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 +===== Licensing ======
 +
 +ChibiOS is available under 3 options:
 +
 +  - Entirely free and Open Source under a mix of GPL3 and Apache2.0 licenses depending on the module.
 +  - Free under a commercial licenses with some restrictions (no GPL code).
 +  - Full commercial license with several purchase options: 1000 cores, 5000 cores, unlimited.
 +
 +|< 100% 100px 80px 80px 80px - 140px >|
 +^License ​         ^     ​Type ​     ^  Cost  ^   ​Notes ​   ^Use cases  ^Obtain ​   ^
 +^GPL3 Apache2.0 ​  ​| ​ FOSS<​sup>​1</​sup> ​ |  Free  |        no         ​|Evaluation,​ open source projects, hobby, teaching, learning, business where GPL3 license is acceptable. ​ |[[https://​osdn.net/​projects/​chibios/​releases|Download Now]]  |
 +^Commercial Free  |  Proprietary ​ |  Free  |  yes<​sup>​2</​sup> ​ |Small volumes, prototyping. ​ |[[chibios:​forms:​requestlicense|Request a License]] ​ |
 +^Commercial Full  |  Proprietary ​ |  Paid  |  no   ​|Large scale deployment<​sup>​3</​sup>​. ​ |[[chibios:​forms:​requestquote|Request a Quote]] ​ |
 +
 +  - Free/​Open-Source Software.
 +  - Mandatory advertisement of ChibiOS use in products. Maximum 500 cores deployment, renewable. Read-only source code. Some advanced features not available.
 +  - Available in 1000, 5000 or unlimited cores deployment options.
 +
 +==== Products Licensing Matrix ====
 +
 +The various products that are part of ChibiOS are available under different licenses, this is the matrix:
 +
 +|< 100% 100px 100px 100px 100px 100px - >|
 +^Component ​    ​^ ​ GPL3  ^  Apache2.0 ​ ^  Commercial Free  ^  Commercial Full  ^Notes ​ ^
 +^RT            |  yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^NIL           ​| ​ yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^RT/NIL ports  |  yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^OSLIB ​        ​| ​ yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^SB            |  yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^EX            |  yes   ​| ​     no     ​| ​       yes        |      yes     ​| ​ |
 +^HAL           ​| ​  ​no ​  ​| ​    ​yes ​    ​| ​        ​no ​       |       ​no ​    |It is a **free-only** product. ​ |
 +
 +==== Licensing F.A.Q. ====
 +
 +The following matrix describes what you can or can't do under the various licensing schemes:
 +
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 +^Question ​    ​^ ​ GPL3  ^  Apache2.0 ​ ^  Commercial Free  ^  Commercial Full  ^
 +|Is ChibiOS free?  |  free  |  free  |  free  |  priced ​ |
 +|Can I use ChibiOS in my closed source embedded product? ​  ​| ​ no  |  yes  |  yes  |  yes  |
 +|Do I have to open my source code?   ​| ​ yes  |  no  |  no  |  no  |
 +|Do I have the right to modify the ChibiOS source code?   ​| ​ yes  |  yes  |  read-only ​ |  yes  |
 +|Do I have to open source my changes to ChibiOS? ​  ​| ​ yes  |  no  |  -  |  no  |
 +|Do I have to document that my product uses ChibiOS? ​  ​| ​ yes  |  no  |  yes  |  no  |
 +|Do I have to offer the ChibiOS code to users of my product? ​  ​| ​ yes  |  no  |  no  |  no  |
 +|Is support available? ​  ​| ​ public ​ |  public ​ |  public ​ |  public or **premium** ​ |
 +|Is a warranty provided? ​  ​| ​ no  |  no  |  no  |  yes  |
 +|Is ChibiOS deployment unlimited? ​  ​| ​ unlimited ​ |  unlimited ​ |  500  |  1000, 5000 or **unlimited** ​ |
 +|Differences in features? ​  ​| ​ full  |  full  |  intermediate ​ |  full  |
 +
 +==== License Details and Prices ====
 +
 +Commercial documents, please [[chibios:​forms:​contactus|Contact us]] for details.
 +
 +=== Licenses ===
 +
 +Note that additional licensing solutions can be discussed, the list includes only common ones.
 +
 +{{filelist>:​documents:​licenses:​*.pdf&​showsize=1}}
 +
 +=== Prices ===
 +
 +This is for reference only it is recommended to [[chibios:​forms:​requestquote|Request an Official Quote]].
 +
 +{{filelist>:​documents:​prices:​*.pdf&​showsize=1}}