Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 21:04 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Novell on Mar. 1 announced preliminary financial results for its 2007 fiscal year first quarter, showing net revenue of USD 230 million. The first quarter's revenue represented a decline of USD 12 million, or about 5 percent, from the prior year's first quarter revenue of USD 242 million. Despite the unexceptional overall results during the first fiscal quarter 2007, however, Novell reported USD 15 million of revenue from Linux Platform Products, up 46 percent year-over-year, and USD 91 million of invoicing, up a whopping 659 percent year-over-year. Linux - make no doubt about it - is Novell's future."
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RE[5]: And up it goes...
by kaiwai on Sat 3rd Mar 2007 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: And up it goes..."
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Ummm, can you use your laptop without being connected to the internet and without calling Microsoft to confirm your WGA past the 30 days Vista requires to check that it's legit?
Yeah, I know that not many people need that functionality but I'd like to have the option to use my computer without having to be wired to the net or phone Microsoft and ask them for permission to use my own computer.

Let me see - ah, I'm already activated! thats it - I *CAN* want if I want, for the automatic activation to occur OR I can activate it manually, which I do - no 30 days for me then!

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RE[6]: And up it goes...
by shapeshifter on Mon 5th Mar 2007 12:21 in reply to "RE[5]: And up it goes..."
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Let me see - ah, I'm already activated! thats it - I *CAN* want if I want, for the automatic activation to occur OR I can activate it manually, which I do - no 30 days for me then!

Maybe I misunderstood the license but from this section is the one I'm concerned about.
a. The software will from time to time validate the software, update or require download of
the validation feature of the software. Validation verifies that the software has been
activated and is properly licensed. Validation also permits you to use certain features of
the software or to obtain additional benefits. For more information, see
b. During a validation check, the software will send information about the software and the
device to Microsoft. This information includes the version and product key of the
software, and the Internet protocol address of the device. Microsoft does not use the
information to identify or contact you. By using the software, you consent to the
transmission of this information. For more information about validation and what is sent
during a validation check, see
c. If, after a validation check, the software is found not to be properly licensed, the
functionality of the software may be affected. For example, you may
need to reactivate the software, or
receive reminders to obtain a properly licensed copy of the software,
or you may not be able to
use or continue to use some of the features of the software, or
obtain certain updates or upgrades from Microsoft.

So my understanding is that if Vista can't validate itself then you're screwed. And in 30 days it goes into reduced functionality mode.

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