Flexlm, let me count the ways

Trivial to defeat for the dishonest, a complete hassle and waste of time for the honest, who are we, in the EDA industry, kidding with flexlm licensing? As customers we buy this incredibly sophisticated and powerful (and expensive!) simulation and synthesis software, and then it fails to run at times because of this fragile, buggy license software wrapper around it. Why do we put up with it?

And vendors, you treat your enterprise customers, who shell out tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars for your software, as if you don't trust them? You force them to set up, troubleshoot, and babysit these finicky and frail license servers, just so they can run the software they've already paid you (a lot!) for? Why?


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