On Wed, 30 Jun 1999, Mark Hammond wrote:
I just read a statement early in our book - "Python is an Open Source tool, ...".
Is this "near enough"? Should I avoid this term in preference for something more generic (ie, even simply dropping the caps?) - but the OS(tm) idea seems doomed anyway...
It's not certified Open Source, but my understanding is that ESR believes the Python license would qualify if GvR applied for certification.
I did, months ago, and haven't heard back yet. My current policy is to drop the initial caps and say "open source" -- most people don't know the difference anyway.
BTW, you won't be able to avoid flames about something or other, and given that you're writing a Win32 book, you'll be flamed by both pseudo-ESRs and pseudo-RMSs, all Anonymous Cowards. =)
I don't have the time to read slashdot -- can anyone summarize what ESR and RMS were flaming about?
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/%7Eguido/)