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This page will collect information about the Python Software Foundation, and its committees.
Use of Trademarks or Python License
Our most commonly asked question is about use of the name "Python" or the Python logo, both of which are trademarks. If you want to use these, please see the PSF's Trademark Usage Policy at http://python.org/psf/trademarks. Variants of the logo are available at http://python.org/community/logos.
The second most commonly asked questions involve the Python software license (whether Python can be included in another product, terms of the license, etc). For that, see PythonSoftwareFoundationLicenseFaq.
Committees and Board of Directors
PythonSoftwareFoundationCommittees -- This lists the committees that are currently active in the PSF.
PythonSoftwareFoundationBoard -- Miscellaneous information about the board of directors.
The PSF has started a grants program to fund Python-related development. For more information, see [http://www.python.org/psf/grants/ PSF Grants].
Special Project: Python Advocacy Coordinator
In August 2006, the PSF board voted to fund [http://python.org/psf/grants/advocacy/orig-proposal.pdf a proposal] from Jeff Rush for him to act as a full time Python Advocacy Coordinator for a period of six months. In this position, Jeff will work full time on developing and implementing an effective advocacy strategy for Python. His tasks will include writing content for the website and printable brochures for conferences, expanding Python's coverage in technical journals, and building a more effective network of advocacy volunteers from the community. Jeff is known for his work on PyCon 2006, and will be reporting to a group of several PSF directors and officers (initially Stephan Deibel, Chairman of the Board, and Neal Norwitz, Assistant Treasurer).
For details and progress reports see PythonAdvocacyCoordinator.
Special Project: Python.org website redesign
In January 2005, the PSF board voted to fund a proposal (see WebsiteRedesignProposal) from Tim Parkin and Matt Goodall to develop a new framework for the python.org website. The purpose of this is to update the look for the python.org site and move to a more accessible and modern design (based on CSS), while keeping maintenance of the site simple and avoiding reliance on heavy monolithic tools.
This website has now been rolled out, although work on content and the toolset is ongoing. For details see http://www.python.org/dev/pydotorg/website/
Important: See PythonSoftwareFoundationLicenseFaq before using the following licenses.
PythonSoftwareFoundationLicenseV2Easy -- Approved Oct 22, 2004 as the official Python Software Foundation License Version 2
PythonSoftwareFoundationLicenseV2Revised -- Revised license that may be used as the basis for Version 3 in the future.
PSF Software Contribution Agreement
The following agreement is being used for contributors to Python, to ensure that all of the source code and documentation in Python are properly licensed.
http://zope.org/Members/lemburg/psc-wiki/FrontPage/view -- wiki containing older information on fund raising, from the days before the PSF become a 501(c)3 non-profit.
PythonSoftwareFoundationLicenseV2 -- Old draft for Python Software Foundation License Version 2 (not adopted and now defunct)
How do Modules Become Part of the Python Distribution?
I've always wondered:
How do modules become part of the Python distribution? What kind of process do you follow, what groups do you participate in, to become a part of that?
I've looked around, but haven't found any web pages on the subject.
Answer: The final decision is by BDFL pronouncement, but the usual process is that the module is first written as a stand-alone module, and released. After it's been in use for some time, the author makes the suggestion in comp.lang.python or python-dev (both are used, I'm not sure which is preferred) that it be adopted into the standard distribution. This gets discussed by the usual crowd and usually the answer is obvious long before it ever gets to Guido. Certain modules skip the stand-alone stage and are adopted directly into the standard library, but that is usually because the module was written in response to requests, and frequently by an experienced python core developer. If you are interested in getting your module adopted into the core, the #1 question you are sure to be asked is "are you willing to commit to supporting this module for at least the next 5 years?", because unless SOMEONE is willing to volunteer to provide that support the module can't be accepted.
[http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0002/ PEP 2, "Procedure for Adding New Modules"] contains details. -- David Goodger