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It would also allow open source developers to maintain their projects after they have changed jobs. I'm glad to hear that NI is moving in this direction.

How are they going to prevent companies from just using the community version though?

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Not a lawyer but I suspect it's a bit of a good faith kind of thing similar to Visual Studio Community Edition or Visual Studio Code. I also imagine the licensing cost might be cheaper than the potential of getting caught and NI wanting to do something about it.

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I wonder if they will also release a community edition for Linux.

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On 8/25/2019 at 10:33 PM, Porter said:

I wonder if they will also release a community edition for Linux.

I hope so. It would be nice to not have to bother with a VM.

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On 8/26/2019 at 4:33 AM, Porter said:

I wonder if they will also release a community edition for Linux.

I'm afraid the chance for that is very small. Maintaining a separate install is a lot of work and the Community Edition is a different installation than the standard LabVIEW installer. More importantly: There is no license manager for the Linux version. So there is no way to put up something like the yearly renewal request for activation of the Community Edition. Basically it would be way to easy to distribute the LabVIEW Community Edition for Linux by bad actors and with no way for NI to even know about where it is used. The yearly reactivation requirement for the Community Edition is the only way that allows NI to at least track the use of it in some ways and give potential abusers at least once a year a bad feeling.

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