"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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