I'm forwarding Guido's announcement to these lists. It's relevant here because part of what I am doing officially for BeOpen is work on Mailman. This is a very exciting move for all of us, and should be good for the Mailman community.
As it relates to Mailman, nothing really changes. Mailman is and will remain GPL'd open source software. I'm concentrating on finishing up the 2.0 release and expect that to happen over the next several weeks. Currently, I'm sipping through a slow dialup, but expect to get upgraded to DSL as soon as the local phone company gets their act together. This should quicken the pace of my responses and checkins.
------- start of forwarded message (RFC 934 encapsulation) ------- From: Guido van Rossum email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com (Python mailing list), firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: [PSA MEMBERS ANNOUNCE] ANNOUNCEMENT: Python Development Team Moves to BeOpen.com Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 14:05:43 -0500 X-BeenThere: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Mailman-Version: 2.0beta3
To all Python users and developers:
Python is growing rapidly. In order to take it to the next level, I've moved with my core development group to a new employer, BeOpen.com. BeOpen.com is a startup company with a focus on open source communities, and an interest in facilitating next generation application development. It is a natural fit for Python.
At BeOpen.com I am the director of a new development team named PythonLabs. The team includes three of my former colleagues at CNRI: Fred Drake, Jeremy Hylton, and Barry Warsaw. Another familiar face will joins us shortly: Tim Peters. We have our own website (www.pythonlabs.com) where you can read more about us, our plans and our activities. We've also posted a FAQ there specifically about PythonLabs, our transition to BeOpen.com, and what it means for the Python community.
What will change, and what will stay the same? First of all, Python will remain Open Source. In fact, everything we produce at PythonLabs will be released with an Open Source license. Also, www.python.org will remain the number one website for the Python community. CNRI will continue to host it, and we'll maintain it as a community project.
What changes is how much time we have for Python. Previously, Python was a hobby or side project, which had to compete with our day jobs; at BeOpen.com we will be focused full time on Python development! This means that we'll be able to spend much more time on exciting new projects like Python 3000. We'll also get support for website management from BeOpen.com's professional web developers, and we'll work with their marketing department.
Marketing for Python, you ask? Sure, why not! We want to grow the size of the Python user and developer community at an even faster pace than today. This should benefit everyone: the larger the community, the more resources will be available to all, and the easier it will be to find Python expertise when you need it. We're also planning to make commercial offerings (within the Open Source guidelines!) to help Python find its way into the hands of more programmers, especially in large enterprises where adoption is still lagging.
There's one piece of bad news: Python 1.6 won't be released by June 1st. There's simply too much left to be done. We promise that we'll get it out of the door as soon as possible. By the way, Python 1.6 will be the last release from CNRI; after that, we'll issue Python releases from BeOpen.com.
Oh, and to top it all off, I'm going on vacation. I'm getting married and will be relaxing on my honeymoon. For all questions about PythonLabs, write to email@example.com.
- --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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