Guido> I vote for #3 -- I have zero interest in curses, and it is Guido> probably better off having its own website, Vaults of Parnassus Guido> entry, etc., than being in the core and utterly unmaintained.
Guido> Note that we have a similar situation with the BSDDB module: the Guido> distribution contains a wrapper for BSDDB 1.85, while someone Guido> else maintains a wrapper for Sleepycat's BSDDB 3.x.
Which suggests the general question: What modules in the core distribution don't seem to have a maintainer? I guess by default that's Guido or one of the other CNRI folks, but knowing what modules are sort of flapping in the breeze might stimulate some of us to volunteer to shepherd them.
Soundex comes to mind. I know Guido doesn't want to continue supporting soundex.c. On the plane from Spokane to SFO today I merged a couple different Python versions I received from Tim & Fred ages ago. If Tim, Fred and I converge on a Python version, what happens?
1. supplant the C version with the Python version
2. discard the C version and me make it available on my web site (sounds like Andrew's option 3)
3. status quo (perhaps Guido's had a change of heart about soundex.c?)
With distutils firming up I think we're getting a lot closer to easily supporting many modules outside the core distribution. If we get carried away we can simply change Python's motto to be "weak batteries included" ;-)