To all Python users and developers:
Less than half a year ago, I moved with my team to BeOpen.com, in the hope of finding a new permanent home for Python development. At BeOpen, we've done several good things for Python, such as moving the Python and Jython development process to SourceForge, and the successful release of Python 2.0.
Unfortunately, BeOpen.com's original plans for PythonLabs didn't work out as hoped, and we weren't able to reach mutual agreement on workable alternative plans -- despite trying for months.
I am proud to have found a new home for my entire team: starting today, Tim Peters, Barry Warsaw, Jeremy Hylton, Fred Drake and myself are working for Digital Creations. We will be spending part of our time on core Python development (including Jython and Mailman) and part of our time on Python infrastructure improvements that also benefit Zope.
Python will remain Open Source; Digital Creations has no desire to monetize or brand the Python language or specific Python distributions. All future work we do on Python as Digital Creations employees will be owned by a non-profit organization yet to be created. We think of this new organization as the Python Software Foundation. In the meantime (while the PSF is under construction) I will own such copyrights personally.
We're excited to be working for Digital Creations: they are one of the oldest companies active in the Python community, one of the companies most committed to Python, and they have a great product! Plus, we know they have deep financial backing. We trust that Digital Creations will provide a stable home for Python for many years.
Digital Creations has also offered to take over hosting of the python.org and starship sites. On behalf of the Python community, we're grateful for this support of the two prime community sites for Python, and we expect to be implementing the transitions shortly.
These are exciting times for the PythonLabs team -- and also for Python and its community. Mainstream successes for Python are showing up everywhere, and we're proud to be a part of such a smart and friendly community. A great year lies ahead!
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/%7Eguido/)