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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 Saturday July 14 2018, @02:09PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:09PM (#707100)

    4 leaf clovers are relatively common, there's one in most patches of clover. You just have to have an efficient way of identifying them when the leaflets are in different orientations or overlapping each other.

    5 leaf clovers though are pretty rare, I've only seen a couple of those over the years.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @07:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @07:45PM (#707310)

    If the percentage of 4 leaved clovers is between 5-10% of population, that would match about the percentage of (capable) technical women. Or women in garbage collection. Or men in nursing (but I have a feeling there's more there).