Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 03:07 UTC, submitted by carbon-12
Windows After roughly 12 years of work, the Wine Project is about to take its widely used Windows translation layer to a place it has not been in all that time: beta. Wine Project leader Alexandre Julliard, who has worked on the software nearly since its beginning in 1993 and maintained it since 1994, said in an interview yesterday that the beta release is "a matter of days away." He has since updated that forecast and said it would be released on Tuesday, October 25th.
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Quote from Codeweavers' web site:
Emphasis mine...

Q. Can Microsoft prevent CodeWeavers' customers from running Microsoft applications on Linux?

A. No. Microsoft's end-user licenses do not preclude operating their applications under other operating systems. Were Microsoft to attempt to prohibit such usage, by requiring that Microsoft products be run only on the Windows OS, they would be in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The Sherman Act precludes making the usage of a non-monopoly product dependent on the purchase of a monopoly product. Microsoft has been convicted of monopolist practices under the Sherman Act regarding their operating systems. As a result, they cannot legally make Microsoft Office dependent on having a Windows OS license.

Okay now...everyone breathe a little easier...

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"Quote from Codeweavers' web site:
Emphasis mine...

Q. Can Microsoft prevent CodeWeavers' customers from running Microsoft applications on Linux?

A. No. Microsoft's end-user licenses do not preclude operating their applications under other operating systems"

I hope you are right. But the above is probably from before the Bnetd decision, and what can prevent Microsoft from changing their EULA to preclude other operating systems? Anti-trust law, as some have suggested? We already know how that went the last time it was used.

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rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

I hope you are right. But the above is probably from before the Bnetd decision, and what can prevent Microsoft from changing their EULA to preclude other operating systems?

Even if you consider an EULA a contract, you have to realize that contracts cannot contain arbitrary statements. For example, I could have an EULA on this post that says "by reading this post you are agreeing to give rayiner $10". However, if I actually brought you to court over it, no judge would actually rule in my favor!

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