[Community_studios] Re: [seul-edu] Donated Computers Issue (opportunity knocks)

tom poe tompoe at renonevada.net
Wed May 1 00:52:31 EDT 2002


Hi:  Noone has a definitive answer for this, one way or the other, and M$ 
isn't forthright enough to state explicitly what the legal basis is.  Seems, 
though, they might be referring to language contained in a EULA, but have 
obviously taken that language to its' extreme, here.

Bottom line is this.  When the company exerts such blatant and obscene Fear, 
Uncertainty, and Doubt through its' statements, against a concept called, 
donated computers, one can't help but feel outrage and disgust for any that 
are associated with the authorship of such a page.  Institutions cannot 
afford principled postures.  Schools, libraries, and educational, nonprofit 
organizations cannot afford to test the idiocy of such a corporation as M$.  
And, as Leon Brooks, so elegantly stated, time to move.  Time to put them in 
an accountable position.  And, the best way, is to make sure these "victims" 
have alternatives and options to consider.
Thanks,
Tom Poe
Reno, NV
http://www.studioforrecording.org/
http://www.ibiblio.org/studioforrecording/
http://renotahoe.pm.org/



On Tuesday 30 April 2002 21:31, Nicolas Marchildon wrote:
> On April 30, 2002 10:48 pm, you wrote:
> > On Wednesday 01 May 2002 10:27, tom poe wrote:
> > > I hope this gets a unanimous "send it out" vote.
> > >
> > > Once it's on the web site, everyone spread the word to everyone out
> > > there.
> >
> > Time, I think, will be of the essence, and maybe include a link to
> > Microsoft's guidelines as well as quoting them verbatim in a footnote in
> > case they change.
>
> Two thumbs up :)
>
> BTW, do they have any justification on why "it is a legal requirement that
> pre-installed operating systems remain with a machine for the life of the
> machine"? I feel like this is a terrible lie!
>
> Nicolas



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