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Linux Journal: Operating the ULB: SLES 8 on the Ultimate Linux Box

Aug 28, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Stone)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"So the Ultimate Linux Box is back in-house after a brief hiatus to be shown off at LinuxWorld. In the last article, I told you that because of a really bad experience with another, safely nameless distribution on the 64-bit platform, we would be going with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, a pay-for-play package. Because it makes up a significant percentage of the cost of the ULB, I thought it deserved its own review.

"Instead of the usual box of books and CD cases thing I've seen from every other distribution--including its little brother, SuSE Linux Professional 8.2--SLES 8 comes in a short two-ring binder that reminded me of the old AT&T System V manuals from decades past. The four CDs are inside the binder, behind their own tab, in a set of plastic sleeves held closed by a one-time-open seal that reads 'By breaking the seal you accept the exclusion of warranty.' This is an interesting shrink-wrap license; instead of accepting some kind of restrictive EULA, you're accepting the No Warranty clause of the GPL. This is SuSE's way of protecting itself under its native German law, the implications of which are beyond the scope of this article. In short, the laws say that someone has to be liable unless you, the customer, explicitly agree to it..."

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