[Wine] Running XP programs in wine

A. Tres Finocchiaro tres.finocchiaro at gmail.com
Sat Feb 23 23:22:29 CST 2008

That is a solid argument as long as you can afford to pay an attorney to say
it. :)

Just kidding.  You'll be fine for now.  I've never heard of a single person
being audited by M$ in the "dll" fashion.  As long as you understand the
consequences in redistributing them to others, its a safe move.


On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 4:25 PM, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 21/02/2008, Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thursday 21 February 2008, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> >  > Thank you Tres. I'll start googling the topic, as until now I was
> >  > unaware of the technical details of dlls and such. If I have a legal
> >  > Windows license, then I should be able to use the dlls, no?
> >
> >
> > Not necessarily. Sometimes there are unusual conditions in the Microsoft
> >  license for the product, and the do tend to vary a lot.
> >
> >  For the general case, the older the dll, the more likely it is to have
> a
> >  license that simply says something like "you can use this stuff if you
> >  paid" whereas more recent products are more likely to include bizarre
> >  conditions like "this dll may only be used on a Microsoft platform" -
> >  which makes usage on Wine technically violate the license.
> >
> >  And some dll's are freely redistributable, like the vb runtime.
> >
> >  In any event, you always have to read the license for the product that
> >  supplied the dll to see what the exact license says. Assumptions can be
> >  dangerous.
> Interestingly enough, I do not have access to the EULA of my version
> of Windows! I was force-sold the OS through Dell when I bought my
> Inspiron laptop. There is no paper EULA, and I cannot read the version
> on the disk without installing it from scratch! I wonder if this
> inability to read the EULA invalidates it.
> As there is no technical reason not to use the MS dll's, which may or
> may not be licensed for such but MS provides no way of reading the
> license, I dare to use them. Note that _all_ the software and media on
> my computer are properly licensed and this is the first time in about
> three years that I walk on potentially ill-licensed software. I'm no
> pirate, and I expect that if a company wishes me to respect their
> license, they should make the license available.
> Dotan Cohen
> http://what-is-what.com
> http://gibberish.co.il
> א-ב-ג-ד-ה-ו-ז-ח-ט-י-ך-כ-ל-ם-מ-ן-נ-ס-ע-ף-פ-ץ-צ-ק-ר-ש-ת
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

- Tres.Finocchiaro at gmail.com
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