VMware Desktop Hypervisor Pro Apps Now Available for Personal Use

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VMware Desktop Hypervisor Pro Apps Now Available for Personal Use

Post by dmjb » Tue May 14, 2024 2:18 pm

For those using VMware as a hobbyist, both VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Fusion Pro are now free for personal use:

https://blogs.vmware.com/cloud-foundati ... sonal-use/


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Post by snadow » Tue May 14, 2024 2:35 pm

dmjb wrote:
Tue May 14, 2024 2:18 pm
For those using VMware as a hobbyist, both VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Fusion Pro are now free for personal use:
Interesting. Looks like it isn't 100% bad news coming out of the Broadcom assimilation of VMware. Just 99%!

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Post by cct » Tue May 14, 2024 6:50 pm

Good news, but I will stick with KVM/QEMU - works very well for me
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Re: VMware Desktop Hypervisor Pro Apps Now Available for Personal Use

Post by sms » Tue May 14, 2024 9:23 pm

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   Sounds good.  Thanks for the notice.

   Now, if a few more of the relevant links worked, then it might do
more than merely _sound_ good.

   I fought my way to the new (13.5.2) VMware Fusion kit [*], but the
new free-Pro license scheme seems to require removing the old Player
license, any way to do which I have yet to find.  (I'd prefer to avoid
uninstall+install.)

[*] "For the full story, check out Michael's posts on the Fusion and
Workstation blogs." worked better for me than "downloading the latest
build from the new download portal located at support.broadcom.com."

      https://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2024/05/fusion-pro-now-available-free-for-personal-use.html

> [...] You must update to 13.5.2, but removing the existing Player key
> will unlock the full "Pro for Personal Use" licensing without needing
> any additional keys. Here is a simple KB that describes what to do:
> http://kb.vmware.com/s/article/97817

which is one the useless links.  The obvious menu allows _changing_ a
license key, but I saw no way to _remove_ one.

   Presumably, they'll improve this, eventually.  (Mergers and
acquisitions -- how hard could they be?)
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