As I am sure many of you are aware I am extremely interested in this technology and I've been researching both it and Windows EULA's quiet extensively of late.
I thought I'd share my current thoughts and findings:
1. I am becoming of the opinion that Miniframe are correct - under Windows XP's EULA you only need 1 Windows XP License.
Why? The answer is in Windows Vista's EULA
2. I believe this software is NOT ALLOWED under Windows Vista's EULA - and for that matter neither are multiplayer (on the same computer (splitscreen,etc)) games.
Compare the clause 2 in Windows Vista EULA -
Note Clause 2b - number of users
2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. The software license is permanently assigned to the
device with which you acquired the software. That device is the “licensed device.” A
hardware partition is considered to be a separate device.
a. Licensed Device. You may install one copy of the software on the licensed device.
You may use the software on up to two processors on that device at one time. You may
not use the software on any other device.
b. Number of Users. Except as provided in the Device Connections (all editions), Remote
Access Technologies (Home Basic and Home Premium editions) and Other Access
Technologies (Ultimate edition) sections below, only one user may use the software at a
c. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, such as
32-bit and 64-bit. You may use only one version at one time. If manufacturer or
installer provides you with a one-time selection between language versions, you may use
only the one language version you select.
Compare with Windows XP Pro SP2 EULA Clause 1.1 -
Notice XP limits number of processors but not number of users.
1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Manufacturer grants you the following rights provided that you comply
with all terms and conditions of this EULA:
1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access, display and run one copy of
the SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER. The SOFTWARE may not be used by more than two (2)
processors at any one time on the COMPUTER, unless a higher number is indicated on the COA.
Both VISTA and XP limit number of device connections to ten for file and print sharing only
And Remote Desktop Connections (no limit on number in EULA on XP) - or similar technology (VNC, etc) - must be licensed per device
1.4 Device Connections. You may permit a maximum of ten (10) computers or
other electronic devices (each a “Device”) to connect to the COMPUTER to utilize one or more of
the following services of the SOFTWARE: File Services, Print Services, Internet Information
Services, Internet Connection Sharing and telephony services. The ten connection maximum
includes any indirect connections made through “multiplexing” or other software or hardware
which pools or aggregates connections. This ten connection maximum does not apply to other
uses of the SOFTWARE, such as synchronizing data between a Device and the COMPUTER,
provided only one user uses, accesses, displays or runs the SOFTWARE at any one time. This
Section 1.4 does not grant you rights to access a COMPUTER Session from any Device. A
“Session” means any use of the SOFTWARE that enables functionality similar to that available to
an end user who is interacting with the COMPUTER through any combination of input, output
and display peripherals.
But the key with SoftXPand under XP is that no additional devices are being used. All users are using the same workstation/computer. The one user restriction does not appear until the Windows Vista EULA.
1.5 Remote Desktop/Remote Assistance/NetMeeting. The SOFTWARE contains
Remote Desktop, Remote Assistance, and NetMeeting technologies that enable the SOFTWARE
or applications installed on the COMPUTER (sometimes referred to as a host device) to be
accessed remotely from other Devices. You may use the SOFTWARE’s Remote Desktop feature
(or other software which provides similar functionality for a similar purpose) to access a
COMPUTER Session from any Device provided you acquire a separate SOFTWARE license for
that Device. As an exception to this rule, the person who is the single primary user of the
COMPUTER may access a Computer Session from any Device without acquiring an additional
SOFTWARE license for that Device. When you are using Remote Assistance or NetMeeting (or
other software which provides similar functionality for a similar purpose) you may share a
Session with other users without any limit on the number of Device connections and without
acquiring additional licenses for the SOFTWARE. For Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications,
you should consult the license agreement accompanying the applicable software or contact the
applicable licensor to determine whether use of the software with Remote Desktop, Remote
Assistance, or NetMeeting is permitted without an additional license. Except as otherwise
permitted by the NetMeeting and Remote Assistance features described above, a license for the
SOFTWARE may not be shared or used concurrently on different computers, such as a workstation,
terminal or other device.
It'd be interesting, based on this, how the Windows 7 EULA reads...