Last year, Python's massive PyPI repository of pre-built software packages recorded 235,7 billion downloads, a 57% year-over-year increase in downloads and bandwidth.
So now Python's non-profit Python Software Foundation has an announcement.
The infrastructure manager said today that they are introducing "the first step in our plan to build PyPI's financial support and long-term sustainability, while providing users with one of the most requested features: accounts for organizations" (organization accounts).
Organizations in PyPI are self-governing groups, with their own dedicated, branded web addresses. Python's goal is to make PyPI easier to use for large community projects, organizations, or companies that manage many subgroups and many packages.
“We have organizations on community projects for free, forever, and on corporate projects for a small fee. Additional priority support deals will be available to all paid subscribers and all revenue will go directly back into PyPI to continue building better support and better infrastructure for all our users… Having more people using and contributing to Python every year is not a big problem, but it is something that we will have to increase our organizational capacity to meet. The increased revenue from PyPI will allow it to become a staffed platform that can respond to support requests and respond to issues on a timeline that is significantly faster than our excellent volunteer team could reasonably handle.”
These new features will be completely optional. If the features for larger projects will not be useful to you, then there is no obligation to create an organization and your PyPI experience will not change.