SAP NetWeaver – free for private use – Why not?
These days are some discussions and movement in the area of licenses. On one side there is a discussion about bringing WebDynpro into open source, as discussed in the Web Dynpro for Open Source? of Benny Schaich-Lebek and in other blogs. On the other side there will be new developer licenses on the horizont, as described from New developer licenses for NetWeaver on the horizon. At least there will be a new SAP code exchange landing page now on SDNon SDN.
All these brings me to one idea: A lot of software vendors have a “free for private use” version. Could this be a model for SAP Netweaver? Why not!
The possibility that SAP will earn money with private enduser seems very low. The attention created from such a license could be high.
Imagine WebDynpro and the Portal could be used for private application and homepages… Probably some developer would write and share private applications. This power could influence the commercial part, perhaps some of these private applications could be used in the commercial environment.
A further effect is, that more developer would take attention to the SAP NetWeaver, as without such a “free for private use” version.
What is the difference between the already existing Trail Version and the “free for privat use” version? At first the license should be unlimited or at least one year. Next it should be allowed to use the “free for private use” for private applications and homepages. My own portal on my private hompage – nice idea.
What do you think about this? Could such a “free for private use” version push SAP Netweaver? What is the danger of such a step?