Sophos is excited to announce that we are making Sandboxie a free tool, with plans to transition it to an open source tool.
This new evolution of Sandboxie is one we are enthusiastic about, but that does not mean this was an easy decision to make. Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business, and we have been exploring options for its future for a while.
Frankly, the easiest and least costly decision for Sophos would have been to simply end of life Sandboxie. However, we love the technology too much to see it fade away. More importantly, we love the Sandboxie community too much to do that. The Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community and we didn’t want to let you down.
After thoughtful consideration we decided that the best way to keep Sandboxie going was to give it back to its users – transitioning it to an open source tool. We will release more information about the open source project as we continue to work on the details.
Until the open source transition is completed we have decided to make Sandboxie completely free. We have included a FAQ below with more information. We will continue to update this post as additional details become available.
How do I get a free license? What features are included?
Sandboxie currently uses a license key to activate and grant access to premium features only available to paid customers (as opposed to those using a free version). We have modified the code and have released an updated free version that does not restrict any features. In other words, the new free license will have access to all the features previously only available to paid customers.
What if I have time left on my current Sandboxie license?
Regardless of how much time might be left on your existing Sandboxie license, in order to receive the latest updates customers with currently valid license keys will also need to install the latest unrestricted free version . This will ensure you have access to all Sandboxie features and are using the most up-to-date version of the product.
What if I currently do not have a Sandboxie license?
Simply download the unrestricted, free version. No current or previous license is required.
When will Sandboxie be released as open source?
We are investigating making Sandboxie open source, however we are still working through the details and timeline. We will update this FAQ when we know more.
What license agreement will apply to my existing, paid licenses? Will the same agreement apply to the unrestricted, free version that will be made available?
The license agreement under which you originally obtained the paid licenses to Sandboxie will continue to apply to those paid licenses until the expiration of the applicable license term. A new license agreement will apply to licenses of the new unrestricted, free version of Sandboxie made available for download.
An update EULA can be found here: https://www.sandboxie.com/EndUserLicenseAgreement
Will customer support still be available?
As part of our transition to a free and potentially open source product, Sandboxie support will become community based. The community will include developers directly involved with Sandboxie.
People code entire operating systems and guess what, a lot more told them they wouldn't be able too, and now there are hundreds, and for free.When you look at something like "Cheat Engine" or "Process Hacker" these are some examples of open source projects that do "kernel" work and these are not highly payed professional devs owned by Google and MS.Thousands of other devs that don't touch "kernel" stuff continues to support their apps even with its continuous W10 updates, so don't lose hope.And lastly, Windows kernel changes don't happen that often (there will be none for 1909 for example), and when they do it's not always enough for things to break because of it. And finally, 98% of the changes needed for Sandboxie to "make work again" (example. Chrome updated something) are simply template changes that the "community" and notepad can easily figure out and fix.Oh and where was it said that Sophos will be providing literally no more support for it once it goes open source? They don't need to have a full time dev team working on it around the clock, but once every 6-12 months when/if Windows 10 has a major update and something breaks because of it, I'm sure one of their "kernel experts" will dish out a quick fix.
Redacted said:Oh and where was it said that Sophos will be providing literally no more support for it once it goes open source? They don't need to have a full time dev team working on it around the clock, but once every 6-12 months when/if Windows 10 has a major update and something breaks because of it, I'm sure one of their "kernel experts" will dish out a quick fix.
The new EULA says that they won't provide support for the free version of Sandboxie, which is not the same thing, but it makes me think they won't work on it anymore. Right now they barely provide support for only for three web browsers and MS Office.
So what if they don't provide support anymore, there are enough skilled users out there that can fill in that role.
Besides I'm more excited about that tools people can come up based on SB sources that are not sandboxes but other things, I already have a few nice ideas.
An other important aspect to keep in mind is that Sandboxie being so deeply intertwined with the windows kernel would be a great resource/reference to windows kernel development. I'm sure one could learn a lot by studying SB's sources, a lot of students will benefit a lot from using the source as a educational resource for themselves.
lets hope for a fast release.