[Gllug] vnc server / M$ license conflict

Jim Cheetham jim.gllug at gonzul.net
Sat Apr 27 08:13:33 UTC 2002

On Sat, Apr 27, 2002 at 05:21:37AM +0100, E. R. Vaughan wrote:
> I am interested in this too. VNC isn't exactly a "client" in the usual NT
> sense, i.e. accessing smb shares, and logging on to the, ahem, domain. Surely
> it is just an interface to look at your desktop and use the keyboard/mouse?
> What if you had a VGA cable splitter and ran a cable into another office to
> display there, would that be allowed?

Well, if I get more details from our IT guys I'll pass them on. This is
their decision, so they might be wrong, but their spyware will still
notice if I'm running the server part of VNC :-)

(Would a vnc server build and run under cygwin? Hmmm ... :-)

But, the licensing issue they have identified seems to be much more
along the lines of a "non-microsoft-license-holding machine" cannot be
used to remote control a windows box, presumably because it doesn't have
a license allowing it to benefit from the pleasure of using the GUI.

I don't believe this can be generalised into SMB shares and so on,
otherwise it would be a breach of license to even submit a print job to
a windows network from elsewhere. Yes, I'm sure they would restrict this
if they could :-)


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