Novell recently announced an interesting change to its product licensing:
Customers will now have the option to license qualifying products by device for their organization.
This optional counting method is available on select “User” licensed products. To implement this option, customers can simply begin counting User-licensed products according to the number of devices utilizing the software functionality, rather than the number of users.
No conversion forms or documentation are required. However, customers should track device licensing counts and products internally for usage and audit purposes. Customers must declare their counting method to Novell or their partner up front, and must adhere to this method for audit and payment purposes. If the customer does not declare device licensing, user is assumed to be the default on all user-licensed products.
This is a change that was included in ZENworks 7 – it makes licensing a lot simpler for some organisations.