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    Jake Dellanaro Guest

    Licensing issue


    Licensing issue
    What are the current licensing policies with most Linux manufactures regarding
    the number of WEB users be serviced from a Linux machine or the number of
    processors which a Linux box may be running? Microsoft has recently changed
    their take on number of users served and is now requiring the purchase of
    additional client licenses for a server to handle simultaneous unauthenticated
    SSL sessions of greater than 10. Microsoft also licenses their product per
    the number of processors running the particular application (example: NT
    server or SQL server)



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    Neil Matthew & Rick Stones Guest

    Re: Licensing issue

    Hi,

    Jake Dellanaro <jdellanaro@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:395b661a$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > Licensing issue
    > What are the current licensing policies with most Linux manufactures

    regarding
    > the number of WEB users be serviced from a Linux machine or the number of
    > processors which a Linux box may be running? Microsoft has recently

    changed
    > their take on number of users served and is now requiring the purchase of
    > additional client licenses for a server to handle simultaneous

    unauthenticated
    > SSL sessions of greater than 10. Microsoft also licenses their product per
    > the number of processors running the particular application (example: NT
    > server or SQL server)
    >


    There are very few licensing issues that affect users of Linux
    distributions. A couple of examples spring to mind.

    The first is "trialware" that is contained in some distributions. This is
    commercial software provided for a limited period and must be
    paid for if used. Easily identified and avoided.

    The other is commercial software licensed within a distribution,
    like the OSS sound software in the SuSE distribution. This prevents
    you from installing the OSS modules on more than one machine,
    unless you buy more copies of the distribution.

    Having said that it is easily possible to obtain a Linux distribution
    that contains no licensed software at all. Examples are Debian Linux,
    and the downloadable versions of Red Hat and SuSE. With these
    you are free to install them wherever you like, without restriction.
    And they are not short on features either.

    If you want to build a Linux web server, you can do so completely
    for free.

    Linux, and Apache (and PHP, the 'free' ASP alternative),
    are totally free, gratis, no charge. No user limits
    except those imposed by your hardware and connectivity.
    And of course you get the source code as well

    You can have as many web clients talking to a Linux
    machine with the Apache web server as your hardware will support.
    There is no charge.

    Check www.apache.org for Apache licensing, www.php.net for
    PHP licensing, and www.netcraft.com/survey/
    to see just how successful Apache is as a web server.

    Apache is free, but not because it's somehow no good.
    It's free because its developers gave it away.

    There is a WROX Apache book which tells you all you need
    to know about configuring Apache. It is Professional Apache,
    details are at
    http://www.wrox.com/Consumer/Store/D...SBN=1861003021

    You may like to know that you can also create a file and print
    serv with a Linux box, one that can be used with Windows 9x
    and NT. The utility that does this is called Samba, and is
    included in most, if not all, Linux distributions.

    The Wrox book Professional Linux Deployment has details:
    http://www.wrox.com/Consumer/Store/D...SBN=1861002874


    Neil and Rick





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