[kde-community] Windows licenses

Patrick von Reth patrick at von-reth.de
Wed Jan 22 08:19:47 UTC 2014

Hi I really like the idea but keep in mind that keeping a kde setup up and running does take a lot of work, and an unlimited set of licences would not help us at all if no one manages the vms.
In my experience it is no problem having mingw and msvc setup on one system, you probably don't want to compile with both all the time but the system will handle it quite fine, in in case of vms the io operations on the same hardware would stay the same. 
It still would be useful to have one server instance for mingw and one for msvc because then multiple people could work at the same time and as both setups are independent the amount of work to manage them is not increased.
For pacman: pacman is as far as I know only part of msys2 , and quite useful there to install dev tools etc, but it is of no use for us, as we don't want users to install msys to install kde, and we don't want to develop stuff inside of msys.

From: pgquiles at elpauer.org
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:37:54 +0100
To: kde-community at kde.org
Subject: Re: [kde-community] Windows licenses

On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM, Martin Gräßlin <mgraesslin at kde.org> wrote:

On Monday 20 January 2014 23:20:48 Pau Garcia i Quiles wrote:

> Hello,


> Has anyone tried to contact Microsoft to get KDE included in their

> non-profit program?


> I got confirmation from Claudia the KDE eV does comply with the requisites

> for German organizations (attached are the terms)


> http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/nonprofits/whos-el

> igible/


> This could give us licenses for Windows (desktop and server) and Visual

> Studio for free (and suually more software too). The Windows Server

> licenses could be used for Jenkins build machines.

Could this be used to provide a virtual machine (or a remote login server)

with all the Qt/KF5 build setup, so that devs not having Windows at all could

easily test their changes?

It depends on what version of Windows we would receive (assuming the optimistic case where we actually receive something, of course).
E. g. Windows Server Datacenter version allows for unlimited Windows Server VMs. Windows Server Standard allows for only 2 Windows Server VMs. Windows Server Essentials no VMs. Windows 7/8/etc VMs are not allowed unless Software Assurance is included.

Let's see if we are accepted, then we will see what we can do with whatever we receive.

Pau Garcia i Quiles

(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)

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