“Changing the motherboard, however, generates a new installation ID. Under Microsoft’s sometimes Byzantine licensing rules, your license is valid if you replace a motherboard because of hardware failure. You need a new license if you chose to upgrade the motherboard, because you’re essentially building a new PC.”
See Microsoft tweaks activation rules for the Windows 10 Anniversary UpdateChuckle. The slaves of M$ accept that upgrading a motherboard is “essentially building a new PC”. No, it isn’t. A motherboard is just one of several components that a user can clean, replace or even repair to get the use of a computer that a person wants. It’s only in M$’s alternate universe that the “new PC” concept exists. You do not build a new house when you change the flooring. You do not build a new car when you change the engine or the tires. I certainly do not make a new flower-pot when I plant a seed in it.
My Beast is on its fourth motherboard, second case, 8 or ninth hard drive, third PSU, and I’ve run several different NICs in it. It’s still “Beast”. I think of it as “Beast III” for the generations of 32-bit, to 64-bit to quad-core CPUs but I ran essentially the same source code on all three generations.
No. This is an essential part of Freedom when considering Free/Libre Open Source Software. You get to use the hardware you own to its full potential because you can run, examine, modify and distribute the software on any or as many PCs or servers as you like. Amen. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it sets me and my hardware FREE.