[ros-dev] Getting a Windows Server 2003 license for the project?
colin at reactos.org
Sat Jan 15 10:19:52 UTC 2011
> Using an OEM license on a computer that the software has not originally
> been distributed with is not legal (confirmed with a call to MS [...]
Of course, this is what every software vendor wants. But gladly, this
decision is not just up to Microsoft, but the local jurisdictions. And
at least in Germany, Microsoft has lost a case related to OEM software
in court (see http://tinyurl.com/dfl6u). Later court cases also allowed
unbundling single licenses of volume license contracts. See
http://www.usedsoft.com/rechtslage/urteile.html for a list of German
cases related to this.
The appropriate German law behind this decision seems to be a ratified
EU law, so it should be legal to unbundle licenses in all EU states.
> Perhaps you can try Windows Server 200X Web Edition as that is the
Now that we only need the Remote Desktop for Administration and no extra
Terminal Services, this might indeed be a cheap alternative. But as the
Web Edition was only available in volume license contracts, it is quite
rare on eBay and other platforms.
Additionally, I'm not sure about two things: Does its Remote Desktop for
Administration also allow two concurrent RDP sessions like the other
server editions? And are there any localized versions of it or just an
English one with MUI packs? Latter one would be the best for us :-)
> And why the hell would you want a 32-BIT edition of Windows Server 2003?
Because this is still the main target. And as stated, we won't use the
server for real serving purposes, but just for development and testing.
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