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Steve Holden steve at
Thu Dec 22 15:19:11 CET 2005

bonono at wrote:
> Cameron Laird wrote:
>>In article <1135239900.225499.263300 at>,
>> <bonono at> wrote:
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>>>Well, this may be the CPython way of open source but I don't know if
>>>that is "Open source" in general. Another way is that if someone(or
>>>group) don't like the current state of a project, they fork. I don't
>>>know if that is possible in the context of python, and programming
>>>language in general. Can it still be called python ?
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>>While I don't understand the question, it might be pertinent to
>>observe that, among open-source development projects, Python is
>>unusual for the *large* number of "forks" or alternative imple-
>>mentations it has supported through the years <URL:
>> >.
> The question is, can anyone just fork a new one using the python name,
> as part of the project, without the permission from the foundation ?
> Say for example, anyone want to implement java needs permission from
> Sun(or is it javasoft), if I rememeber correctly. Therefore, the only
> way to make change to java the language is to convince Sun, very
> similar to the model of Python. But many open source project is not
> using this model.
Well the name "Python" is a trade mark of the Python Software 
Foundation. So if you invent another language and start calling it 
"Python" just to get an audience you should expect to receive a 
cease-and-desist letter.

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