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I am creating a distro of Python to be licensed as GPL.... am
wondering, what would anyone suggest as to 3rd party modules being put
into it (non-commercial of course!)? I know I'd put MySQLdb into it at
the very least. Any suggestions?

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  • Simon Hibbs at May 30, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    On 30 May, 16:25, farksimm... at yahoo.com wrote:
    I am creating a distro of Python to be licensed as GPL.... am
    wondering, what would anyone suggest as to 3rd party modules being put
    into it (non-commercial of course!)? I know I'd put MySQLdb into it at
    the very least. Any suggestions?
    What you put in it will depend on what it's for.

    Which platforms will you support? Many Linux distros already provide
    comprehensive package management systems, so developers on those would
    probably be better off using the native package manager unless you're
    offering something distinctive.

    Does your distro target a particular developer community, such as web
    developers, database developers or desktop developers? These
    communities have very different requirements, but then again if you
    target web developers do you include Turbo Gears, or Django or both?
    Do you include an ORM and if so which one?

    If you can clarify what you are trying to achieve, or what
    defiiciencies in the existing distros that you're finding limiting
    then that would realy help. Super-distros can definitely have a place.
    In fact that's exactly what TurboGears is, but it has a very clear
    mission statement and adds significant value of it's own. It also acts
    as an add-on to the standard distro rather than an alternative and I
    recommend you consider that strategy.


    Simon Hibbs
  • BJörn Lindqvist at May 30, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    On 30 May 2007 08:25:48 -0700, farksimmons at yahoo.com wrote:
    I am creating a distro of Python to be licensed as GPL.... am
    wondering, what would anyone suggest as to 3rd party modules being put
    into it (non-commercial of course!)? I know I'd put MySQLdb into it at
    the very least. Any suggestions?
    If your distro is to be GPL-licensed, does that mean that you want
    your components to be GPL too? If so, the number of components you can
    select is reduced drastically.

    I'd like a distro with a good IDE, GUI toolkit (PyGTK for example),
    Django and PyGame. Something you could point a newbie to and they
    would be able to create "real" applications with, without needing to
    download hundreds of dependencies.

    --
    mvh Bj?rn
  • Shane Geiger at May 30, 2007 at 4:52 pm
    This is for Windows only, but since your target audience is newbies,
    that might be fine.

    Python Sumo-Distribution for Windows - Freely downloadable Python
    distributions for Windows with many extra packages already installed and
    ready for use.
    -- http://code.enthought.com/enthon/




    BJ?rn Lindqvist wrote:
    On 30 May 2007 08:25:48 -0700, farksimmons at yahoo.com
    wrote:
    I am creating a distro of Python to be licensed as GPL.... am
    wondering, what would anyone suggest as to 3rd party modules being put
    into it (non-commercial of course!)? I know I'd put MySQLdb into it at
    the very least. Any suggestions?
    If your distro is to be GPL-licensed, does that mean that you want
    your components to be GPL too? If so, the number of components you can
    select is reduced drastically.

    I'd like a distro with a good IDE, GUI toolkit (PyGTK for example),
    Django and PyGame. Something you could point a newbie to and they
    would be able to create "real" applications with, without needing to
    download hundreds of dependencies.
    --
    Shane Geiger
    IT Director
    National Council on Economic Education
    sgeiger at ncee.net | 402-438-8958 | http://www.ncee.net

    Leading the Campaign for Economic and Financial Literacy

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  • Yuce at May 30, 2007 at 5:47 pm
    re: BJ?rn, I think selecting a GPL license will increase the number of
    usable packages, since using Python license with GPL is perfectly fine
    as long as the whole software is licensed under GPL [I am not really
    sure it is a must to license the whole package under GPL]

    re: farksimm; I'd put (in nor particular order)

    - Python Imaging Library : http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/

    - wxPython : http://www.wxpython.org/

    - ipython : http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/

    - pycrypto : http://www.amk.ca/python/code/crypto

    - sqlalchemy : http://www.sqlalchemy.org/

    - psycopg : http://www.initd.org/tracker/psycopg

    - docutils : http://docutils.sourceforge.net/

    - NumPy/Numeric : http://numpy.scipy.org/

    - if it's for Win32 also pywin32 : http://www.python.net/crew/mhammond/win32/

    Yuce
  • SPE - Stani's Python Editor at Jun 2, 2007 at 11:40 am

    On May 30, 7:47 pm, yuce wrote:
    re: BJ?rn, I think selecting a GPL license will increase the number of
    usable packages, since using Python license with GPL is perfectly fine
    as long as the whole software is licensed under GPL [I am not really
    sure it is a must to license the whole package under GPL]

    re: farksimm; I'd put (in nor particular order)

    - Python Imaging Library :http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/

    -wxPython:http://www.wxpython.org/

    - ipython :http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/

    - pycrypto :http://www.amk.ca/python/code/crypto

    - sqlalchemy :http://www.sqlalchemy.org/

    - psycopg :http://www.initd.org/tracker/psycopg

    - docutils :http://docutils.sourceforge.net/

    - NumPy/Numeric :http://numpy.scipy.org/

    - if it's for Win32 also pywin32 :http://www.python.net/crew/mhammond/win32/

    Yuce
    Feel free to include SPE.

    Stani

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