Non-Commercial Software FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does noncommercial mean?
Non-commercial means that you are not getting compensated in any form for the products and/or services you develop using these Intel® Software Products.

Our use is non-commercial, but I am part of a group project all needing to use these products. What can I do?
Non-commercial license is an individual-use license, and as such each member of the group project would need to obtain their own copy of the product and license to use it in the project. In addition, to qualify for the non-commercial license the individual in the group project applying for the non-commercial license cannot receive any form of compensation for working on the group project.

I am engaged in research projects. Can I qualify to use the noncommercial product?
If you, as an individual, are receiving any form of compensation for the research project (i.e., you receive a salary, or funding, etc.) you do not qualify for a non-commercial license. However, if your research is a personal project for which you are not getting compensated in any way, you do qualify for a noncommercial-use license.

I am a student. Can I use the non-commercial product for my class projects?
No. You may, however, qualify for a student license. (Click to education offerings page)

I am a professor. Can I use the non-commercial product as part of the coursework I teach?
No. Teaching is a profession and you are getting compensated for it. You may, however, qualify for the academic license. (Click to education offerings page)

I am engaged in academic research. Can I use the non-commercial product?
If you, as an individual, are receiving any form of compensation for the research project (i.e., you receive a salary, or funding, etc.), you do not qualify for a non-commercial use license. However, you may qualify for the academic license (Click to education offerings page)

Do the features vary between the non-commercial and commercial product?
At the current time, the non-commercial product offerings have the same features as the commercial product. However, Intel reserves the right to change this policy without notice at any time. In addition, the licenses provided include limited support and are not renewable.

Is there a specific time period for this offering?
No, there is no specific time frame for this offer.

Are there any plans to offer all Intel® Software Development Products under this license?
Intel will continue to examine its product portfolio and make changes to the product offerings on an ongoing basis. This may include adding or removing products from this offering.

Are there any plans to offer non-commercial products for other operating systems?
At the current time, the non-commercial products are only offered on Linux*.

Which versions of Linux* are supported in these products?
Please refer to the product documentation that accompanies the product for a list of supported distributions of Linux*.

If I use the non-commercial product to build my product, can I open source it?
The FAQ for GNU GPL has information related to this question. Please refer to the GNU website "Frequently Asked Questions about the GNU GPL" at: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html For further clarification, please contact the Free Software Foundation at:
 

Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA
gnu@gnu.org
+1-617-542-5942

I'm developing a product that I provide for free. However, I do charge for supporting this product. Can I use the noncommercial products for developing this product?
No. Even though the product you develop is free, it is part of an overall commercial offering.

Based on the guidelines in the FAQ, I don't qualify for a non-commercial use license. However, I still feel my situation should qualify for non-commercial use license. What should I do?
Please send us your contact information and why you think your use qualifies in an email to noncomsoftware@intel.com

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