Legality of using free VMware Workstation Player for alpha and beta testing of Ubuntu?

Aaron Rainbolt arraybolt3 at
Fri May 13 19:34:46 UTC 2022

Thanks, that's what I needed to know! Virt-manager is more than sufficient
for my needs, and I can always cough up the $150-$200 if I really want to
do VMware testing.

Thank you for your time and help!

On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 3:51 AM Shane O'Sullivan <hitsuji at>

> It's a breach of the EULA. I would highly recommend installing
> virt-manager as a suitable alternative.
> On Fri 13 May 2022, 08:17 Aaron Rainbolt, <arraybolt3 at> wrote:
>> I am digging deep into the world of Ubuntu development and am trying to
>> make sure my alpha and beta testing is as effective as possible. I also
>> don't want to cash out an arm and a leg for expensive software to do so.
>> I've been using virt-manager (QEMU/KVM) for testing on virtual machines,
>> and while things seem to be going well, I'd like to test on other
>> hypervisors too for the sake of catching as many bugs as possible.
>> VMware provides their Workstation Player product for free, *for
>> non-commercial use.* Problem is, I can't figure out if using VMware for
>> Ubuntu testing would be considered commercial use. One one hand, I'm not a
>> Canonical employee, nor am I using VMware for employment purposes, so that
>> would be non-commercial, but on the other hand, I'm helping a large
>> enterprise build an OS that is used for commercial purposes, so that seems
>> like commercial use.
>> Do any of y'all do QA testing in the free version of VMware Workstation
>> Player? Does anyone know if this is a legal use of VMware?
>> Thank you for your help and time.
>> (Note: I *think* these kinds of questions are what this mailing list is
>> for, but if I'm misguided and should have sent this to
>> ubuntu-devel-discuss, please let me know and I'll direct these kinds of
>> questions there instead.)
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