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Thread: Comparing the GNU GPL to Microsoft's EULA

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    Comparing the GNU GPL to Microsoft's EULA

    Did you know these facts??

    italic lines are taken from the EULA

    The Product may not be used by more than two (2) processors at any one time on any single Workstation Computer.

    Microsoft explicitly disallows you from using this software on a computer system which has more than 2 CPUs. Thus, if you have a computer with 4 CPUs, you will not be allowed to install this software.

    You may permit a maximum of ten (10) computers or other electronic devices (each a "Device") to connect to the Workstation Computer to utilize the services of the Product solely for File and Print services, Internet Information Services, and remote access (including connection sharing and telephony services).
    The ten connection maximum includes any indirect connections made through "multiplexing" or other software or hardware which pools or aggregates connections.

    Under this licence, Microsoft does not allow you to connect more than 10 computers to your
    computer. You cannot bypass this by having another device which aggregates computer connections to your computer. Presumably, Microsoft allows more connections to computers running differentlylicensed software, but then sells that software at much higher prices.

    You cannot really use any computer running this license's software to generally function as a webserver or a file-server.

    Except as otherwise permitted by the NetMeeting, Remote Assistance, and Remote Desktop
    features described below, you may not use the Product to permit any Device to use, access, display or run other executable software residing on the Workstation Computer, nor may you permit any Device to use, access, display, or run the Product or Product's user interface, unless the Device has a separate license for the Product.

    Microsoft does not allow you to use general-purpose remote-control software such as VNC or
    PCAnywhere to access this computer. Microsoft provides its own method of remote access, and
    appears here to be explicitly disallowing alternatives.
    more about Microsoft's EULA


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    heys thats some pretty scary stuff, for all you end-user(M$) ...
    sure glad i like to use free software...

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