Multi-core processors raise software licensing questions

Posted by dave on Oct 26, 2004 10:30 AM EDT
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Microsoft finally answered (in .doc format) questions over licensing its software to run on the latest dual-core processors, expected from AMD and Intel in servers beginning next year. The Redmond, Washington-based company joins Red Hat in sticking to the same per-system or per-CPU approach, even with CPUs with two or more cores, for now. But the advent of more powerful dual-core and multi-core processors may actually mark the death of per-processor licensing in the face of irrelevance and the emergence of different licensing issues around virtual machines and various configurations.

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