Yes, just like google. To private people just send a letter, then sue. Against big pirates sue instant.
I don't know where M$ got this bad publicity from. It's actually one of the nicest companies in regard to private useres breaking their eula, there is. M$ will send you a nice letter telling you to stop, where other companies already ask for crazy sums of money.
There are companys who want to be friendly. Arachne labs who made arachne was also closed source for a long time, then he abandoned and released it as Free Software. Same for the guys who made doom and dukenukem, them also released it as Free Software.
Why should any company wanna be your friend and how's that suppose to work? Have never seen anyone sitting in a bar and having a beer with a company!
Microsoft decided to to release it neither as freeware nor as Free Software. Therefore it`s clear that them not want others to redistribute it.
This isn`t nonsense. Many people released their source after a while or on request.
Also asking for release under GPL or release of the source code is nonsense.
Isn`t this pretty obvious? Either you decide for closed source + freeware OR Free Software. Freeware means it`s closed source. So it`s kinda clear that freeware can not be Free Software.
Most freeware isn't released under GPL not to mention that getting the sourcecode is even more seldom.
Illegal here, according to our rules. But using shareware for longer than the trial periode is ok, if the author can't be contacted anymore.
And as far as 'just' including it in a project goes, shareware is never a problem in this way, since the responsibility to buy a license is the one of the user not the 'distributor'.
For live DOS there is a pretty good project already, ultimate boot cd.
Since this is boot-land and not DOS-land, i would suggest a live system based on DOS that runs from CD and employs free- and shareware to be the best possible LiveDOS there is.
What best means in this case, is up to the developer and the requests of his userbase.
I decided also to make a cool smiley. I am not gonne fight you with words. Just discussing. I am not a unfriendly guy. Maybe my style to discuss seamed kinda rude, no feeling for that it`s not my native lang.