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Registered: ‎03-10-2011
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Simulator License Issues



     I have no idea where to ask this question, and could not find a proper way to contact Blackberry about it. You see, I would like to develop apps for the upcoming BB10. However I do not have one of the alpha devices, so I must use the simulator only. However, the simulator requires VMWare Player, which gives me a clear message at the top stating that it is not for commercial use. How can I test my app on BB10 without an alpha device and without having to purchase VMWare Player? If I could get an official response that would be fantastic.




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Registered: ‎10-11-2012
My Device: Z10
My Carrier: none

Re: Simulator License Issues

You can use it for free.

VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use. VMware Player is available for commercial use as part of VMware Fusion Professional . VMware Fusion Professional provides a commercial license that can be used with VMware Fusion on the Mac or with VMware Player on Windows or Linux. VMware Support and Subscription offerings are available for VMware Fusion Professional.




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Registered: ‎12-15-2012
My Device: BB 10 Alpha
My Carrier: Blackberry

Re: Simulator License Issues

Hi. I that for above link it provide free VMWare for Windows and linux. I am Mac 10.6.8 user, is there any free tool to run simulator. Please reply as soon as possible
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Registered: ‎05-07-2009
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Re: Simulator License Issues

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http://www.vmware.com/products/player/faqs.html says that


"VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use."



Am I right that this means that if I'm a software developer for a commercial for profit ISV, my company has to buy some VMWare license in order to let me use BB10 simulator?


There is also a VMWare Player EULA page http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/player40.html but it seems to be a piece of BS even on the scale of usual EULAs. Mostly I can understand from reading EULA if I can use some software for free or not but not from this one.


Does anyone understand whether we (developers) need VMWare licenses for simulators or not? Or does everyone prefers to be in the grey area by just using VMWare Player without any licenses?

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Registered: ‎12-08-2010
My Device: PlayBook, Z10
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Re: Simulator License Issues

As I recall, this discussion came up over two years ago when the PlayBook simulator first came out.

Some of us investigated and found posts by authorized VMware personnel (I vaguely recall it was a VP, maybe?) which made it clear (to me, at the time) that this sort of use was not a problem in spite of that "non-commercial" clause.

I mentally ticked this off my list of things to worry about ever since then. Sorry I can't provide any reference off-hand, though I'm certain there's an old thread in the PlayBook forum (previously called Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR or some such thing) where we discussed this and reached our conclusions.

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