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It looks like the Ubuntu Software Centre can only work with static license keys. Will it also support dynamic license keys based order details (name, date, email, etc)?

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The situation here is that some applications use user-details to create the license making it unique. For example, you might use the customers e-mail address as an input to the hash.

We've been asked for this feature a number of times so we're certainly aware of the need. However, each developer uses a different process to generate their licenses. Consequently, we'd either need to provide a system within Ubuntu (ie a library) or some sort of API integration within the Apps portal. Either of these would be complex undertakings.

So, for the moment it's going to be static licenses and we'll probably concentrate on mechanisms like e-mail notification.

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How about allowing us to specify an URL for a script where you can HTTP POST order details and receive a file with the license key in return? Is this what you mean by "some sort of API integration within the Apps portal"? All you have to do is document the parameters that you use. – Nicu Oct 25 '11 at 10:18
can you comment on the suggestion I made in the previous comment? – Nicu Oct 28 '11 at 5:53
@Nicu that is what Steve meant by "some sort of API integration". – zoopster Nov 1 '11 at 15:10

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