Hi,

This is another in an occasional series of posts of (*real*) news concerning
what our Perl and Python friends are up to.

Conrad


----- Original Message -----
From: "Guido van Rossum" <guido / python.org>
To: "Python mailing list" <python-list / python.org>;
<python-announce / python.org>; <psa-members-announce / python.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 2:05 PM
Subject: [PSA MEMBERS ANNOUNCE] ANNOUNCEMENT: Python Development Team Moves
to BeOpen.com


> To all Python users and developers:
>
> Python is growing rapidly.  In order to take it to the next level,
> I've moved with my core development group to a new employer,
> BeOpen.com.  BeOpen.com is a startup company with a focus on open
> source communities, and an interest in facilitating next generation
> application development.  It is a natural fit for Python.
>
> At BeOpen.com I am the director of a new development team named
> PythonLabs.  The team includes three of my former colleagues at CNRI:
> Fred Drake, Jeremy Hylton, and Barry Warsaw.  Another familiar face
> will joins us shortly: Tim Peters.  We have our own website
> (www.pythonlabs.com) where you can read more about us, our plans and
> our activities.  We've also posted a FAQ there specifically about
> PythonLabs, our transition to BeOpen.com, and what it means for the
> Python community.
>
> What will change, and what will stay the same? First of all, Python
> will remain Open Source.  In fact, everything we produce at PythonLabs
> will be released with an Open Source license.  Also, www.python.org
> will remain the number one website for the Python community.  CNRI
> will continue to host it, and we'll maintain it as a community
> project.
>
> What changes is how much time we have for Python.  Previously, Python
> was a hobby or side project, which had to compete with our day jobs;
> at BeOpen.com we will be focused full time on Python development! This
> means that we'll be able to spend much more time on exciting new
> projects like Python 3000.  We'll also get support for website
> management from BeOpen.com's professional web developers, and we'll
> work with their marketing department.
>
> Marketing for Python, you ask? Sure, why not! We want to grow the size
> of the Python user and developer community at an even faster pace than
> today.  This should benefit everyone: the larger the community, the
> more resources will be available to all, and the easier it will be to
> find Python expertise when you need it.  We're also planning to make
> commercial offerings (within the Open Source guidelines!) to help
> Python find its way into the hands of more programmers, especially in
> large enterprises where adoption is still lagging.
>
> There's one piece of bad news: Python 1.6 won't be released by June
> 1st.  There's simply too much left to be done.  We promise that we'll
> get it out of the door as soon as possible.  By the way, Python 1.6
> will be the last release from CNRI; after that, we'll issue Python
> releases from BeOpen.com.
>
> Oh, and to top it all off, I'm going on vacation.  I'm getting married
> and will be relaxing on my honeymoon.  For all questions about
> PythonLabs, write to pythonlabs-info / beopen.com.
>
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
>
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