Subject Re: [firebird-support] Windows O/S Config for 50-user system
Author Peter sanders

From the limited EULA reading (some time ago) Microsoft DOES limit and has
the right to limit (if Microsoft chooses) the number of users by merely
specifying within the license (EULA) that their (MS) software cannot be
used with more than xx users (insert specific value here).

While it may very well be technically possible to connect many more users
than the software EULA specifies by any protocol desired, if the EULA user
exceeds the EULA specified connections, then they (users) are
contradicting the EULA agreement.

This could very well be a moot point of course as Microsoft probably would
not police the EULA, however MS could police it and take action.

This EULA limiting is of course all an excuse for Microsoft to continually
improve their revenue raising. For all we know it could be just a few
lines of code that change between XP Home, XP Pro and Windows Server 2003
(pick your own year here :D), but of course the price changes

I have not read the whole EULA agreement for MY version of XP Pro, and
would prefer not to. However from what I have read the gist of it is that
Microsoft provide this software without ANY responsibilty other than
paying you back for the purchase price paid. If anything goes wrong it's
NOT their fault NO MATTER WHAT! However should YOU the user exceed their
EULA they do have EVERY right to "wipe the floor with you"!

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005 10:55:01 +1100, Helen Borrie <helebor@...>

> At 11:23 PM 19/01/2005 +0000, Artur Anjos wrote:
>> But this is another discussion: Kevin NEEDS to buy a server version.
>> The problem is with EULA. Microsoft don't allow more than (5 or 10, can
>> be sure) connections in the EULA. Just pick up a XP Pro CD and look at
>> it.
>> But it's still possible in an technical way. :-)
>> One of our clients used a W2K Pro for sometime with 32 connections,
>> before someone looked at EULA. They switch to Linux.
>> Yes, there are times that Microsoft help our clients to achieve better
>> solutions. :-)
> Artur - double check that. I believe the EULA applies to nodes using the
> proprietary Windows networking protocol - what we loosely refer to as
> "NetBEUI". Windows doesn't own the TCP/IP technology and, AFAIK, there
> is
> no limit (and no way that Microsoft or its software can limit) the number
> of TCP/IP clients to Win2K, WinXP or S2K3.
> ./heLen
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