Introduction to Oracle VirtualBox Licensing
This article provides a comprehensive understanding of Oracle VirtualBox Licensing, a crucial aspect of utilizing Oracle’s virtualization software suite.
The key takeaways include:
- Oracle VirtualBox Licensing: Oracle VirtualBox, an open-source virtualization software, requires a license for its Extension Pack software for commercial use. The base edition of VirtualBox is free of charge.
- Oracle VirtualBox Enterprise: If you’re using the Enterprise edition to benefit your business or require additional features, you must purchase licenses as it is considered a commercial use.
- Pricing Models and Costs: Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise requires a commercial license with two pricing models – Named User Plus and Socket. The cost for one named user plus is $50, while the price for a socket license is $1,000 per socket.
- FAQ on Oracle VirtualBox: The article answers common questions about Oracle VirtualBox Licensing, including its benefits, personal and educational use definitions, and how to purchase an Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license.
Understanding these aspects will help you effectively manage and optimize your Oracle VirtualBox licenses.
Learn About Oracle Virtualbox License
Oracle Virtualbox license has become a headache for many organizations.
But what is it? – Oracle VirtualBox is a widely-used, open-source virtualization software initially developed by Innotek, a German company, under a proprietary software license. In 2008, Innotek was acquired by Sun Microsystems, which was later bought by Oracle in 2010.
The product was subsequently rebranded as Oracle VirtualBox. This versatile software is designed for developing, testing, demonstrating, and deploying solutions across multiple platforms on a single machine while supporting a vast array of guest operating systems.
Understanding Oracle VirtualBox License and Its Origins
Oracle representatives have been approaching end users, asserting that a license and/or support agreement is required for downloading Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack software.
This article aims to clarify when a license is necessary and under what conditions for Oracle VirtualBox software.
The Allure of VirtualBox: Why Users Choose It
VirtualBox’s widespread popularity can be attributed to its base edition being free of charge. However, users have cited several other compelling reasons for choosing this software:
- Effortless installation with no need for advanced knowledge to build virtual computers
- Simple addition and transfer of new VMs between hosts
- The ability to suspend and save VM machine states for easy access to previous states
- Unlimited installation and operation of VMs, limited only by disk space and memory
The Extension Pack, however, is subject to restrictions and is only free for personal, educational, or evaluation use. Organizations using the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack software for production or commercial purposes must obtain a commercial license.
Is Oracle Virtualbox Free to use?
You can use VirtualBox Enterprise without a license if you’re not engaging in activities that benefit your company, as it’s crucial to note Oracle’s definitions of personal use, educational use, or evaluation in the Personal Use and Evaluation License Agreement (PUEL).
If you’re using the Enterprise edition to benefit your business or require additional features, you must purchase licenses as it is considered a commercial use.
Oracle VirtualBox Extension Pack
The Oracle VirtualBox Extension Pack is a set of additional functionalities that enhance the base Oracle VirtualBox software.
Here’s a simplified explanation and its impact on licensing:
- What is it? The Extension Pack supports USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices, VirtualBox RDP, disk encryption, NVMe, and PXE boot for Intel cards. These features extend the capabilities of the base VirtualBox software, providing users with more advanced functionalities.
- Licensing Impact: While the base Oracle VirtualBox software is free and open-source, the Extension Pack is not entirely free. It is free for personal, educational, or evaluation use under the Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL). However, for commercial use, a license is required.
- Commercial Use: If you are using the Extension Pack in a commercial environment or in a way that benefits your company or for production purposes, you need to obtain a commercial license. This includes using the software in a business, organization, government, or educational institution.
- Installation: To install the Extension Pack, you simply double-click on the package file (.vbox-extpack file name extension) and follow the prompts.
Remember, understanding the licensing requirements for the Extension Pack is crucial to ensure compliance and avoid any potential legal issues.
Oracle Virtualbox License: Pricing Models and Costs
If the Personal Use and Evaluation License cannot cover your usage of VirtualBox software programs, a commercial license for Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise is required. The following licensing models and associated pricing apply:
Named User Plus:
- List License – 50 USD per Named User Plus
- List Support – 11 USD per Named User Plus
- Minimum number of required licenses: 100 Named User Plus licenses
- List License – 1,000 USD per Socket
- List Support – 220 USD per Socket
By understanding Oracle VirtualBox’s licensing requirements, you can ensure that you remain compliant while taking full advantage of this powerful virtualization software.
FAQ on Oracle Virtualbox
How is VirtualBox licensed?
The complete VirtualBox source code and platform binaries in the base package are licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2). You can distribute and modify the base package if you distribute all modifications under GPLv2. The VirtualBox Extension Pack is licensed under the VirtualBox Extension Pack Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL), free for personal, educational, or evaluation use. An Enterprise License is available for a fee for commercial, non-distribution uses.
Will the licensing terms of the VirtualBox base package change in the future?
There are no plans to change the licensing terms, but this is inconsequential as the GPLv2 license is perpetual and can only be revoked if you violate its terms. License changes would only impact future versions, and compliant users can still redistribute existing VirtualBox code under GPLv2.
What are the benefits of purchasing an Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license?
The Enterprise license allows using the product for commercial purposes or operating a business, organization, government organization, or educational institution. It also helps manage, track, and record VirtualBox Extension Pack software used within your organization, ensuring up-to-date installations and security patches. Oracle offers world-class support for both the Oracle VM VirtualBox base package and the VirtualBox Extension Pack with the Enterprise license.
What is meant by personal use and educational use in the VirtualBox Extension Pack PUEL?
n the PUEL, personal use refers to using the VirtualBox Extension Pack on a single host computer for non-commercial purposes, either on the same host computer or a single client connected to it for remote display of guest computers. Educational use applies to teachers and students in academic institutions as part of the curriculum. Both personal and educational uses exclude commercial purposes or operating a business, organization, government organization, or educational institution.
How can I purchase an Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license?
To purchase Enterprise licenses, visit the Oracle Store or contact Oracle or a reseller. An initial purchase of at least 100 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise Named Workstation User licenses are required.
Can I redistribute the VirtualBox base package binaries?
Yes, under GPLv2, you can distribute the VirtualBox base package binaries, modified or unmodified, as long as you comply with GPLv2 terms and conditions.
What are VirtualBox Guest Additions?
VirtualBox Guest Additions are software drivers and utilities included in the VirtualBox base package. They are installed inside a virtual machine for improved performance and usability. Like the base package, Guest Additions are licensed under GPLv2.
Can I redistribute VirtualBox Guest Additions?
Yes, under GPLv2, you can distribute VirtualBox Guest Additions, modified or unmodified, as long as you comply with GPLv2 terms and conditions.
Can I redistribute the VirtualBox Extension Pack?
Not without a special license from Oracle. Neither the PUEL nor the Enterprise license permits redistributing the VirtualBox Extension Pack binaries.
Oracle VirtualBox free?
Yes, the base edition of Oracle VirtualBox is free of charge. However, the Extension Pack is free for personal, educational, or evaluation use. Commercial or production use of the Extension Pack requires a commercial license.
When do I need a license for Oracle VirtualBox?
You need a license for Oracle VirtualBox when using the Enterprise edition or the Extension Pack for production or commercial purposes within your organization.
What are the pricing models for a commercial license of Oracle VirtualBox?
There are two pricing models for Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise: Named User Plus and Socket. Named User Plus costs 50 USD per user and requires a minimum of 100 licenses, while Socket pricing is 1,000 USD per socket.
Can I use Oracle VirtualBox Enterprise without a license?
Yes, you can use Oracle VirtualBox Enterprise without a license if your usage doesn’t benefit your company and falls under personal use, educational use, or evaluation, as defined by Oracle in the PUEL.
Can VirtualBox be part of Oracle ULA?
Yes, VirtualBox can be included in your Oracle ULA.
Is Oracle including VirtualBox in Oracle license audits?
No, we have never encountered VirtualBox being part of any Oracle license audit.
Need expert help?
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- Assessing your use of Oracle VirtualBox:
- Evaluate the current deployment of Oracle VirtualBox in your organization
- Identify the number of users, instances, and purposes of usage
- Determine whether your usage falls under personal, educational, evaluation, or commercial purposes
- Optimizing your Oracle VirtualBox licensing:
- Analyze your organization’s needs and requirements for Oracle VirtualBox features
- Provide recommendations on the most suitable licensing model (Named User Plus or Socket) for cost-effectiveness
- Ensure the correct number of licenses are procured to meet your organization’s needs without overspending
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