[Python-Dev] BDFL pronouncement?

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Fri Oct 9 20:13:16 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:57, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:

> Chris Withers <chris <at> simplistix.co.uk> writes:
> >
> > *sigh* I don't see it as hijacking, provided Guido is making a BDFL
> > pronouncement that you're maintaining this software
> Well, what you are proposing *is* hijacking. PJE is not paid or employed by
> Guido, he is the full author of setuptools. Forking is of course fine (this
> is
> free software), but saying "I overthrow you as the maintainer of this
> software"
> is not.
> While you (and I) may be unsatisfied with PJE's maintenance style, personal
> (dis)affection should not be what motivates our decisions. A piece of
> software
> has an author who has some moral rights on it, and should be treated with
> respect. After all, when an author decides to release code under a free
> license,
> it shows a fair amount of trust and respect towards the user; it is only
> fair
> that the user shows the same amount of trust and respect (*).

FWIW I agree with Antoine.

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