[Python-Dev] License cleanup
Guido van Rossum
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 19:31:47 -0400
> The BSD-ish license that Python has always used is much more preferable. I
> dislike the regulation of the "Python" name, the requirement to
> prominently discuss modifications made, and the revocation clause. I might
> find other items, but that is from a quick read using Lynx on a tiny
Hm... We may have to review the regulation of the Python name. This
made sense in the context of the previous uses of this license
(JPython and Grail) but Python is a different thing -- the name Python
stands for more than just the implementation. I'll discuss this with
CNRI's legal team.
I don't see how the other things you mention can be much of a problem
(most Open Source licenses have a revocation clause these days, I
think, and I don't see how discussing the modifications made can be a
problem with open source users).
> Heck, how could people like PPSI, PythonWare, or D.C. truely like that
> license? Each of those companies uses "Python" significantly in their
> marketing and their business. I can certainly state that PPSI will never
> do anything in an official capacity to recognize that license.
How can you say that without consulting with the board? And I am *on*
that board! I despise your attitude.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)