VNC Enterprise Edition for Unix
mbmiller "at" taxa.epi.umn.edu
Tue Apr 19 04:58:01 2005
On Mon, 18 Apr 2005, Lou Kamenov wrote:
> Is there such thing as VNC Enterprise Edition for FreeBSD, theres one
> for Linux alright?
Thanks for pointing out that the Unix Enterprise Editions (Solaris, Linux
and HP/UX) are now available. If there was an announcement, I missed it.
I am a little disappointed at the per-unix-desktop licensing scheme. For
one desktop I would pay $50. For ten I would pay $39.00 each. For 100, I
would pay $17.40 each. For 500, I would pay $5.88 each. For more than
500, I'd have to haggle, I guess. On the bright side, this applies to
multiple computers. For example, I could have two servers with 50
desktops each or 10 severs with 10 desktops each and the price is the same
because it's a total of 100 desktops.
This leads to a fairly obvious question: How does the licence key work
with Xvnc to keep a limit on the total number of desktops when the
desktops are running on multiple machines? Is there an honor system, or
is there a phone-home system? Just wondering how it works.
I have had students who create a bunch of desktops for some foolish
reason, like maybe they forgot their password. Couldn't that cause
problems if we only have a license for 10 desktops and we have 10 running,
but someone gets confused and makes a few more?
By the way, VNC staff should note that the Solaris tar.gz file comes with
a zero-byte LICENCE.txt file.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
and Institute of Human Genetics
University of Minnesota