In article <fM6dnYH2JtC12b3eRVn-sA@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, John Chambers says...
> In my case, the main annoyance is that I do a lot of web testing, and in
> labs with a lot of "crash and burn" machines. I do total reinstalls of the
> software fairly often. This often means downloading new versions of
> as many browsers as will run on the machine, which is now a virgin
> system with no licenses. Repeatedly getting a new license for a new
> install is both expensive and time consuming.
Clicking on help - register Opera, and pasting in the serial
is expensive and time consuming?
> So I just use the free
> version. It'll probably be wiped in a week or two anyway.
> A lot of software like opera does have some scheme to remember and
> refresh licenses in such cases.
I Opera's case, the "scheme" is the email you got when you registered
it, containing the serial. It doesn't get much simpler than that does
> But every such packagee is different,
> and in a hectic lab, it's nearly impossible to track the legal requirements
> for licenses for every piece of software on every machine. The only
> practical approach is to throw up your hands, and just download the
> free versions, with all their limitations.
> I kinda figure that, if vendors wanted to make life easy for us testers,
> they'd do so. They don't, so I guess they don't.
Depends on the vendor ofcourse. In Opera's case, you have very little
to complain about.
Odd H. Sandvik