|It is truly impressive how restrictive the Windows license is. It's true, we all know it… we've already suffered from Windows sometime. However, few have stopped to read the accompanying license.
Here is a brief analysis of some of its highlights and an interesting comparison between the Win 7 license and the "free" GPL license.
Next, Luis Alejandro Martínez Faneyth, the original author of this article, cites those extracts from the Windows 7 User License (EULA - End User License Agreement), which he has considered striking. You can find the full version of this license here!.
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Only one user at a time and maximum two processors
SECTION 2: INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS
to. One Copy per Team. You may install one copy of the software on one computer. That team will be the "licensed team."
b. Licensed Equipment. You may simultaneously use the software on up to two processors on the licensed computer. Except as otherwise provided in these license terms, you may not use the software on any other computer.
c. Number of users. Except as otherwise provided in these license terms, the software may not be used by more than one user at a time.
d. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, for example 32-bit and 64-bit. You can only install and use one version at a time.
Microsoft may use your information
SECTION 7: INTERNET-BASED SERVICES
b. Use of Information. Microsoft may use computer information, accelerator information, search suggestion information, error reports, and malicious code reports to improve the software and services provided. We may also share it with others, such as software and hardware vendors, who may use the information to improve how their products work with Microsoft software.
You pay for nothing
SECTION 8: SCOPE OF THE LICENSE
The software is licensed and not for sale. This agreement gives you only certain rights to use the features included in the version of the licensed software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may only use the software as expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must adhere to the technical limitations of the software that only allow it to be used in certain ways. Will not be able:
- circumvent the technical limitations of the software;
- reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent expressly permitted by applicable law despite this limitation;
- use components of the software to run applications that do not run on the software;
- make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or permitted by applicable law despite this limitation;
- make the software public for others to copy;
- rent, lease or loan the software or
- use the software to provide commercial software hosting services.
Comparing with the Free Software license
Basic features of the EULA
- Copying and redistribution prohibited (copyright).
- It can be used by a single computer with a maximum of two processors.
- It cannot be used as a web server or file server.
- Registration required after 30 days.
- It might stop working if hardware changes are made.
- Updates may change the EULA if the company so decides.
- Imposes limitations on reverse reengineering
- Permissions are granted to Microsoft to collect information about the System and its use.
- Permissions are granted to Microsoft to provide this information to other organizations.
- Permissions are granted to Microsoft to make changes to the system without the consent of the user.
- Warranty for the first 90 days, Updates, repairs and patches are not guaranteed.
Basic features of the free GPL license:
- Freedom to copy, modify and redistribute the software.
- It prevents a group or entity from preventing another group or entity from having these same freedoms.
- It provides coverage for the rights of users to copy, modify and redistribute the software.
- It can be sold if the user so decides and the services related to said software can be charged.
- Every patent must be licensed for everyone's use or not licensed at all.
- Modified software should not carry a license fee.
- It must be provided with the source code.
- If there is a change to the license, the general terms of the existing license are maintained.
And you, which one do you stay with?