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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

I was never good at reading and understanding commercial licenses, so I would like to ask a question. I just started working for a large company and I need to setup an environment on a virtual machine. I would like to use the free VMWare Player, but I'm not sure if I can: does the license allow me to do use the free version for commercial purposes?

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marked as duplicate by Iain, RobM, Ben Pilbrow, Scott Pack, Mark Henderson May 17 '11 at 22:48

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Perhaps you should get $BigCompany to provide you with the tools required to do the job. – Iain May 17 '11 at 8:50
    
both questions was very helpfull, thanks! – matekm May 17 '11 at 9:05
    
Just use Oracle VM VirtualBox instead. No licensing dilemma for commercial use. Just lack of features, but it's a solution.. see #2 in the licensing guide virtualbox.org/wiki/Licensing_FAQ – MacGyver Feb 5 at 6:50
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In addition to 3molos answer, not without written agreement from VMware.

From the EULA: http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/player31.html

"VMware Player is intended for your own personal non-commercial use only. Player may only be used commercially or be re-distributed with written agreement from VMware. Requests should be submitted online at www.vmware.com/go/ playerdistribution."

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Just to add to this...from my expereience they issue written permission to anyone who asks for it, you do not have to jump through any hoops. – ITGuy24 May 17 '11 at 10:24

You might want to read their FAQ.

What does it cost?

VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use. VMware Player is only distributable with written permission from VMware. Please apply here to request a distribution agreement.

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