I’ve been asked by several people, so I thought it would be helpful to post links to the relevant documentation in the blog for everyone. Note: the policies for SLES and SLED are different.

  • for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server – on a given physical server, a SLES subscription is required for the first instance (host or guest), and subsequent instances are at no charge.  This is an INCREDIBLE VALUE, by the way – esp when you consider that Xen virtualization is built into SLES, so you may not need to “purchase” additional VM technology.

    “One subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server covers all virtual images on the same physical server independent of the virtualization technology a customer is using. While each physical server requires the purchase of a subscription to be activated and receive ongoing updates and patches, an unlimited number of virtual server images can be created in Xen or other network virtualization technologies on each activated physical server. No additional subscriptions are required for virtual images.”

    from… http://www.novell.com/products/server/virtualization.html

    • for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop – every instance of SLED requires a unique subscription.  The low cost of SLED and hardware savings alone makes it an exceptional value over a typical Windows choice – esp Vista

      The Software is a collective work of Novell. You must acquire a license for each installation of the Software and for each additional copy (or partial copy) of the Software stored or loaded in memory or virtual memory beyond the initial copy necessary for execution of the Software installed on the hardware.

      from… the SLED 10 EULA