FAQs

General Questions

Are you still selling your open source language builds?

Yes, you can get your own open source language build in a number of ways. You can create your own build on the fly with our Platform on all of our Platform tiers. ActiveState can also build, maintain and support your build in the Platform Enterprise tier.

Do you still sell your past products, e.g. ActiveState Business Edition, Enterprise Edition and OEM Editions?

We don’t sell new licenses for past products. Instead, we’ll provide comparable functionality and new features through the ActiveState Platform. Customers can build their own off-the shelf open source language builds or make requests for custom builds AND get additional functionality.

ActiveState’s Platform accounts are sold based on the tiers below:

  • ActiveState Platform Coder Tier
  • ActiveState Platform Team Tier
  • ActiveState Platform Business Tier
  • ActiveState Platform Enterprise Tier
    • Includes custom package request
    • OEM Add-on available

See more information in our Platform pricing page here.

Do you still provide Community Edition?

Yes, we provide Community Edition (CE) for our Python, Perl, Tcl, Go and Ruby open source language builds. Find licensing information here. You can also create a free Community tier account on the ActiveState Platform to share public projects and try to add or remove any packages you’d like to a CE language build.

Click here for downloads:

ActiveState’s Python, ActivePython
ActiveState’s Perl, ActivePerl
ActiveState’s Tcl, ActiveTcl
ActiveState’s Go, ActiveGo
ActiveState’s Ruby, ActiveRuby

Are you still selling Komodo?

Komodo IDE is now included as part of the Platform functionality. You can create an account and download your Komodo software. All tiers include Komodo; the Coder, Team, Business and Enterprise tiers include Komodo as part of your paid Platform subscription. And for a limited time, Komodo will be offered as a trial within the free Community tier subscription.

I’m interested in a custom open source language build. What should I do?

Please schedule a call with us here. We’d be happy to understand what specific requirements you have. Please note we provide custom builds as part of the Platform Enterprise tier.

Where can I find licensing information?

General information can be found on our licensing page here. You can also reference the specific license terms within each tier’s End User License Agreement (EULA) here.

ActiveState Platform Questions

How is the ActiveState Platform unique?

It enables self-serve & instant configuration of language builds. The Platform automates the build engineering cycle for open source languages. It builds your open source languages with the packages you need; dependencies are managed and licenses are handled.

Plus, the ActiveState Platform monitors vulnerabilities and compliance risks of programs built with open source languages.

How do you define a 'Platform User'?

As indicated on the pricing page, a Platform User is a person who:

  • Uses the Platform to download ActiveState-provided runtimes or create their own builds/runtimes
  • Uses the Platform to check the security and license status of components inside their runtimes, or check where they are running
  • Needs to have visibility into all the enterprise users of open source languages

A person does NOT need to be included in the User count if:

  • the person is coding with a runtime that they obtained after the runtime was initially downloaded or created
  • the person uses an application or algorithm that was created by the language runtime after the runtime was shipped. This person’s machine may need to be licensed as a Node. Contact Sales to further discuss your use case and ensure you have the right license.

Who could use the Platform?

ActiveState provides everyone in the SDLC, from dev to DevSecOps, hassle free building, managing and monitoring of software that has been built with open source languages. Anyone using open source languages, whether you’re programming with them, managing them or embedding software built with them could benefit from the ActiveState Platform.

E.g. Engineering Teams, Developers, IT groups, Data Scientists, DevOps and DevSecOps groups.

What open source languages does the Platform support?

You can obtain custom builds for Python, Perl, Tcl and Go on the Platform. The Platform’s Beta functionality also supports custom build your own language distro. Currently Python is supported, and Perl, Tcl and Go will be available soon.

We know enterprises run in polyglot environments. And we support polyglot environments.

Contact us if there’s a specific language you want!

How do you charge for this?

It’s a Freemium model, with five tiers. The first is paid annually. The Community tier provides free usage of some of the Platform’s functionality.

How do I know which tier is right for me?

Depends what you need, and how you will be working with the open source language builds. Information on each tier follows.

ActiveState Platform Coder Tier – ideal for single coder
Licensed as an annual subscription. Offers the ability to build your own Python, Tcl or Perl distributions (any version) for 32- and 64-bit Linux, Mac and Windows platforms for development use only. Also offers access to Komodo IDE.

ActiveState Platform Team Tier – ideal for small teams or business units
Licensed as an annual subscription. Offers the ability to build your own Python, Tcl or Perl distributions (any version) for 32- and 64-bit Linux, Mac and Windows platforms. Includes 4 users and 1 Beyond Development Use License for any language distribution created on the ActiveState Platform, as well as commercial support. Also includes access to Komodo IDE.

ActiveState Platform Team Tier User Bundle
May only be sold to customers that have purchased the ActiveState Platform Team Tier. Includes an additional 4 users and 1 Beyond Development Use License for any language distribution created on the ActiveState Platform.

ActiveState Platform Business Tier – ideal for SMBs
Licensed as an annual subscription. Offers the ability to build your own Python, Tcl or Perl distributions (any version) for 32- and 64-bit Linux, Mac and Windows platforms. Includes 10 users and 8 Beyond Development Use Licenses for any language distribution created on the ActiveState Platform, as well as commercial support. Also includes access to Python Security & Compliance features and Komodo IDE.

ActiveState Platform Business Tier User Bundle
May only be sold to customers that have purchased the ActiveState Platform Business Tier. Includes an additional 5 users and 4 Beyond Development Use Licenses for any language distribution created on the ActiveState Platform.

ActiveState Platform Enterprise Tier – ideal for large enterprises
Offers:

  • OEM licensing for bundling/re-distributing ActiveState’s Python, Tcl or Perl distributions with their applications. Pricing varies. Contact us to discuss your customers’ needs.
  • Indemnification against IP infringement lawsuits for ActiveState’s Python, Tcl or Perl distributions. Pricing varies. Contact us to discuss your customers’ needs.
  • Custom builds of ActiveState’s Python, Tcl or Perl distributions. Pricing varies. Contact us to discuss your customers’ needs.

See more information in our Platform pricing page here.

Are you still providing support and indemnification?

Yes, Platform Enterprise tier customers can obtain support and indemnification. Support is also provided at the Team and Business tier levels.

See more information in our Platform pricing page here.