Python Win32 Silent Install

David Ascher DavidA at
Thu Dec 2 07:06:43 CET 2004

Luke Skywalker wrote:

>> On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:15:38 -0500, Steve Holden <steve at>
>> wrote:
>>> 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...
>> Luke.

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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