Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Aug 2012 21:57 UTC
Windows With Windows 8 right around the corner, the usual game of reading the end-user license agreements and spotting the different versions is in full swing. Usually, this is a game of ridicule as Microsoft comes up with ever more convoluted version schemes and EULA terms. This time around, though, the company seems to be taking steps to make things easier, as Ed Bott reports.
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MS licensing = time sink
by benali72 on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 05:52 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Am I glad I don't use Windows! I can't imagine wasting time on decoding MS licensing schemes every release.

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RE: MS licensing = time sink
by Nth_Man on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 07:50 in reply to "MS licensing = time sink"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

A big contrast. People can start using GPL software without even having to read the GPL.

"You are not required to agree to anything to merely use software which is licensed under the GPL. You only have obligations if you modify or distribute the software."
-- https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html

Edited 2012-08-23 07:51 UTC

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RE: MS licensing = time sink
by ilovebeer on Fri 24th Aug 2012 04:37 in reply to "MS licensing = time sink"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Am I glad I don't use Windows! I can't imagine wasting time on decoding MS licensing schemes every release.

You'd spend less time doing that than you would dealing with the constant breakage in linux. Assuming you're a linux user of course.

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RE[2]: MS licensing = time sink
by leech on Fri 24th Aug 2012 12:59 in reply to "RE: MS licensing = time sink"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

"Am I glad I don't use Windows! I can't imagine wasting time on decoding MS licensing schemes every release.

You'd spend less time doing that than you would dealing with the constant breakage in linux. Assuming you're a linux user of course.
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Normally I wouldn't feed the troll, but figured I will because it's early enough...

Linux is creaming Windows in the server space because it breaks all the time.

I've had an Arch Linux (yup, that's right, a rolling release) running on my desktop for the last 4 years without a reinstall.

Yet Windows Server 2003 will sometimes randomly remove an active directory account. Did it to the manager once, was pretty funny.

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RE[2]: MS licensing = time sink
by andih on Sat 25th Aug 2012 22:15 in reply to "RE: MS licensing = time sink"
andih Member since:
2010-03-27

There is no constant breakage in linux,, windows crashes a lot lot lot more often ;)

Never ever used less time on caring for my OS then after switching to linux.

Not counting the first half year I was using it though.. there was contstant breakage yes.., but NOT because of linux ;)

Linux is pretty buff, and extremely stable.
Less resource demanding, more stable and less costly than whatever comes with the windows NT kernel.

Windows is a dinosaur, and I hope it dies soon.

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RE: MS licensing = time sink
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:42 in reply to "MS licensing = time sink"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Am I glad I don't use Windows! I can't imagine wasting time on decoding MS licensing schemes every release.

Did you really delude yourself into thinking that any significant number of people bothers?

And I wonder if you go through all revisions of OSS licenses, before using any software that uses them...

Edited 2012-08-28 23:43 UTC

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