VirtualBox 3.2.8 EULA nuclear FAIL

VirtualBox is a good virtualization platform for both Windows and Linux environments.

It sometimes happens that I read the EULA (yes yes) of non-free softwares I install. To my surprise, in the VirtualBox 3.2.8 PUEL, it says:

§ 3 Restrictions and Reservation of Rights.
(3) The Product is not designed, licensed or intended for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any nuclear facility and Oracle and its licensors disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for such uses.

Cheers for the big O!! We knew you guys had nightmares on free software licenses (see the OpenSolaris murder) and dreams of fruitful lawsuits (Javaaa), but this one actually got me laughing for once 🙂

For them to actually put such a statement before the “§ 5 Disclaimer of Warranty”, probably means that this case probably REALLY happened. YES. Otherwise, why would they even bother?  The disclaimer of warranty being “AS-IS”, they should be already correctly covered from a legal perspective.

That’s a taste of what IT is like in the real world…

Hopefully, in “§ 6 Limitation of Liability”, big O states that they will not be liable “FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES” for using VirtualBox in a nuclear facility. So don’t come after them if half of your country is gone.

Who is really responsible these days? Let met see the manager!

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