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Re: ActiveState EULA : Is my code safe?

by arturo (Vicar)
on Jul 29, 2002 at 20:04 UTC ( #186064=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to ActiveState EULA : Is my code safe?

The basic idea behind the restrictions seems to be "don't use an evaluation copy of our IDE to generate code you intend to keep." From the lawyers' point of view (yes, they all share a single one, that's what law school is *for* =), that's like stealing from them -- they provide it to you so you can *evaluate* the product, but what you do if you keep the code is enjoy its benefits for free. I suspect they believe that not having such a restriction will impact their revenues.

What they probably didn't count on is that the ill-will generated may impact their revenues more than legions of would-be Larry Ellisons using the evaluation license to write the world's next killer app, then dumping Komodo altogether. Maybe the idea is to get you to think the IDE will make you *so productive* that you could feasibly follow such a strategy, rather than, oh, I don't know, learn to use a text editor you already have available to you (tho' I confess I'd be lost in Java development without an IDE there, but the one I use is open source).

Sigh, just one more reason to use foreach( 'vim?', 'x?emacs') =) 1 The answer to the question of whether you should use it is "no," and it would be even cooler if you tell them why you refuse to use it. I mean, they must know what open source is, the thing is built using Mozilla and it is supposed to help you develop in Perl and PHP.

1 Yes. All of them. And more.

I mistrust all systematizers and avoid them. The will to a system shows a lack of integrity -- F. Nietzsche


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