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Hallo community,

 

I would like to know which kind of a license I would get if I bought the LabVIEW 2023 Q3 Pro Version for Linux from NI's web-shop.

 

I know that there are three main different licenses, which are user-based (install software on up to 3 computers), computer-based, and volume licenses, but there is no way to select between these 3 things when attempting to buy it.

 

Also I would like to know, whether the development-environment would be still accessible after the 1 year subscription is over.

 

Best regards,

Musa

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Hello Musa,

 

There are a lot of details when it comes to the licenses, and it can get confusing which option is the best for you.

 

According to the NI Software Policies, there are two types of licenses - non-concurrent and concurrent.

The non-concurrent licenses are assigned to specific users or computers at certain sites. The number of licenses assigned cannot exceed the number of non-concurrent seats purchased. There are two types of non-concurrent licenses: named-user and computer-based.

The concurrent license is for a software installed on unlimited computers at certain sites if no more than X instances of the software are in use at any given time, where X equals the number of concurrent seats purchased. This license type can only be purchased as part of a VLA. There are two types of concurrent licenses: managed and unmanaged.

To read more on each type, check out the following article:


Understanding NI Software Policies - NI

 

You decide whether the license will be user- or computer-based after the purchase. The following forum reply explains the difference between user-based and computer-based license types:

Re: volume license questions - NI Community

 

To participate in the Volume License Program, you need to:

  • Purchase five or more licenses of the same type of NI development software.
  • Designate an individual to act as an NI Volume License Agreement (NI VLA) administrator.
  • Follow the usage guidelines as described in the NI Software License Agreement.

 

As for the second questions, you must renew your subscription to keep using the software. Therefore, when you purchase a development license with a subscription, after the expiration of the term, you won't be able to use the development environment unless you renew the subscription.

 

Please let me know if you need any further clarification.

 

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One point which should not be unmentioned is that yes, when your subscription expires the LabVIEW license expires too and you can't open LabVIEW and look at your code anymore. But NI has officially stated that it is legitimate to use the free Community Edition license to look at your code. However it is not legitimate to make any changes or build a new executable with it, if the application is used in academics or is in any way connected to earning money through it, directly or indirectly.

Rolf Kalbermatter
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Thank you for mentioning this, Rolf.
One thing to add, LabVIEW Community Edition has all of the capabilities found in the LabVIEW Professional editions, but as Musa is considering purchasing the Professional edition, I suppose it will be used for commercial practices.

If you are panning to use LabVIEW for non-commercial purposes, you can get the Community edition for free. LabVIEW Community edition is a one-year renewable license that starts when you activate LabVIEW Community edition on your computer. At the end of each annual period, you can return to your ni.com profile and renew the LabVIEW Community edition license for another year by navigating to LabVIEW Community Edition and selecting Renew Your License.

 

Read more about the Community edition here:

 

NI Community Edition Software Usage Details - NI

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