Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 12:41 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows "Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence. Here is what Microsoft has to say: "An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a 'new personal computer' to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required." Please note that this does not go for retail copies of Windows, but only for OEM versions.
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...and use an alternative......hopefully linux

Hopefully not. Sure Linux is nice enough, but what we DON'T NEED is a new monopoly, even an open source one. We need many viable choices because that makes sure that standards will be created for open implementations and that makes sure that we will always have choices. Choice means freedom and good. Linux monopoly = no choice => no freedom and is just as bad as a Windows monopoly or Mac OS monopoly, just slightly cheaper.

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