free anyway..... sure that makes alot of sense

no wonder you were confused

i say change one word in the documantation and redistribute it a Quack_The_Duck_Linux
I'll buy it from you then

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