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Date: 1/24/2002 10:08:01 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: License issues - Firing Squad "spineless" article posted by
Not sure where I stand here. I completely agree that the current state of the EULA is ridiculous. The OEM bundles we got didn't even have the Cert sticker on the machines, it was loose with the manual/cables. Since we don't use that particular version for development (98SE) my boss let me take one of the packages and install it on a machine I built for my sister. I took the OEM cert sticker, and stuck it on that machine. So who's to say that it isn't "said" hardware? The sticker's on there. If the sticker doesn't mean anything, then why does it exist?
So I've thought about this one before, and really I'm not concerned. I see the EULA as a legal out for MS to use when there is big money on the line. They aren't going to waste their time arguing the semantics of the EULA with one smallfry consumer like me, who would probably win anyway. They can't prove any kind of significant damages, case closed.
I do think they're getting a bit carried away, but I also think it's the result of years of casual copying of MS OS's, starting with DOS. Linux has made great strides in the recent years, but I it's hardware support and usability has suffered because of it's pricing structure. I think MS and Apple have both been able to push the technology because they have the wherewithal to do it.
If we stop paying for our OS's, what's going to happen? It's nice that IBM is dumping billions into the Linux community, but what happens when they stop because their shareholders demand some returns? That's scary to me.
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