Guido van Rossum resigns as Python leader

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at
Fri Jul 13 11:16:20 EDT 2018

On Fri, 13 Jul 2018 at 10:31, Jim Oberholtzer <midrangel at>

> Nicholas:
> I am relatively new to Python, and my system of choice, IBM i  on POWER,
> now supports Python directly.  The open source movement is so strong that I
> think Python will be just fine.  I've been a system programmer for 35
> years, and this tooling (along with the 1000's APIs that IBM has put into
> IBM i (OS/400, iSeries, System I,  all the same thing) over the years makes
> this one of the most powerful tools I have in my toolkit.
> Might there be a bit of chaos for a while, sure, there always is when the
> unexpected occurs, however I sympathize with Guido in many ways since 90%
> of people will jump on a target just because it's a target, without even
> knowing or caring about the underlying issue.  It's today's hyper-partisan
> world where the internet shields people from direct contact and thus the
> responsibility for what you say and do.  That's why I always sign my posts
> with my real name and include my company name, to ensure to don't get
> involved in flame wars etc.
> While I'm genuinely sad to see that Guido chose to bow out under these
> circumstances, I also see a bright future.  Remember, the addition of the
> POWER line of servers in IBM i (yes AIX and Linux run there too) adds a
> significant number of shops that might adopt Python.  That means Python is
> growing on its own. The legacy is written already, it will just get
> better.


Thank you for this very measured and civilized reply



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