Why is it more of a hassle to use Lightroom on three computers than to use Photoshop?

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I own three computers: A desktop, a recently acquired laptop, and a still serviceable laptop that I use occasionally.

If I understand things correctly, the license agreement for Photoshop allows me to install it on all three machines, so long as it is activated on no more than two at a time. Moreover, I believe that Adobe recently changed their policy to remove the limits on activations and deactivations, so if I am taking a laptop somewhere, I just have to be sure that Photoshop is activated on it before I go.

The situation with Lightroom is different, because there is no way to deactivate it once it is installed. I asked customer service what I should do if I wanted to use it on three machines, and was offered two options: (1) Buy two copies; or (2) Uninstall and reinstall each time I wanted to switch machines. I haven't tried it, but I do not think that this advice is correct, because I do not think that uninstalling Lightroom actually unregisters it, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

Be that as it may, I'm writing this note to say that some other software vendors solve this problem more congenially than Adobe. Some of them allow their products to be installed on three computers, not just two. Some of them will sell you a third license at half price. Others will give you a third license for the asking if you have a reasonable explanation. Still others will say "Actually, we'll let you install on any number of computers as long as you use it only on one at a time."

Is anyone at Adobe reading this who might be willing to press for a more reasonable policy for Lightroom?
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