On Aug 17, 11:39pm, "Charles L. Getty" wrote:
} Subject: RE: NT Memory (formerly NT Firewalling)
}> Depending on how heavily it is used (more than 10 connections), it =
}> like using NT workstation for your firewall could put you in violation
}> of your licensing agreement. Microsoft wants you to cough up the bucks
}> for NT server. There's a pretty good article on page 1 of the August =
}> 1996 issue of Communications Week.
} If you are using NT only as the operating system (clients do not have =
} direct access to the file system) and you are using a third party =
} application, you are only bound to the licensing for the application. =
} The "NT client license" is just that, a license to access NT, not the =
} For instance if you run only Netscape Commerce Server on an NT box and =
} do not access the file system from any other box, you do not actually =
} have to have any client licenses
That doesn't seem to be how Microsoft interprets their own license agreement.
According to the article Netscape has been advertising a combination of
their Fast Track server and NT Workstation as being cheaper than a web
server built will all Microsoft products. In response, Microsoft sent
Netscape a "cease and desist" letter to Netscape, apparently claiming that
Netscape was encouraging software license violations.
According to the article, Microsoft put a restriction of 10 outside
connections in a beta version of NT Workstation 4.0, but later removed
this restriction from the code due to user complaints, but kept the
restriction in the license agreement. The article quotes Mike Nash,
Microsoft's director of marketing on the subject of this restriction,
"We don't support [Workstation] as a server. It's not designed to be
a server, and we're concerned that customers might be using it for
something it wasn't designed to do well."
According to the article, the president of O'Reilly and Associates,
another web server vendor believes that the license agreement places
limitations on other peoples products.