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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @09:31PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @09:31PM (#706784)

    Both you and GP miss the point. The whole thing was about a lack women in the board rooms of tech companies.

    Not at all. It was about GvR leaving, and the coming power struggle. In my opinion the politicians in the Python community will push for a woman to be head, that woman will probably *not* be one of the technical kind, but a politician herself. And the community will then proceed down the same path Mozilla and Gnome have taken.

  • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by jmorris on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:12AM

    by jmorris (4844) on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:12AM (#706881)

    This will happen because the tech nerd types will be evaluating on tech nerd things, make loud pronoucements that they want to "stay above politics", get divided and the SJWs will merely see a free resource up for grabs, solidify behind one "diverse" candidate, hurl charges of misogyny, homophobia or racism as appropriate to ensure little competition and seize the resource. Tech ability or even basic competence mean nothing to politicians, which is what an SJW is. If you think they have a CoC now, wait. And yea any monetary resources will be instantly diverted to Social Justice "Diversity" initiatives but the big "win" will be capture of a large and central resource to use as a weapon to extract more power and resources from other tech organizations with.