Chronology Of Packaging

I tweeted this chronology and I got quite some interest, so here's a blog post with more details.

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  • 1998: Distutils-SIG created
  • 2000: Python 1.6 with Distutils included in the stdlib
  • 2000: Catalog-SIG created
  • 2001: First version of the Metadata
  • 2003: The Cheeseshop (poorly named PyPI, eventually)
  • 2004: The Setuptools project gets a lot of traction
  • 2006: The zc.buildout project is launched to deploy Zope apps
  • 2007: The Virtualenv project is started
  • 2008: The pip project is started
  • 2008: The Distribute project (Setuptools fork) is launched.
  • 2009: PEP 345, 376, 386 and 381 are accepted.
  • 2010: The Distutils2 project that implements all PEPs is started. It's based on Distutils.
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  • 2011: Distutils2 is added in the stdlib, under the packaging name.
  • 2011: I am retiring from the packaging work :)
  • 2012: Packaging is removed from the stdlib, considered not matured yet. :(
  • 2012: pypi-mirrors.org is launched
  • 2012: Crate.io is launched
  • 2012: The wheel binary format is proposed
  • 2012: Distlib, a subset of Distutils2. Is launched.

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