- The program allows Python-based projects to create and share smaller and more secure Python distributions for multiple operating systems using the ActiveState Platform
- The ActiveState Platform provides a build engineering service that developers can call on-demand to automatically build a custom runtime from source
ActiveState has announced a free early access program for qualifying open source projects to the ActiveState Platform. It said that the early access program is a prelude to the company offering free access to the Platform for all qualified open source projects.
The program allows Python-based projects to create and share smaller and more secure Python distributions for multiple operating systems using the ActiveState Platform. It said that it will choose a small set of projects to participate in the early-access program.
Bart Copeland, CEO, and president, ActiveState, said, “The early access program lets open-source projects use the ActiveState Platform to spend more of their time advancing the project and less time on project maintenance. As a company, we rely heavily on the open source community and we’re looking forward to giving back in yet another meaningful and scalable way.”
Automated dependency resolution
The company said that distribution created as part of the program will be pure open source. The program will also give the project’s access to all of the open source language automation features on the ActiveState Platform. This includes integration with CI/CD tools, shared secrets, cross-platform scripting, automated dependency resolution and environment setup with a single command
The ActiveState Platform provides a build engineering service that developers can call on-demand to automatically build a custom runtime from source. The company said that the ActiveState Platform catalog includes tens of thousands of Python Perl and Tcl) packages. It stated, “Many of which have ActiveState-created and maintained recipes that ensure they can be built for multiple platforms and packaged for deployment on most popular operating systems.”
Windows, macOS and Linux users
ActiveState said that open source projects and project contributors will have many ways to gain from the program. Projects will benefit by expanding their potential user and contributor pool to include Windows, macOS and Linux users. ActiveState said that the ActiveState Platform lowers the barrier to entry for these platforms by automating the runtime build for their project.
The company also said that project contributors will benefit from fast and easy onboarding. This will allow them to spend more time in contributing code and less time configuring their development environment for the project. It added, “The ActiveState Platform’s CLI, the State Tool, lets contributors install the development environment for the project with a single command, effectively eliminating the tedious and error-prone setup process.”