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Q: Software Licensing For Linux ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Software Licensing For Linux
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: timdeveloper-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 05 Apr 2006 12:08 PDT
Expires: 05 May 2006 12:08 PDT
Question ID: 715791

I'm a developer who is working on a Linux-based game. I'd like to find
a solution like eSellerate but one that has options for a Linux
software registration engine. I would like a site that's an integrated
ecommerce solution and a Linux software licensing SDK. Please let me
know what you find and the various options available.



Request for Question Clarification by hedgie-ga on 06 Apr 2006 04:42 PDT
Your question is well formulated and priced.
 There are companies which  operate profitable in  the Linux uniwerse,
 but probably nothing like eSellerate. 
 So, list of the candidates may be empty, and it is timeconsuming, if
not  impossible, to make a search which would proove that something
does not exists.

Perhaps if you would relax your spec a bit, and ask about companies which
prosper in the linux market, you would get a response.

Clarification of Question by timdeveloper-ga on 07 Apr 2006 16:15 PDT
What I'm looking for are people who can help me register my software
on Linux. I'm looking for companies that have SDKs that allow me to
generate serial numbers for Linux and have those serial numbers
registered to specific Linux machines.

I don't need any other informatoin that that. I've already found one
on my own...

Subject: Re: Software Licensing For Linux
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 07 Apr 2006 19:41 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Dear timdeveloper,

My web research leads me to believe that there are only three
commercial-grade licensing services for Linux currently on the market:
Absoft Common License Manager, Agilis EasyLicenser, and Macrovision
FLEXnet Publisher. Of these three, only the Agilis and Macrovision
products offer the option of ecommerce functionality, although Absoft
may still be a good choice based on ease-of-use and cost considerations.

Absoft: Common License Manager

Agilis Software: EsayLicenser Software License Manager

Macrovision: FLEXnet Publisher

The Absoft Common License Manager, or CLM, is a cost-effective
product that distributes a unique license key for each installation
of your software. The price for one CLM server, which manages multiple
installations, is $300.

    Common License Manager (CLM) provides a customizable framework
    for software license management. It consists of a library, a
    license server, and several management tools. CLM is designed
    to be customizable and extensible.

Absoft: Common License Manager: Product Description

Absoft: Common License Manager: Commercial Pricing

The EasyLicenser from Agilis is a more elaborate product, one variant
of which offers built-in order processing and web integration. Pricing
varies according to the number of software installations you want to
service, with a minimum initial order of $500.

There are economies of scale if your product qualifies for the web-based
license unit purchase option, so the more software subscribers you
have, the lower your per-seat charge will be. If you have 51 to 100
subscribers, for instance, the price per license is $11.25 for the
top-level EasyLicenser variant, called Pro Edition With eCommerce, which
supports floating licenses and web ordering. For 1001 to 2000 subscribers,
the price drops to $5.00 per license, and so on.

    EasyLicenser's eCommerce option enables you to integrate
    your web or other back office order fulfillment system with
    EasyLicenser's key generation API's in order to automate and
    streamline the process of issuing end-user license keys. The
    eCommerce capabilities consist of:

        * A Java key-generation API that is directly integrated
        with a Java-based back office system deployed on a J2EE
        application server or servlet engine.

        * A self-contained web server that provides an HTTP-based
        key-generation API for integration with any local or
        remote back office system implemented in any Internet
        technology, for example ASP .NET, Perl.
        * User-oriented web pages that enable back office
        personnel to manually generate keys from any local or
        remote location over the Internet with a web browser.

Agilis: EasyLicenser Datasheet [scroll down to Pricing for price table]

Macrovision does not provide pricing information up front, or at
least none that I was able to find. Judging from the complexity of the
product, FLEXnet Publisher will be more expensive than Absoft CLM or
Agilis EasyLicenser, although you should request a quote to find out for
sure. It seems that in addition to purchasing the base system, you must
choose various add-on modules depending on how you want to distribute
your product. There are also bundles of modules, called packages, that
presumably offer cost savings over a-la-carte module ordering.

Macrovision: FLEXnet Publisher: Features/Functions

Macrovision: FLEXnet Publisher: Pricing

Macrovision: FLEXnet Publisher: Packages

Macrovision: FLEXnet Publisher: Free Evaluation Copy

Although I am not familiar with your circumstances, let me hazard a
guess that the best choice for a small game publisher would be Agilis
EasyLicenser. FLEXnet Publisher seems like a rather high-end corporate
product that calls for a large management infrastructure and lots of
dough. The least expensive choice would be Absoft CLM, although of course
it would leave you to do all the ecommerce coding yourself.

I have found it an interesting challenge to answer your question. If you
have any concerns about the completeness or accuracy of my research,
please advise me through a Clarification Request and give me a chance
to fully meet your needs before you rate this answer.



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timdeveloper-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Not a bad summary at all.

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