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Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2002 15:14:06 -0500
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Richard Bos wrote:

> jcmorris AT mitre DOT org (Joe Morris) wrote:
>
> > If anyone wants to see the license text, it can be found in the file
> > d:\I386\EULA.TXT on the XP disk: it's the last sentence in the first
> > bullet item under the heading "GRANT OF LICENSE":
> >
> >                     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.
>
> Bah. This means, if you interpret it anally enough[1], that you cannot
> use XP on a network at all. After all, if someone opens a file on your
> network, this means that part of the disk control software on your
> computer must be executed, at his command.
>
> You know, I keep hoping someone finally uses M$'s blunders to convince
> the public that M$ OSes are not suitable for commercial use, but the
> public probably isn't that bright. Pity.
>
> Richard
>
> [1] And for anal, you just cannot beat M$'s law creeps.

I interpreted the 'use and access' thing so literally that you can't even
network it, even through a serial port to a remote device, because you
would have to run some sort of executable on XP which while you've written
it, still resides there.  Hope I'm wrong and that wasn't their
intention...

David

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