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I'm planning to get a pc and install both Linux and Windows in it, do I need to get 2 different license for each OS, or 1 is enough?

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 25 May 2016
The "Standard" / "Professional" / "Commercial" license (all the same thing) are the only variety that can be installed on up to 4 computers. The Student licenses, and Home licenses, can only be installed on one computer.
When you activate under MS Windows, by default it uses the hard disk serial number to lock against. I have recently noted in the documentation that it is possible to activate on MS Windows against an ethernet address, but I do not know how to do that.
Linux and OS-X both lock against ethernet addresses.
None of the license types are deliberately restricted to a single operating system. However, you might need some assistance from technical support to get your license properly activated in a dual-boot situation involving different operating systems.

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Todd Leonhardt
Todd Leonhardt on 25 May 2016
Edited: Todd Leonhardt on 25 May 2016
You can choose to use your Matlab license to be based on a per user basis, in which case you can install your license on up to 4 computers / OSes, but only you can use it not other users.
Alternatively you can use the license as a node locked license where it is one computer /OS but all users on that computer.
When you activate your license you need to choose which way you are using it.
So as long as it is just you, 1 license is fine for both OSes.


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