Altera's Quartus II software is now running on my Fedora box, but I was really hoping to load it into a grid of Amazon EC2 instances so I could batch out jobs for synthesis, place and route. Unfortunately the free-beer Quartus software requires a license file that is generated based on your MAC address. Bah! Amazon doesn't provide persistent MAC addresses AFAICT.
Are they trying to prevent this kind of use, or are they just behind the times? Altera - please make your software cloud ready! I'd really like to try out condor's ec2 support to speed up this kind of work.
It's a shame that there are no credible Free Software alternatives to these tools.
Maybe there's some way to make this work. Please comment below if you have the clue that I'm missing...