[IronPython] The Future of IronPython

Vernon Cole vernondcole at gmail.com
Fri Oct 22 17:56:41 CEST 2010

  Can your version of zlib be slipped in to v2.7 before final now? (please
please pretty please)
I would really like distutils, etc to actually work.
Vernon Cole

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM, Jeff Hardy <jdhardy at gmail.com> wrote:

> As Dino recently posted, this is the last release of IronPython by
> Microsoft. As of today, myself, Michael Foord, Jimmy Schementi, and
> Miguel de Icaza are the coordinators for the IronPython project (Jimmy
> and Miguel will also handle IronRuby). More information can be found
> from Jason Zander:
> http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2010/10/21/new-components-and-contributors-for-ironpython-and-ironruby.aspx
> .
> Do note that Zander doesn't actually come out and *say* that Microsoft
> is no longer funding IronPython/IronRuby, but that's what has
> happened. Any future participation from MS employees will be on an
> unofficial, spare-time basis.
> All that said, I hope this isn't the end of IronPython. There's a good
> community here, and I think we can do just as good a job as Microsoft
> did. You can now contribute patches to IronPython, but that means you
> will have to if you want the it to flourish. A good Open Source
> community requires a core of regular contributors, but also requires a
> mass of occasional ones that are just scratching their particular
> itches.
> From here, my goal is to get IronPython 2.7 final out the door in a
> timely manner. Let's leave discussions about things like source
> control or external libraries aside for a bit and get a solid release
> -- then we can start those discussions. I fear that starting a major
> overhaul will kill any momentum we have and cause the 2.7 release to
> be unacceptably delayed.
> I wouldn't have signed up to do this if I thought IronPython didn't
> have a future.
> - Jeff
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