Has anyone got any idea (in plain English!) of what the licensing is going to be for XDE? I've heard that IBM/Rational are completely redoing their license model. Someone locally mentioned tying licenses to user names, however that seems insane as many test beds have "usertest1", "usertest2" kind of logins.
Currently we use Robot a lot, and as a part of the suite we got the XDE software. However, this doesn't seem to require any form of license. I've installed on a clean machine that has no Rational licenses and it works without any issues.
Now, I can see a situation where that might be what IBM intend. They own Eclispe and their own Java implementation, so it would not be a leap of faith so say that they are very happy about now owning XDE as it gives them an end-to-end enterprise solution. Bundling the test software "free" would be a good incentive for some dev shops to use their products.
So...is XDE "free"?
Re: XDE licensing
When Rational owned it, I believe the per-user license just meant that you could install it anywhere as long as you personally were using it. Just before IBM bought Rational, XDE Tester was split out into a separate product with a price near the cost of most of the other major tools. I'm sure the IBM sales person would be glad to speak with you about prices ;-).
Re: XDE licensing
From what I've been hearing, they are moving to a per-user license model, but only when existing licenses expire and get renewed.
I'm just a little shocked that the installation media we have requires no license at all. It's also the proper media; no where have I seen "evaluation" or "demo" being mentioned. It's completely stand-alone and does not require TeamTest or anything on the machine.
I'd rather not speak to a sales person until I know. These guys are like stray dogs, once you speak to one you can never get rid of one!! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]