I just saw a blog post from Bill Sempf describing a book he'd written for Microsoft to help them explain licensing for Windows Server 2008. At first, I read right past a key metric, but I doubled back and read it again -- the book is 86 pages long.
Eighty-Six pages?? Really???
Now, don't get me wrong. I have every faith that Bill's done a fine job of documenting the licensing requirements in the simplest fashion possible. I don't mean to bash the book; I mean to bash the licensing requirements.
Do you think there's a chance that the real problem here isn't the fact that nobody liked reading licensing whitepapers? Maybe the real problem is that the licensing model takes 86 pages to explain in a "Dummies" book. How long is the "Licensing Unleashed" book going to be??
I'm not exactly sure how you fill up 86 pages with licensing guidelines, but I have to guess you're going to see chapters like this:
- What's it going to take to put you in a new OS today?
- If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
- Feeding Ballmer's Ellison-envy since 1998.
- If you think the licensing rules are complicated, you should see our commission calculations.
- This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.
- Hang on a second while I go talk to our General Manager.
- How much did you say your budget was again?
Enjoy the read, though.