Ubuntu: Is sublime legal to use? [closed]



Question:

I use sublime as my primary text editor. I've installed it using this ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-2  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install sublime-text  

After I use if for a while, when I try to save any unsaved work i get an warning saying "This is unregistered evaluation version"

When I click "Cancel" on the dialog box. It allows me to continue using. So is it okay to use the unlimited trial version?

Need advice from AskUbuntu experts.

Thanks


Solution:1

Sublime is provided as freeware to a certain degree. If you want nightly builds, and the ability to get support from the developer to incorporate your requests into Sublime, then you would need to purchase a license for it. The beta builds of Sublime are usually not far behind the licensed version, so there's really no point in buying a license for it unless you want to use it without breaking usage terms, need the support, nightly builds, or the dialog is just simply annoying.

Note that if you have already decided you are going to use it, and have moved from evaluating it to using it, then you've broken the usage terms. It is likely to be illegal or at least unethical.


Solution:2

"Okay" in what sense? Are you "evaluating" the software? If so, then carry on evaluating until you can make a decision on whether to use it or not. If you have already decided you are going to use it, and have moved from evaluating it to using it, then you've broken the usage terms and you are a bad boy or girl and will go to whatever place of damnation awaits you according to your belief system.

You can prevent that eternal damnation by shelling out $59 - sounds like a good deal to me.


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