Python distribution posted to alt.sources

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Guido van Rossum

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Feb 19, 1991, 12:56:47 PM2/19/91
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I have posted a beta releast of my Python language to alt.sources.
This language is particularly of interest to SGI users since it
contains an interactive interface to the *full* GL library.
Below is the README of that posting. Note that I cancelled part 02 of
the distribution since it contained a huge generated file -- not to
worry.

--
Guido van Rossum, CWI, Amsterdam <gu...@cwi.nl>
"He used to be a euphemism, now he's just a friend"

----- README follows -----
This is Python, an extensible interpreted programming language that
combines remarkable power with very clear syntax.

This is version 0.9 (the first beta release), patchlevel 1.

Python can be used instead of shell, Awk or Perl scripts, to write
prototypes of real applications, or as an extension language of large
systems, you name it. There are built-in modules that interface to
the operating system and to various window systems: X11, the Mac
window system (you need STDWIN for these two), and Silicon Graphics'
GL library. It runs on most modern versions of UNIX, on the Mac, and
I wouldn't be surprised if it ran on MS-DOS unchanged. I developed it
mostly on an SGI IRIS workstation (using IRIX 3.1 and 3.2) and on the
Mac, but have tested it also on SunOS (4.1) and BSD 4.3 (tahoe).

Building and installing Python is easy (but do read the Makefile).
A UNIX style manual page and extensive documentation (in LaTeX format)
are provided. (In the beta release, the documentation is still under
development.)

Please try it out and send me your comments (on anything -- the
language design, implementation, portability, installation,
documentation) and the modules you wrote for it, to make the first
real release better. If you needed to hack the source to get it to
compile and run on a particular machine, send me the fixes -- I'll try
to incorporate them into the next patch. If you can't get it to work
at all, send me a *detailed* description of the problem and I may look
into it.

If you want to profit of the X11 or Mac window interface, you'll need
STDWIN. This is a portable window system interface by the same
author. The versions of STDWIN floating around on some archives are
not sufficiently up-to-date for use with Python. I will distribute
the latest and greatest STDWIN version at about the same time as Python.

I am the author of Python:

Guido van Rossum
CWI, dept. CST
Kruislaan 413
1098 SJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

E-mail: gu...@cwi.nl

The Python source is copyrighted, but you can freely use and copy it
as long as you don't change or remove the copyright:

/***********************************************************
Copyright 1991 by Stichting Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam, The
Netherlands.

All Rights Reserved

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that
both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in
supporting documentation, and that the names of Stichting Mathematisch
Centrum or CWI not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to
distribution of the software without specific, written prior permission.

STICHTING MATHEMATISCH CENTRUM DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO
THIS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS, IN NO EVENT SHALL STICHTING MATHEMATISCH CENTRUM BE LIABLE
FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES
WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN
ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT
OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

******************************************************************/

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