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The Register: MS testers shout 'Linux!' over Whistler copy protection

Feb 05, 2001, 23:34 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"Microsoft's Product Activation technology has triggered a row in the company's official Whistler beta newsgroups, with testers threatening defection to Linux or piracy over the matter. The irate testers - who, as far as we know, haven't actually been hit by a real live Product Activation Whistler build yet - seem to have been sent further up the wall by the intervention of a Microserf, who referred them to a couple of FAQs on the site."

"Laptop and/or multiple computer use is quite probably going to be one of the really big irritants of Product Activation. Whatever the EULA actually says (does anyone, apart from poor, dumb journalists and lawyers, read it?) most people think it's perfectly reasonable and morally just for them to be able to install the software on as many computers as they like provided they only use one of them at a time. The desktop-laptop combo is the absolute minimum here, and if/when this is physically blocked by Product Activation, people really will start shouting Linux and pirate copies."

"Curiously, the final FAQ in one of the Microsoft documents isn't a Q that you'd think was being that F Aed right now: Has Product Activation got anything to do with Microsoft.NET? Here's the answer, which we think boils down to Yes..."

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