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posted by martyb on Friday July 13 2018, @12:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the pass-it-on dept.

On a python developers' mailing list for the core developers, Python Committers, Benevolent Dictator for Life Guido van Rossum has announced that he is stepping down effective immediately and with out appointing a successor.

Now that PEP 572 is done, I don't ever want to have to fight so hard for a
PEP and find that so many people despise my decisions.

I would like to remove myself entirely from the decision process. I'll
still be there for a while as an ordinary core dev, and I'll still be
available to mentor people -- possibly more available. But I'm basically
giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL, and you all will be on
your own.

After all that's eventually going to happen regardless -- there's still
that bus lurking around the corner, and I'm not getting younger... (I'll
spare you the list of medical issues.)

I am not going to appoint a successor.

[...] I'll still be here, but I'm trying to let you all figure something out for
yourselves. I'm tired, and need a very long break.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by eravnrekaree on Friday July 13 2018, @07:30PM (2 children)

    by eravnrekaree (555) on Friday July 13 2018, @07:30PM (#706753)

    If Rossom is dictator for life, why was he fighting for anything, whatever he says is the way it is. When they designing Perl 6, Larry Wall would dictate the language and that what the language was going to be, period end of story. He took suggestions but reserved the right to bin them if he didnt like them.

    I know what you are about to say, but Wall let implementation be handled by others (I dont blame him), so he is not to blame for that. A lot of infighting, failed starts and so on.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @01:28PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @01:28PM (#707085)

    Perl 6 is pretty nice now though, I've been playing with it lately. From the couple of small scripts I've re-implemented using it, I'm seeing a lot of potential.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:17PM (#707106)

      People get dictators wrong in a lot of ways. A dictator that makes the right calls routinely to benefit whatever they're leading isn't usually the issue people complain about. In those cases there's rarely any issues with discontent that require the usual human rights abuses. The problems tend to come into it when the dictator starts making mistakes or making decisions that large numbers of people don't like. At least with projects people can just leave if they don't like it.

      But, open source has the issue where sometimes people do stupid things and it's hard to push back against said stupid things because it's open.