[ubuntu-uk] Dad's Computer - for want of a better subject
gbplinux at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 11:03:39 UTC 2011
On 22/06/2011 18:07, Rob Beard wrote:
> This is a blog post about what Microsoft class as the machine nowadays...
> "4.1 We grant you a nonexclusive right to distribute an individual
> software license only with a fully assembled computer system. A "fully
> assembled computer system" means a computer system consisting of at
> least a central processing unit, a motherboard, a hard drive, a power
> supply, and a case."
> You will notice the loophole that people have been exploiting (the
> former language which stated that an OEM desktop Operating System
> license could be sold with "non-peripheral hardware,") is no longer in
> place. It is now very simple and straightforward: an OEM license must
> be sold "only with a fully assembled computer system." Loophole closed.
> Seems pretty strict, last I heard it was tied to the motherboard and
This is a huge grey area that MS consistently refuses to clarify.
In the first instance, the End User Licence Agreement (EULA) that the
End User agrees to makes NO MENTION of the OEM version of Windows being
tied to the motherboard.
The agreement which DOES say this is the OEM builder's Licence
Agreement, which of course the End User does NOT see and does NOT agree to.
In the second instance, OEM support is provided by the OEM Vendor and so
if the motherboard dies and the same version of motherboard is available
and is used as a replacement, then the licence is still valid. If the
same version of motherboard is NOT available, then according to the
SUPPORT agreement between the OEM Vendor and MS, the OEM Vendor is at
liberty to replace the motherboard with a suitable substitute. Again if
it's an OEM Vendor-replacement motherboard. then the licence should
still be valid.
For me it all hinges on the fact that the End User does NOT either see
or agree to this OEM Builder's licence.
So you get the situation where people try to replace (upgrade) a
motherboard and are told " no you can't because of this SECRET agreement
that you have neither seen nor agreed to."
If only MS would put a definite statement in the EULA than all this
would be clear.
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