Thanks for getting in touch,
I’m sorry to hear that this has caused you some confusion.
In summary, the Octopus community license will activate upon Trial License expiry (which is attained via the
Try for Free option in the pricing area of our website, since the Trial license is unlimited in the number of users/projects & machines it can manage, this is normally used for proof of concept scenarios where hundreds of targets may need to be created/deployed to.
The community license, however, allows an unlimited number of Users and Projects (the same as the trial license restraints) whilst specifically retaining a maximum of 5 Deployment Targets.
Further to this machine limit, the machines that count towards that limit include Tentacle, SSH endpoints and Offline Drops (Cloud Regions are not counted towards the machine limit in your license)
If you would like to immediately begin using the Community Edition instead of going through the Trial phase you can select
I want to use the free Community Edition via Configuration > License in the Octopus Portal. (This can avoid some headache as if you create more than 5 targets in the Trial License phase, you would need to retrospectively go back and delete targets to reduce this to a maximum of 5 in order to continue deployments when the Community license takes effect, upon Trial License expiry i,e, 45 days)
To avoid confusion also, the Deployment Targets located on the right below ‘License Usage’ reflects the number of machines currently in use, not what your license is currently capped to, I thought I’d mention this in the event you notice this and are confused by the value.
I hope this helps!
Please let me know if you require any further assistance or clarification