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Microsoft licenses shouldn't apply to charity

A News.com reader writes that as long as the person or organization that donates a PC does not keep the original software license, that license should go with the PC.

     

      
    Microsoft licensing isn't so charitable

    In response to the July 17 article "Microsoft to settle license tiff with charity":

    I disagree with Microsoft on their license agreement. As long as the person or organization that donated the PC does not keep the original license, that license should go with the PC. It is no different than donating a book to the organization.

    Yes, I know I have agreed to their license; but only on duress. If a person does not agree, they will not be able to use the software. Microsoft at their whim changed the software license to a rental type where they claim full ownership. As soon as I can eliminate Microsoft from my system without costing a fortune to obtain compatible software, I will be switching entirely to Linux. They have gotten most of the business world to standardize on Microsoft software.

    Therefore, to communicate with our vendors and customers, we have to have fully compatible software. Since they only loan out the software, so they claim, the pricing should be considerably less. No, I do not plan to upgrade to the XP level and buy into that licensing plan. Very few people who actually read the licensing agreements would actually agree them.

    Yes, I believe Microsoft should be broken into three or more completely separate organizations, but that is a different story to be discussed at a different time.

    Vern Newman
    Southfield, Mich.