Open Source

We support the open source community and we grant open source VAST licenses for those projects


Instantiations' Open Source Software on GitHub and pub.dev - FAQ

Q: What is the URL for Instantiations' GitHub?

A: https://github.com/instantiations

Q: What is the URL for Instantiations' pub.dev (for Dart & Flutter)?

A: https://pub.dev/publishers/instantiations.com/

Q: Why is Instantiations on GitHub and pub.dev?

A: Some of our GitHub repos give VAST users a great way to preview certain technologies before they are available in the core product. Other software we've created may never be available as part of the VAST Platform, or isn't related to VAST, but regardless, we wanted to make them open source and available to the community.

Q: Can I contribute to Instantiations' open source projects?

A: Yes, we welcome external contributions. To get involved, email us at opensource@instantiations.com, and let us know which projects you're interested in.

Q: Are there any software requirements to use Instantiations' open source software?

A: See each repo's "README" file for more details. Some software requires the use of Tonel, which requires VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) 9.2.1 or higher. Find Tonel at: github.com/instantiations/tonel-vast.

Q: Can I use software within Instantiations' GitHub or pub.dev for commercial purposes?

A: Usually, but always consult the license agreement within each repo/package for the details of allowed usage just to be sure.

Q: What's the difference between Instantiations' GitHub, the VAST Community Hub, and Instantiations' pub.dev?

A: We encourage community involvement in all places, but the VAST Community Hub uses a more community-driven approach with limited oversight by Instantiations. In contrast, our engineers give extra attention to the code within Instantiations' GitHub and pub.dev. Unlike our GitHub and VAST Community Hub, pub.dev only has software related Dart and Flutter.

Q: Will Instantiations do regular maintenance and development for the projects within Instantiations' GitHub and pub.dev?

A: Instantiations will maintain and update code in our GitHub and pub.dev on a best effort basis. In some cases, the open source software found in our repos will eventually be integrated into the VAST Platform.

Q: Can I use an open source license of the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) for commercial projects?

A: Definitely not. Open source licenses are meant for not-for-profit projects and the advancement of open source community initiatives only. If you want to use VA Smalltalk for commercial projects, please contact sales@instantiations.com to purchase a license.


Open Source Licenses for the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk)

On a case-by-case basis, Instantiations is granting open source licenses of its products to committers who are working on non-commercial open source projects.

To Apply for an Open Source License

Please send an email to:
opensource@instantiations.com

Include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Name of the Project
  • Your Affiliation to the Project
  • Project description in brief
  • Web Link to the Project*
  • Project graphic (if available)*
  • Instantiations software product(s) you wish to use
  • Other comments...

* Once your project is far enough along, we'd love to boost the profile of your project on social media...with your permission of course.

Please mention that you used the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk) within your project readme or website. A link back to our website, or blog entries mentioning VAST, would be appreciated too!


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