September 20, 2020

Python receives $407,000 in funding from Mozilla and Chan Zuckerberg

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The Python Software Foundation recently announced that it has received financial sponsorship from Mozilla Corporation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) for a total of $ 407,000. This money will be used to support pip (Python package installer) work in 2020. “Millions of people and organizations use tools written in Python, and nearly the entire ecosystem of Python software projects depends on pip. Our project will help everyone more easily install software, diagnose and fix problems, and maintain infrastructure.

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The Python Software Foundation has developed a detailed three-phase work plan for this:

  • The first phase will take place in early 2020 and will include some basic work;
  • The second phase is called resolver work and is planned to be carried out from March to June 2020;
  • The third phase is scheduled for June to December 2020, with a focus on maintenance and sustainability.

Specific to each payment, there have been corresponding plans. The $ 207,000 USD provided by the Mozilla Open Source Support Award is for Python development, as well as preliminary user experience research and design work, and this money will support 5 months. Python development work includes resolving outstanding issues and refactoring logic, collaborating with downstream projects and users, and more. User experience work includes reviewing error reports and posts, interviewing users, running user tests, and more.

The $200,000 donated by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will be used for 12 months of Python development, test infrastructure and project maintenance, as well as 4 months of user experience research and design work, and will be used to support travel expenses for some developers.

Funding from both sources will be used for project management, including planning, testing and communication with stakeholders, and administrative work for the Python Software Foundation.