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Linux Weekly News for November 2, 2000

Nov 02, 2000, 07:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh)

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Leading items and editorials: The Python team moves - again, Turbolinux Inc. files for IPO, U.K. Patent Office consultation on software patents and Linuxcare ups and ... well, ups.

"The Python team moves - again. Last may Guido van Rossum, the Python BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life) announced that he was moving, along with much of the Python development team, to BeOpen. This move was intended to be a good thing for Python, allowing the language to develop more quickly than had been the case so far...."

"Turbolinux Inc. files for IPO. The pace is picking up: Turbolinux announced on October 30 that it has filed for an initial public offering of stock. As usual, we've gone and taken a look at Turbolinux's IPO filing. The result is an interesting picture of a true Linux software company - there is no reliance on service plans or web portals in this plan. There's also some interesting information on just how Turbolinux parted ways with its founders, Cliff and Iris Miller. Have a look at our writeup for the full scoop...."

"U.K. Patent Office consultation on software patents. The U.K. Patent Office has put up a request for comments on how software (and business method) patents should be treated in the U.K. and Europe. There is also some interesting information to be found in there, including the fact that some 15% of all U.K. patents now are "software-based...."

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