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Linux.com: An Interview with Guido van Rossum

Sep 01, 2000, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Alami, Jason Tackaberry)

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"Guido van Rossum is the creator of the Python programming language, and has worked on Python for ten years. He is the Director of PythonLabs, the leading resource for Python expertise and technologies."

"Linux.com: What is CNRI's relationship to Python?"

"Guido van Rossum: CNRI funded Python development for five years. The money came mostly from NSF and DARPA research funds. Some of it came also from other sources: PSA (Python Software Activity) membership fees, Python Consortium membership fees, and specific funding by companies with an interest in Python."

"I left CNRI in May, taking three other developers with me, to join a California startup, BeOpen.com. We are still living and working in the DC metro area. We left because it had become apparent that CNRI was vastly reducing the funding level for Python, moving most of us to other projects, and also because we felt that CNRI did not appreciate open source software development enough."

"Since then, the relationships with CNRI have been strained. CNRI insisted to change the Python license in a way that caused lots of questions and worries from the community. I hope that eventually CNRI's control over future Python developments will be reduced to zero, but for now CNRI still has control over the python.org website and the new license encumbers all future versions of Python until I find the time for a complete rewrite from scratch."

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