Anaconda Announces Support for Pyston, Will Hire Lead Developers

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  • At Anaconda, Pyston’s core developers will focus on building an open-source community of users, contributors, and maintainers to ensure the Pyston project’s long-term sustainability
  • Pyston is an open-source implementation of the Python programming language

Anaconda, Inc has announced that it would begin funding the Pyston project by hiring its lead developers, Kevin Modzelewski and Marius Wachtler. At Anaconda, Pyston’s core developers will focus on building an open-source community of users, contributors, and maintainers to ensure the Pyston project’s long-term sustainability.

Kevin Modzelewski, Pyston’s co-founder said, “Marius and I are thrilled to be continuing our work on the Pyston project at Anaconda. Support from Anaconda will enable us to put Pyston into the hands of more users faster than ever before. We look forward to working with the team to bring better Python performance to users across a variety of applications.”

Pyston is an open-source implementation of the Python programming language. It said that , Pyston executes programs on average 20 per cent to 50 per cent faster than standard Python. Pyston was originally developed between 2014 and 2017 at Dropbox, before re-launching from scratch in 2020 with Pyston v2. Support from and collaboration with Anaconda will further accelerate Pyston’s development and adoption among software engineers.

Pyston will remain an open-source project using the Python Software Foundation License. Areas of interest for Pyston development include enhanced compatibility with existing binary Python packages and expanding Pyston to additional hardware platforms. Pyston’s leaders will continue to look for ways to contribute ideas and experience back upstream to the CPython efforts.

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