[Python-3000] Does anyone remember the Red Hat 1.5->2.x fiasco?
Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Mon Feb 4 17:20:15 CET 2008
On Feb 4, 2008 5:52 AM, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
> This discussion of what to install Python 3.0 as reminded me that we've
> already encountered this problem before. As I recall, when Python 2.0 was
> released Red Hat steadfastly refused to ship it with their then current
> version of Linux. It wasn't until the next RH product came out that they
> shipped Python 2.x, and then the executable was called (I think) python2.
> I no longer remember the details very well, but I wonder if there's
> a lesson to be learned from that experience as we decide how to install
> Python 3.0.
IMO the lesson to be learned is that that was a bad idea -- other
vendors have not followed suit. It also gave Python a bad name because
for years, typing "python" on Red Hat systems gave you an ancient
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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