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Re^2: Is ActivePerl repositories go free again?

by exilepanda (Pilgrim)
on May 01, 2017 at 06:29 UTC ( #1189237=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Is ActivePerl repositories go free again?
in thread Is ActivePerl repositories go free again?

Oh this is a nice one! I knew about this but never tried then forgot, thanks bring it up again =)

Though, I can locate Tk-TableMatrix in 2 different versions of AS Repositories ( 5.20 and 5.16 )
5.16: http://ppm4.activestate.com/MSWin32-x86/5.16/1604/packge.xml
5.20: http://ppm4.activestate.com/MSWin32-x86-64int/5.20/2003/package.db.gz
Now Perl is 5.24... Is that possibly means it's really free now? XD

Moreover.. I glanced the AS Perl page again.. that content is sightly different from what I can remember before. They are now saying to buy a BS license for Professional support, where I sure they said a BS license is required for production code (but now it's gone).

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Re^3: Is ActivePerl repositories go free again?
by Marshall (Abbot) on May 01, 2017 at 07:38 UTC
    The profile file is an XML document. My current "profile" on this Win XP laptop is shown below.

    What you can or cannot do with software can get into a very complicated legal mess.
    I don't understand this question:
    Now Perl is 5.24... Is that possibly means it's really free now? XD

    There are complicated licensing issues. A main thing that AS wants to prohibit is re-distribution of old software versions. If you install AS Perl on a client machine, they want to force you to install from their website, not an image that might be 5 years old. So I can't just burn my C:\Perl directory onto a DVD and ship that.

    I can ship an Active State generated .exe file as a standalone program. I have a AS PerlApp license. That is fine.

    What you can and cannot do with different licenses of "freeware" is complicated. I am not a lawyer. I haven't built an .exe file in some years. There are AS license requirements as well as each module's limitations. This can get complicated. This can get into a) a technical aspect of whether or not I can generate said .exe file and then b) whether it is legal for me to sell that product (or even give it away free) to you

    My version 5.20 profile:

    If your user installs Active State from the AS website and then "runs" this profile file, that is fine because your user is just re-creating what I did for "free" from the original sources. There is a legal difference between a) I give you my copy of the above software rather than b) you making your own copy direct from the "source". Most modules don't have any source code copy re-distribution limits at all, but Active State software does.

Re^3: Is ActivePerl repositories go free again?
by Anonymous Monk on May 01, 2017 at 06:55 UTC

    Is that possibly means it's really free now?

    Nope, its still pretty much the same as it always was

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