Python Portability--Not very portable?

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sat Aug 7 00:47:36 CEST 2010

On Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:58:24 -0700, W. eWatson wrote:

> Is there a complete illustration of using disutils? Our only
> dependencies are on Python Org material. We use no commercial or
> licensed code.

Oh my, the sheer ignorance that sentence reveals.

Python and the standard library *is* licensed. I mean, good grief, when 
you start up Python's interpreter, it even says:

Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

Similarly any C compiler you use will also be licensed. If it's not, you 
have no right to use it! (Unless you can find a public domain compiler, 
which I doubt exists, and even if one does, I doubt it will be very good.)


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