As you probably now, the brand new SLED 10 requires a licence key if you want to use it. One way to get such a licence is to test SLED 10 – you get a evaluation key which expires after 60 days.
An even better way is to join a community page Novell launched some days ago. Originally the prices included there were only hardware, but after some asking Novell added a set of licences of SLED 10 – and gave me one as a gift for the idea! I now have an SLED 10 licence key which will last a year! That means that I now have an official business distribution 🙂
Thank you very much, Novell! 😀
I already downloaded the installation DVD and now plan when and where I will install and use this copy – it is very tempting to just wip away my Fedora Core installation, but I have some duties in the Fedora Core world, so it will probably be a dual booting system or a FC system in a vmware – we will see.
But in any case I really appreciate this gift because I already thought about using SLED 10 as my main system after I heard so many good reports and read so many positive reviews about it. I also hope to get a good impression about in which direction Novell moves: it is the first “real” businness product which belongs to the new, Linux-only way (I’m sure they will drop Netware somewhen in the future), which got quite a lot of attention by the Novell people and which is expected to gain money in larger values. I really like the way Novell stirs up the Linux development and the situation of Open Source in general.