[XeTeX] Free download: Microsoft Office 2007 beta 2
list.adam at twardoch.com
Tue May 30 11:22:33 CEST 2006
Bruno Voisin wrote:
> What I meant was that, given MS Office 2007 Beta installs only on
> Windows, there was no way to use the OpenType fonts that it provides
> with XeTeX, on either Mac OS X or Linux.
This depends on the End-User License Agreement that comes with Office
2007 beta. The EULA applies to the normal Office software and also to
the fonts included. EULA contains two relevant passages:
"You may install and use one copy of the software on your premises to
test how it runs with your programs."
"The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some
rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights.
Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you
may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement. In
doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software
that only allow you to use it in certain ways. You may not
• disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any
third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval;
• work around any technical limitations in the software;
• reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and
only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this
• make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or
allowed by applicable law, despite this limitation;
• publish the software for others to copy;
• rent, lease or lend the software;
• transfer the software or this agreement to any third party; or
• use the software for commercial software hosting services."
The other passages of the EULA are not relevant IMO. There is no
information about that you must use the package in Microsoft Windows
only. The EULA reads in a way that you'd be allowed to install the
software on Windows, make a backup copy of the fonts that it installs
with, uninstall the software on Windows and then install just the fonts
on a different system -- as long as only one copy of the software is
> Actually I was suspecting your message was a troll, something unusual
> on this list. Glad to know this is not the case!
It's sad to see such deep preconceptions (that whenever "Microsoft"
appears somewhere, this has got to be a troll.) I'm slightly
disappointed but will get over it.
I guess where I differ from some people on this list is that I don't use
open source software because it's open source, I use it because it suits
my purpose. I use Microsoft and Adobe and other commercial applications,
and I use XeTeX, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Python, FreeType and other open
source applications -- depending on which one fits my needs better. I
don't use OpenOffice since it doesn't offer me anything that Microsoft
Office wouldn't, and with Microsoft Office I get excellent support and
documentation. On the other hand, I use XeTeX because it allows me to do
things that I couldn't do in other applications.
> Thanks for the link, that looks interesting. I'll have a look at it
> when time allows. I must admit that I feel fairly skeptical towards
> anything coming from MS, and I have difficulties in believing in
> their good will, but I'll try to look at this paper with fresh eyes
> and an open mind.
Similarly, I'm often fairly skeptical towards open-source projects, and
I have difficulties in believing that this or that particular project
will gain enough momentum to find market adoption and survive over the
next few years so that it would justify my investment of time and
knowledge into it. However, I try to avoid that my skepticism
overshadows common sense.
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