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Delphi Community Edition available: good move for Embarcadero, but be careful how much revenue you make

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/19

On [WayBack] Delphi Community Edition available: – Uwe Raabe – Google+, the links to the [WayBackEULA, [WayBack] FAQ and [WayBack] Feature Matrix were shared.

In summary (read the G+ thread for more), the Delphi Community Edition is a web-installer of version 10.2.3 feature equivalent to the Delphi Professional Edition.

I think it is a good move to make Delphi more accessible to many more people.

A few restrictions apply, for instance there is also a C++ Builder Community Edition equivalent to the C++ Builder Professional edition, but you cannot install them on the same system at the time time.

Also, you cannot move around the command-line compiler to a different system (for instance a build-machine for Continuous Integration purposes).

The financial restriction that applies can be summarised as this: When the revenue you make during the year exceeds USD 5000 you have to stop using the Community Edition license.

Note that this is about revenue, not about income (which many define as “net of revenues and expenses”), and does not mention the revenue source, so watch this during the years you use the Community Edition.

Furthermore, Embarcadero indicates they collect information about your use of the Community Edition, but the [WayBack] privacy statement is not clear how.

All in all I hope this move attracts fresh people into the Delphi community.

The heise – the German flagship IT journal – likes it too: [WayBack] Delphi und C ++ Builder als Community Edition | heise Developer (via [WayBack] Some nice PR … Embarcadero-konfektioniert-Delphi-und-C-Builder-als-Community-Edition-4115563… – Roland Kossow – Google+)

–jeroen

2 Responses to “Delphi Community Edition available: good move for Embarcadero, but be careful how much revenue you make”

  1. HeartWare said

    I noticed that the feature matrix said:

    Comprehensive VCL and FMX component sets Limited
    Library source code Limited

    Does anyone know what this means?

  2. KMorwath said

    Hope they read the GDPR…. or the fines could be a little higher than $5000…

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