Docker new licensing

Docker has recently updated there licensing, and since Discourse uses docker I was curious if there was anything actionable here?

Here’s a summary of key changes:

  • Our Docker Subscription Service Agreement include a change to the terms of use for Docker Desktop.
  • It remains free for small businesses (fewer than 250 employees AND less than $10 million in annual revenue), personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.
  • It requires a paid subscription for professional use in larger enterprises.
  • The effective date of these terms is August 31, 2021. There is a grace period until January 31, 2022 for those that will require a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop.
  • The existing Docker Free subscription has been renamed Docker Personal and we have introduced a Docker Business subscription.
  • The Docker Pro, Team, and Business subscriptions include commercial use of Docker Desktop.

We’re introducing a new product subscription, Docker Business , for large enterprises that require features like registry restrictions, SSO, secure software supply chain management, and more.

It’s also important to note that the licensing and distribution terms for Docker and Moby open source projects, such as Docker Engine, are not changing.

Docker is Updating and Extending Our Product Subscriptions - Docker Blog.

Discourse is a business, and many businesses use Discourse.

Overall, just trying to gauge if this is something that affects Discourse or not. And if it does, if there’s anything actionable for procurements.

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Discourse uses Docker Engine in production, which is not affected by the aforementioned licensing update. The only applicable scenario I can see would be if one were to run Discourse in development mode using the Docker guide (and only if they were using Docker Desktop, e.g MacOS or Windows with the Docker Desktop WSL integration enabled).


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