OpenPKG Corporation
OpenPKG Corporation

OpenPKG Framework Licensing

License Purchase

The OpenPKG Framework VALUE Shareware license is sold by the OpenPKG GmbH.

Calculated on a based price of EUR 25,00 per kernel typical quantities have been combined with financially rewarding discounts. They can be purchased online via PayPal.

The VALUE license is individually created for and bound to the name of the buyer who is responsible for obeying the licensing terms and conditions.

The license legally limits the use to the number of kernels listed. The number of instances is unlimited. The license allows installation of the OpenPKG Framework to versions not older than the license issue date plus 1 year. In other words, the license includes a 1 year upgrade protection. The run time is unlimited.

Legally binding tax country

OpenPKG Framework VALUE Licenses


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NOTICE: the european union changed B2C tax charing by 2015-01-01. The OpenPKG GmbH is able to fulfil the new laws by 2015-04-01. In the meantime consumers which are EU but non-DE residents can only be serviced with limitation. Please either hold back order&payment until 2015Q2 or order&pay now and expect invoice&delivery in April or order&pay now and ask us to ship the license on physical media or identify yourself as business customer sending sales your EU tax identification number. The limitation does not apply to DE nor to non-EU nor to business customers.

After payment through PayPal, the license and an invoice will be sent to you electronically by the OpenPKG GmbH. Expect delivery within five business days.
NOTICE: A "per kernel license" means you can install as many Instances of OpenPKG onto a single kernel as you like — or until some technical limitation stops you. Kernel is the operating system core that directly executes the OpenPKG Framework executables ("openpkg"). Without virtualization technologies this would be the same as "per server".

However, different levels of available virtualization require tighter definition. A virtualization technology that shares the same kernel between host and guest requires only one license, e.g. chroot(8), Linux VServer, Docker, BSD Jails, Solaris Zones. Those that run different kernels in host and guest require one license for the host and for every guest in which one or more OpenPKG frameworks are installed, e.g. VMware, VirtualBox, VirtualPC, Qemu, Bochs, Parallels, XEN, KVM, IBM LPars, etc.

Sales Request

In case the conditions shown above do not match your needs, we ask you to submit a sales request, please. We'll create an individual quotation for you. Known cases are: The list is not exhaustive. Please note that due to manual processing, resulting individual prices cannot compete with the pricing for highly automated processing shown above, of course. Extra handling charges may be shown on the quotation and will apply in case an order is finally placed.

License Overview

The following is an overview of all standardized licenses for the OpenPKG Framework. The particular licenses mainly differ in their license assertions which are directly encoded into the signed license files. A license processor checks the encoded assertions under run-time.

  • The BOOT license is used internally during bootstrapping the OpenPKG Framework only.
  • The RECOVERY license can be temporarily used by the administrator to recover an OpenPKG instance (usually in case of a license expiring issue).
  • The EVAL license is automatically activated on initial installation of the OpenPKG Framework and allows time-limited evaluation without any further restrictions.
  • The PROMO license from time to time is used by the OpenPKG GmbH for promotional offerings and is equal to the VALUE license except for a particular real-time restriction.
  • The EXAMPLE license is intended for training and demonstration purposes.
  • The COMMUNITY license is for true community players who are willing to permanently upgrade nearly their complete package set and this way implicitly act as testers. As a return they can use the OpenPKG Framework free of charge all the time.
  • The VALUE license is for production use and grants an unlimited use and a 1 year upgrade protection for the OpenPKG Framework. This is the option for all commercial users who cannot afford having to change a productive OpenPKG instance all the time. For being able to stay on old versions and this way no longer help the community, a small fee has to be paid to at least financially support the further development of OpenPKG.

Administration Promotion Production
License Facts
ships with framework -
can be purchased online free free free free free free
can be purchased offline - - - - - - -
is resellable - - - - - - -
is invidualized - - - - - -
price per kernel - - - - - - € 25.00
License Assertions
restricts usable license processor
convert licensing errors to warnings
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require online approval
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online reports usage
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restrict instance prefix (%{l_prefix})
- - - - /example - -
restrict instance user (%{l_musr})
- - - - example - -
restrict instance group (%{l_mgrp})
- - - - example - -
restrict FQDN of host
- - - - - - -
restrict current system time
- - - from: ST
to: ST+60d
- from: ST
to: ST+60d
restrict OpenPKG framework (%{release})
- - - from: 20100101
to: ST+60d
- from: 20100101
to: ST+60d
from: 19700101
to: PT+1y
restrict OpenPKG framework installation
- - from: IT
to: IT+90d
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requires build-host = install-host
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restrict installed packages (%{name})
openpkg - - - - -
restrict installed packages (%{name}:%{release})
- - - - - 90% > RT-90d -
restrict according to macro expression
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Target Audience
Training & Demonstration - - - -
Software Developer
Private User -
Commercial User - -
Vendor - - - -
PT:License Purchase Time
ST:License Signing Time
RT:Framework Release Time
IT:Instance Installation Time
*:Currently no promotional offering available
**:Unsigned template downloadable only

License Installation

An OpenPKG Framework VALUE license can be installed into and activated on an OpenPKG instance with the following commands:
admin$ scp filename root@hostname:/tmp/
admin$ ssh root@hostname
hostname$ prefix/bin/openpkg license install VALUE /tmp/filename
hostname$ prefix/bin/openpkg license activate VALUE
hostname$ rm -f /tmp/filename
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