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CT licence and Linux upgrades

My Linux distro (MX Linux 18.3) has been just upgraded to a new version (19) but requires a completely new installation. Now, what happens to the current CT license when I install the new version? Shall I need a new one?


Within the three-year support period, you can submit a support ticket to help you transfer the license after CafeTran reinstallation on the upgraded system.

Also, if you restore from a backup (so that CafeTran has the exact same file path as before), you probably won't have to import a new licence.

In other words, the licence is valid as long as CafeTran is always run from a specific file path (at least in GNU/Linux).

Thanks Igor and Jean. I thought that CTE would consider MX Linux 19 as a completely different OS from MX Linux 18, therefore as a different installation. But, the file path is going to be the same and the hardware too.

If only upgrading Linux were as easy as upgrading Windows and Mac...

Generally, it is quite easy to upgrade, depending on the GNU/Linux distribution.

I've done so three times since installing Ubuntu 18.04, with few hurdles. There are even rolling-release distros.

The impossibility to migrate from MX Linux 18 to 19 is quite striking, since it's based on Debian and Debian 9 users can migrate to Debian 10... But the dev's know best.

So upgrades and clean installs are generally not a problem, if you keep your application directory intact?

I'm a Fedora user who favors clean installs for iterative upgrades, so the license being "unique to your computer" was a bit concerning.

One day, I hope, CTE license management will be done automatically through a server, that is without Igor's manual intervention. This way, users would be able to easily and instantaneously switch between their hundreds of computers in complete freedom. (And Linux users can better enjoy distro hopping without worrying not being able to use CTE in any possible distro.)

Currently, I have too Windows PCs set up to run a licensed CTE, which means that I am covered should either of the two fails without disturbing Igor, but I've decided to try again Linux on a couple of idle PCs, in which case an automatic licensing system would be ideal.


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