The latest issue of The Python Papers (volume 2 issue 4) contains an article about the Python Software Foundation, starting on page 9. The article overviews the PSF's organization and finances, and describes our activities in protecting Python and funding Python conferences, grants, and special projects. A plethora of other articles and interviews makes this 82-page PDF well worth the download time. Please check it out!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Please consider including the Python Software Foundation (PSF) in your year-end charitable giving.
Your donation will help us protect the open source status of Python. The PSF also provides the financial backing that makes PyCon possible, donates to other Python conferences around the world, and funds grants and special projects in the Python community.
For details of our activities, please see the PSF pages on the Python website.
Donations from individuals are tax deductible in the US and may be tax deductible in other countries, or as a business expense. We take credit cards, checks, wire transfers, and PayPal.
Sponsorship Opportunities for Businesses
Businesses invested in Python can also become a sponsor member of the PSF.
Or become a sponsor of PyCon 2008, a great way to gain exposure for your business or find talented Python programmers to hire.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
We are happy to announce that the Python Software Foundation is part of a new Google Open Source program, the Highly Open Participation Contest. This contest is an effort by Google to engage pre-college students in open source programming: Google is offering prizes and awards for completing a variety of tasks for several organizations.
A large cast was involved in coming up with the tasks, including Brett Cannon, Collin Winter, Michal Kwiatkowski, Grig Gheorghiu, Greg Wilson, Terry Peppers, Shannon Behrens, Michael Carter, Phil Hassey, and Michael Mol. We would especially like to thank Georg Brandl, Titus Brown, Will Guaraldi, Doug Hellmann, and Andre Roberge for writing up the tasks and creating the project wiki.
Leslie Hawthorn at Google is the contact for this program, and we would like to thank her and Google for inviting the PSF to take part!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
The group of volunteers that handles python.org email needs help. This involves responding to post master email messages, moderating and managing some Mailman lists, and administrating the Postfix installation.
If you have experience with Mailman and/or Postfix and would like to help, please contact sdeibel at python dot org. Because of the nature of this job, please also include some references -- it's best if you're already known within the Python community.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The uninitiated tend to view the Python Software Foundation (PSF) as some sort of shadowy legal entity that mysteriously rules the Python community. In fact, the PSF has no ambition to "manage" the community (this is open source!) and we certainly don't just work on legal things. The important message that gets lost in this misconception is:
The PSF is Here to Help!
If you're a volunteer working on some aspect of the Python community -- whether developing code, organizing a conference, supporting end users, or running servers and other infrastructure -- please keep in mind that the PSF may be able to help with problems that you run into.
In particular, we're interested in areas where volunteers are overwhelmed, or where some funding could help to bootstrap or enable a subsequently self-sustaining resource for the community. We've supported efforts as diverse as the new bug tracker, Python conferences around the world, and the python.org website redesign.
We can't always be as proactive as we'd like, so may not know you need our help. Tell us!
The other side of the message, equally important, is:
Python Needs Your Help!
Alas, the PSF isn't an interplanetary enterprise with a hundred thousand employees, so it's mostly volunteers that run the Python community. Indeed it does take significant effort to keep things going. Postmaster, website maintainer, help list responder, and job board updater are all volunteer posts that come to mind immediately. There are many other areas that can use the help of active volunteers.
Such tasks are often an excellent training ground, and a good way to get your feet wet participating in (and meeting) the Python community. For experienced hands that already know everything and everybody, it's a great way to give back to Python, and make a valuable difference in the Python universe.
Please consider helping out. You'll earn the satisfaction of sitting 'round the bar at PyCon shooting the breeze over a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster or three. Guaranteed!
So, What Do I Do Now?
Oh, and please pass the word on to others!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
The PSF was one of the sponsors of PyCon UK, which took place September 8th and 9th in Birmingham. $2,500 were donated. About 190 attended the conference. The next PyCon UK will be held the 12th to 14th September 2008 also in Birmingham.
The PSF was also a Gold Sponsor for PyCon Italia, which took place June 9th and 10th in Firenze. 1,500 Euros were donated. Our three free passes were donated to students and others that needed the financial assistance. About 200 attendees were at the conference. The 2008 conference has not yet been scheduled.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Apologies for not announcing these earlier.
-- David Goodger, PSF Secretary
Monday, June 11, 2007
It was very successful. Around +300 people assisted, and there were a lot of interesting talks (two introductory talks, Turbogears, PyWeek, Zope 3, security, creating 3D games, Plone, automatic security testings, concurrency, and programming the OLPC).[Facundo Batista's original post]
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thanks to James Tauber for coordinating the selection process for the PSF, and to all of the other mentors who assessed and ranked projects. Greg Wilson has created a page listing all projects from all participating organizations.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This year, the PSF is reserving a certain number of slots for projects related to CPython or Jython.
If you'd like to apply as a student participant, please see the wiki page wiki.python.org/moin/SummerOfCode for more information, including project ideas, the list of mentors, and instructions and tips on how to apply.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
-- David Goodger, PSF Secretary
Sunday, February 18, 2007
PyCon begins next week. On the evening of Friday February 23rd is the PSF's annual members' meeting. Many PSF members will be in attendance, but for those who won't: please send in your proxy forms or absentee ballots NOW! See the meeting agenda for links. Forms have to be faxed or emailed to the PSF Secretary by Monday February 19; full details are on the forms.
PSF members represent the Python community. The minimum commitment of each PSF member is to vote in person or by proxy at annual Python Software Foundation meetings and to keep the PSF updated with address changes. See the PSF Membership FAQ.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
In 2004, the PSF selected three grant proposals to fund. One of them, "Moving Jython Forward", was only partially completed by Brian Zimmer due to a job change. Some time later, Frank Wierzbicki offered to take over maintenance of the Jython project, but he found that he had under-estimated the amount of work necessary when taking over the proposal from Brian, and he did not make as much progress as he had wanted to.
Martin von Löwis, the Grants Committee chair, has since discussed this project with Frank, and they agreed to cancel the remaining grant funding, as there was likely no chance to achieve the planned goals any time soon.
Jython itself, an implementation of Python written in Java, is still very much worth supporting, and Andrew Kuchling has put support for Jython on his agenda. The PSF will continue to support Jython going forward.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
The Python Software Foundation has allocated some funds to help people attend PyCon 2007. If you'd like to come to PyCon but can't afford it, maybe the PSF can help you. The funding can cover any or all of:
- Your registration for PyCon
- Your hotel room at the conference hotel
- Your flight or other transportation
To apply, send e-mail to <pycon at python dot org>. Please state your name, location, and what you would like to have funded. If you want assistance with your transportation costs, please provide a rough estimate (say, to the nearest US$100) of how much a round-trip will cost.
You should also say why you should come to PyCon, and what you'll be doing. We don't need an essay, but please provide a few sentences of explanation. Priority will be given to people who can contribute significantly to PyCon or to Python, e.g. students working on a task, conference speakers, sprint leaders or developers critical to a sprint, or people doing public service work with Python.
Messages must be received by January 19 2007. Upon receiving your message, we'll send you a notice of receipt. The PSF's Conference Committee and I will discuss the applications and allocate funding to a subset of the applicants. You should be notified of acceptance/rejection by January 28 2007.
Cost notes: PyCon registration is US$195. Hotel rooms are around $90/night; about $300 for the duration of the conference, $700 for conference + sprints. The hotel cost can be lower if you find someone (or two or three) to share a room with; this is encouraged. The PSF can't cover your meals during the conference, or registration fees for tutorials.
We will try to maximize the benefit of the funding. For example, three people who need small amounts are more likely to be funded than one person who needs a large amount. To improve your chances, please try to request the minimum amount of funding you need to attend PyCon.
PyCon 2007 Funding Coordinator