February 2021 - Open Source #2

By anniv, 15 February, 2021

This week the open source community will be celebrating a huge milestone: Python's 30th Anniversary. The Python Software Foundation is looking for help to celebrate this special occasion by asking community members to share their favorite pictures and stories, which they'll add to the anniversary page on their website.

Python is among one of the most popular programming languages and plays a key role in Data Science (from data analysis to Machine Learning), Infrastructure Configuration (DevOps), Cloud Computing, as well as Web development and Web scraping. Open Anniversary has created a special timeline to celebrate the 30 years of Python, which is available at:


Another great milestone was achieved this past week by a much younger language: the Rust Programming Language, which is a little over 10 years old. The Rust team announced the Rust Foundation, a new independent non-profit organization to steward the Rust programming language and ecosystem, with a unique focus on supporting the set of maintainers that govern and develop the project. And with the announcement of the Foundation, the Rust team also announced a new version of Rust: 1.50.0.

Another project which achieved an important milestone this past week (and which is also releasing a new version later this year) is the open source video player VLC. They celebrated their 20th Anniversary by announcing a new UI with the 4.0 launch. They are asking community members to share videos to send a video time-capsule to the moon as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations!

Last, but not least, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development has also celebrated their 20th Anniversary this past week. Two events were organized: Agile Manifesto 20th Anniversary and Agile20Reflect Festival. Agile and open source software development share many common concepts, specially around collaboration, self-organization, and continuous delivery.

And we are almost forgetting another milestone which gave birth to everything above: the 75th Anniversary of ENIAC, the world's first all electronic, programmable computer. On February 15, 1946, the ENIAC was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of that unveiling, the machine was demonstrated to those present.  Watch a reenactment of that demonstration based on a press demonstration given and oral history collected by the ENIAC Programmers Project.

Open Source Timeline

The Open Source timeline is live at:


Also, be sure to check out the Free Software timeline, as both the open source and free software movements have a shared history:


Open Source Activities