Thank you tcmc35 for you helpful comment. It would seem that your "Unofficial" response from Microsoft is the same as the "unofficial" response that they have given UK Government and on that basis government departments are confident to buy. It is a shame that Microsoft are not prepared to make their unofficial comments official but I do understand why they prefer not to do so as uncertainty boosts their profit.
Do look at Microsoft MultiPoint Mouse: http://www.microsoft.com/multipoint/...k/default.aspx. If SofXpand is illegal then so is Multipoint Mouse. Let's have one rule for everybody. Microsoft would love to have their cake and eat it, wouldn't we all.
I think the wrong link was in my previous post.
Windows MultiPoint Mouse Software Development Kit
Ric, this is the product that I confused you with before.
The link below gives more information - including something quite rare these days - some technical info about how it works...
DisplayLink: Technology Overview
So - generic VGA may work for Multipoint - but without whatever "Displaylink" bring to the party, presumably higher performance....
I can't see how, even with DisplayLink, a USB based graphics solution could be as fast as a native port on the back of a standard graphics card. With the GPU processing power, GDDR memory and PCIe bus behind it.
Display link is just USB VGA. It's much slower than a standard graphics adaptor.
I'm concerned over all these 'unofficial' responses, these are usually personal opinions and people move on and change, attitudes and direction also change - as has been illustrated by multipoint server.
In relation to X series and multipoint server, yes you could, but to date it doesn't properly address the sound mouse and keyboard.
Ncomputing made a press announcement that they were working towards compatibility with Multipoint Server with all devices.
Microsoft UK Schools : A new way to add interactivity and quizzes to PowerPoint presentations - Mr Fleming's blog is awesome!
The Multipoint Mouse software does not allow multi-seat computing like SoftXpand, nComputing or Multipoint Server do.
The document linked to earlier in this thread clearly states that Vista and Windows 7 definitely cannot be used for multi-seat computing and that the licensing implications are effectively the same as those concerning thin client computing (Remore Desktop Services as Microsoft now call it). Of course, this does not mean that SoftXpand, nComputing, Multipoint Server (or any other similar product that runs multiple terminals off a single box) are not viable computing solutions that have a place in schools.
You are correct. SoftXpand and MS Multipoint Mouse are very different products just as nComputing and MultiPoint Server are also very different to SoftXpand. The reason for pointing out the Multipoint Mouse is just to show that Microsoft are content with multiple users on a single XP unit. In this case up to 25. The number of users is therefore not an issue. There are many applications especially with stockbrokers, and I suppect a number of school IT managers, that use multiple monitors on one PC so the number of monitors is not an issue either. As I stated earlier MS cannot have one rule for themselves and another rule for others. They know this and have therefore chosen to keep quiet. In their position I think I would be tempted to do the same. MiniFrame and Microsoft are not in competition. SoftXpand has been writen specifically for a windows platform and only for a windows platform. We are therefore insisting that anyone who wishes to purchase the most eco friendly desktop solution must also purchase a windows license. No units ever leave our premises without a full legal copy of Windows.
The question comes down to the legality, wording and 'spirit' of the EULA. For Windows 7 Pro your problem comes in clause 2c
Fair enough, this clause alone throws doubt over the use of Multipoint Mouse and indeed meny multiplayer games - PGA Golf anyone? - however this is what is ment by the 'spirit' of the agreement. In this case the 'spirit' being not allowing multiple users to each individually control and access their own idividual software and files.c. Number of Users. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, only one user may use the software at a time on the licensed computer.
There are larger questions as to whether EULA's are even legal in this country. I've read compelling arguements online that suggest that they may well not be. IF that is the case then we could buy XP/7/MAC OS off the self and do what we want with it - including run SoftXpand. This position, to my knowledge, as never been tested in a UK court.
Either way the legality or the 'spirit' of the EULA would be a matter for the courts. This most likely means MS suing for breech of the terms. This means the question becomes - anybody want to risk being the test case? For my board of governors the answer is - No, unsurprisingly.
Any how, full EULA's for MS products can be found here...
I understand your concern over the Win7 license clause but as SoftXpand doesn't use Win7 it is just not an issue. SoftXpand runs on XP Pro which I hope everybody now understands is not a problem at all. The only suggestions that I can find in the whole of this forum questioning the legality of software have been quoting EULAs from either Win7 or MultiPoint Server neither of which have anything to do with SoftXpand.
N-Computing: Anyone using?
Microsoft did provide a definitive answer to their licencing issue. (of course in favour of MS)
It is hard to see how this thread is going to resolve without a similar formal quote - whether you feel it is necessary or not, the claims of one lone salesman are not very convincing.
Again you are confusing two unconnected products. SoftXpand and nComputing are very different products as you can tell by some comments stating how difficult it is to upgrade the OS when nComputing is used. This is not a problem with SoftXpand. SoftXpand is just another application running on an XP Pro PC. It does not change the OS or hack into it like other multiseat systems do. If SoftXpand was a problem then Microsoft would have produced a statement by now just as they did with nComputing. They have not because SoftXpand is not a problem. We might be a thorn in their flesh but that is more likely to be because they may be annoyed that they did not think about multiseat computing first.
But it is a problem as we all migrate to Windows 7. Many schools have already migrated to 7 and many others have a migration plan in place. SoftXpand will not fit into that migration plan.Originally Posted by RogerAnscombe
Earlier in the thread you stated the following:
I'm also still not convinced that the EULA for XP Pro allows for this type of use. The first section states:
To me that reads that up to 10 remote devices may connect to the machine for file sharing, printing or using IIS. It also states that the only way that you may run programs for use by multiple devices (defined as a thing that is used to access services - in this instance it would be the collection of mouse, keyboard and monitor and the service would be shared computing) is through the use of either NetMeeting, Remote Assistance or Remote Desktop.Originally Posted by Windows XP Pro EULA
Yes, they do, they've responded to the use of XP for multiseat computing by udpating the EULA in SP3, Vista and W7 to include term 2c.As I stated earlier MS cannot have one rule for themselves and another rule for others. They know this and have therefore chosen to keep quiet. In their position I think I would be tempted to do the same. MiniFrame and Microsoft are not in competition.
The multipoint mouse is an "approved device" and is covered during the license agreement, microsoft are in a position legally to grant an additional license to anyone to use this device.
There is a 'grey' way of licensing XP for multiseat computing, use XP SP2, with an XP SP2 EULA, but not with a downgrade rights redemtion from W7 or Vista.
Of course, the legit way is to install server 2003, buy some tsl's and run ncomputing vspace or LG Network Monitor. Which for education works out cheaper anyway right?
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