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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?

marked as duplicate by Iain, Rob Moir, 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
  • 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 '16 at 6:50

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
  • I do not think this is the case anymore, not for recent versions. Player-specific EULA is nowhere to be found, "about" dialog invites you to buy a license for commercial use, and the FAQ mentioned in another answer has no mention of "written permission" exceptions. – Olegs Jeremejevs Dec 2 '16 at 11:45

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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