VMware has posted an End of Availability Announcement for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Virtzilla used to hand full, and fully-supported, SLES licences to some vSphere buyers. As Vmware's page describing the offering states, the licences came “complete with patches and updates”. Those don't come free: SUSE's support …
If people have to start paying for a SLES license for every VMware based appliance they own, you can bet your ass it's going to have a negative impact. They will be literally the *ONLY* vendor in existence who requires you to pay a third party for licensing fees for their virtual appliance.
The guy who claimed they won't experience any backlash must have also been their go-to on the vRam decision.
Re: No influence?
Perhaps you misread the article, this has nothing to do with vmware's own appliances/etc that use SuSE. This is a program that allowed customers to use SuSE for general purpose stuff(e.g. install via ISO image and get a regular linux install)
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