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I see that NOD32 is close to EOL. I am a home user on Linux. The email from eset suggests purchasing ESET Protect Entry / ESET Protect Essential. I am a multi-platform license user and so my understanding is that I will not receive a replacement product.

Moving forward both options put forward by eset seem to have a minimum user license of 5. Have I misunderstood or is there an eset product for Linux that supports one user license?

Thanks
Richard

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As far as licensing or pricing is concerned, we recommend contacting your local authorized ESET distributor since it may vary from country to country.

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Thank you for the reply Marcos and Foneil.

So basically a previous single multi-device EIS license was £40 and a 5 user license being £59.99 that I could use with Linux is now with ESET Protect Entry a minimum of 5 licenses for £169.80 and if I want a gui(Cloud Console) then it is £212. If I understand correctly. So a 430% price increase, in the year of Linux too :p
(£40x430%=£212. I know some of that is VAT but not being VAT registered I have to pay).

An option of buying less licenses would leave a more viable option for home users. I presume there are so few home Linux users it's not worth ESET's time.

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Marcos went a little further explaining in this thread but yes, it's essentially development and maintenance costs.

 

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I always loved ESET NOD32 for Linux, and I have used it on my desktop, personal notebook and work notebook. However, I was surprised with the news that it will be discontinued on next year. The business version is clearly not good for home users due to the cost and the dependencies on ESET PROTECT.

So, I think the business version could have two interfaces: the actual ESET PROTECT for business cases, and a more simple GUI for home users. In this case, the main daemon do not need to be changed, and the home GUI could be used to control the main daemon.

On business environments, admins will install only daemons on workstations, as they do today, and home users will install the current daemon and a small interface to control the daemon.

Is that possible?

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Yes, technically it would certainly be possible. The problem is that home users are no longer profitable enough for ESET. Is that good or bad? They are developing the Ver8 Business version for the sake of "keeping up with new threats", but for home users they will drop what was there as well. Are home Linux users less at risk than business users? If so, that's good. If not, it's bad.

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15 hours ago, czesetfan said:

Yes, technically it would certainly be possible. The problem is that home users are no longer profitable enough for ESET. Is that good or bad? They are developing the Ver8 Business version for the sake of "keeping up with new threats", but for home users they will drop what was there as well. Are home Linux users less at risk than business users? If so, that's good. If not, it's bad.

What I've gotten from what I've seen from Eset is if costs too much to run the Linux home user version which is based on an older version. The cost issue is mainly due to lack of users e.g the amount of users is too small to justify the cost.

I'm not a Linux user but from what I can see the business versions use a newer system not compatible with the old home version. What I wonder is if there was a way to basically use the business version but with the features of the home version in a way that wouldn't incur any additional costs as it is using the business version rather than its own separate version 

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On 8/30/2021 at 8:52 AM, czesetfan said:

Yes, technically it would certainly be possible. The problem is that home users are no longer profitable enough for ESET. Is that good or bad? They are developing the Ver8 Business version for the sake of "keeping up with new threats", but for home users they will drop what was there as well. Are home Linux users less at risk than business users? If so, that's good. If not, it's bad.

I believe so the v8 for Home edition will be released some time , but it would have a minimal GUI , I believe by the time the GUI will be better , but I think the Business part is more important to them as mostly that where most of their customers are in the Business part , but I believe after that when the Endpoint v8 for Linux Business get a proper GUI , it will be imported to Home edition and then released to Public , but I wonder when that will happen.

As I also don't use ESET Protect but I need the Linux v8

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Well, since the home version is gonna be discontinued by 2023 and we're in 2021, I very much hope that we're gonna have a proper GUI in ESET V8 by then...

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Of course, if there's a big demand for a Linux product from home users in the future, we would consider creating such product.

As Marcos said: "Of course, if there's a big demand for a Linux product from home users in the future, we would consider creating such product." That said, there is currently no plan to prepare a HOME version of NOD32 for Linux. And I'm afraid that the "big interest" of home users is probably not going to happen. For example, also judging by the weak demand here on the forum. So the only question remains, what are the alternatives?

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