Debian-package of Python 1.6?

Neil Schemenauer nascheme at
Tue Sep 26 02:24:42 CEST 2000

ARG3000 <snake-or-bear at> wrote:
>I belive the problem has to do with licensing...
>Untill Richard Stallman gives it the nod,  I imagine it will
>never become a deb...

This is not true.  The Python 1.6 and 2.0 licenses meet the
Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) and as thus Debian can be
include it in the main distribution.  Python 1.6 will probably
not show up in Debian because no one except for CNRI's management
really cares about it.  The next release of Debian (codename
Woody) will almost certainly ship with Python 2.0.  Python 1.6
was basicly DOA.

BTW, the only problem RMS has with the new Python license is that
his lawyer believes it is not compatible with the GPL due to a
legal technicality.  AFAIK, the effect of this incompatiblity is
that Python cannot be staticly linked with GPLed code (except of
course if the author of the GPLed code gives explicit

How boring would our lives be without lawyers?  It boggles the
mind. :)


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