CNET News: Rethinking Software Licensing
Aug 31, 2006, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serguei Beloussov)
"The increasing use of virtualization has blurred the lines
between physical and virtual worlds, creating a new issue for
buyers and sellers of computer software: Software licensing as we
know it is dying--or already dead.
"Consider how software licensing has traditionally worked. If
you bought Windows, you had the right to install and run that
operating system on one computer. This model made it is easy to
estimate how much to charge per instance so that customers could
still afford it and vendors could build a solid business..."