A. HISTORY OF THE SOFTWARE
contextlib2 is a derivative of the contextlib module distributed by the PSF
as part of the Python standard library. According, it is itself redistributed
under the PSF license (reproduced in full below). As the contextlib module
was added only in Python 2.5, the licenses for earlier Python versions are
not applicable and have not been included.
Python was created in the early 1990s by Guido van Rossum at Stichting
Mathematisch Centrum (CWI, see http://www.cwi.nl) in the Netherlands
as a successor of a language called ABC. Guido remains Python's
principal author, although it includes many contributions from others.
In 1995, Guido continued his work on Python at the Corporation for
National Research Initiatives (CNRI, see http://www.cnri.reston.va.us)
in Reston, Virginia where he released several versions of the
In May 2000, Guido and the Python core development team moved to
BeOpen.com to form the BeOpen PythonLabs team. In October of the same
year, the PythonLabs team moved to Digital Creations (now Zope
Corporation, see http://www.zope.com). In 2001, the Python Software
Foundation (PSF, see http://www.python.org/psf/) was formed, a
non-profit organization created specifically to own Python-related
Intellectual Property. Zope Corporation is a sponsoring member of
All Python releases are Open Source (see http://www.opensource.org for
the Open Source Definition). Historically, most, but not all, Python
releases have also been GPL-compatible; the table below summarizes
the various releases that included the contextlib module.
Release Derived Year Owner GPL-
from compatible? (1)
2.5 2.4 2006 PSF yes
2.5.1 2.5 2007 PSF yes
2.5.2 2.5.1 2008 PSF yes
2.5.3 2.5.2 2008 PSF yes
2.6 2.5 2008 PSF yes
2.6.1 2.6 2008 PSF yes
2.6.2 2.6.1 2009 PSF yes
2.6.3 2.6.2 2009 PSF yes
2.6.4 2.6.3 2009 PSF yes
2.6.5 2.6.4 2010 PSF yes
3.0 2.6 2008 PSF yes
3.0.1 3.0 2009 PSF yes
3.1 3.0.1 2009 PSF yes
3.1.1 3.1 2009 PSF yes
3.1.2 3.1.1 2010 PSF yes
3.1.3 3.1.2 2010 PSF yes
3.1.4 3.1.3 2011 PSF yes
3.2 3.1 2011 PSF yes
3.2.1 3.2 2011 PSF yes
3.2.2 3.2.1 2011 PSF yes
3.3 3.2 2012 PSF yes
(1) GPL-compatible doesn't mean that we're distributing Python under
the GPL. All Python licenses, unlike the GPL, let you distribute
a modified version without making your changes open source. The
GPL-compatible licenses make it possible to combine Python with
other software that is released under the GPL; the others don't.
Thanks to the many outside volunteers who have worked under Guido's
direction to make these releases possible.
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