I agree with Python, and be sure to check out ActiveStates's Komodo Edit as your development environment.
So why should we just go ahead and capitulate ownership? I mean, seriously? I'm all for helping out the world and all that, but I'm getting just a little sick and tired of everybody else trying to steal all our stuff.
Amen to PJF. I love both those series and several more by him. The River World series is clearly one of the all time best SF series.