I am an administrator in a UK local authority. We are deploying several SLES11 servers on VMware platform. You can imagine that it will be cumbersome to manage them all, so I am looking at centralised management systems, and saw SuSE Manager. I have already deployed Subscription Management Tool for registrations and online update management.

I am not interested in SuSE Manage with the embedded Oracle database, so would use the PostgreSQL database option. So, simple question: As SuSE Manager has a GPL2 license, what are SuSE charging an annual fee for - why can't I just install and use the software without a server and per-client subscription.