Python Win32 Silent Install
DavidA at ActiveState.com
Thu Dec 2 07:06:43 CET 2004
Luke Skywalker wrote:
>> On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:15:38 -0500, Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com>
>>> You are right about ActiveState, the copy you download from their web
>>> site is licensed to prohibit redistribution. They might be prepared
>>> to cut you a special license, but you'd have to ask them about that.
>> Does it mean it's not allowed to build an application with ActiveState
>> Python, and generate an installer that installs the whole thing,
>> forcing users to go to ActiveState's web site and download the
>> interpreter? Gee, that changes everything...
Steve Holden wrote:
> Obviously the license agreement at
> would be the authoritative statement. ActiveState do, however, license
> their distribution for OEM purposes, as the links to the right of the
> above-quoted page suggest.
> However, the current Community License (v4) says: """ ...
> 2. You may make and give away verbatim copies of this Package for
> personal use, or for use within your organization, provided that you
> duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated
> disclaimers. You may not distribute copies of this Package, or copies of
> packages derived from this Package, to others outside your organization
> without specific prior written permission from ActiveState (although you
> are encouraged to direct them to sources from which they may obtain it
> for themselves). ..."""
> This makes is pretty clear that if you plan to distribute outside your
> own organization they expect you to get an OEM license if you want to
> use their distribution.
True -- however it's worth knowing that we often do zero-cost OEM
licensing in a variety of settings, such as magazine/book publishers,
etc. We take each request on a case-by-case basis, and we don't
particularly enjoy squeezing water out of stones [*]. We don't bite, so
people should feel free to email us if they have specific
As an interesting aside, HP licenses ActivePerl for their HP-UX
distributions as part of a more complex contract (we also maintain a
repository of Perl modules for easy installation of binary packages, etc.).
-- David Ascher
Managing Director & Chief Technologist
ActiveState -- Dynamic Tools for Dynamic Languages
[*] That expression is fun, but reminds me of how much water really _is_
in rocks. There's an amazing display at the Smithsonian in DC showing
how much equivalent liquid water is in a cubit foot (IIRC) of various
kinds of rocks. Stunning.
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