[License-py20] Re: [Python-Dev] Re: Conflict with the GPL

Tim Peters tim_one@email.msn.com
Sun, 3 Sep 2000 13:17:34 -0400

[Fredrik Lundh]
> ...
> are you saying the 1.6 will be the last version that is
> truly free for commercial use???

If this is a serious question, it disturbs me, because it would demonstrate
a massive meltdown in trust between the community and BeOpen PythonLabs.

If we were willing to screw *any* of Python's

   + Commercial users.
   + Open Source users.
   + GPL users.

we would have given up a month ago (when we first tried to release 2b1 with
a BSD-style license but got blocked).  Unfortunately, the only power we have
in this now is the power to withhold release until the other parties (CNRI
and FSF) agree on a license they can live with too.  If the community thinks
Guido would sell out Python's commercial users to get the FSF's blessing,
*or vice versa*, maybe we should just give up on the basis that we've lost
peoples' trust anyway.  Delaying the releases time after time sure isn't
helping BeOpen's bottom line.