It probably means that from January to April Benjamin will be too busy porting Dropbox to Python 3 to have time for Python 2 support.

Or possibly it means that until PyCon 2020, there will be only one core developer supporting Python 2, and it will be Benjamin.

You choose. :-)


On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM Ned Batchelder <ned@nedbatchelder.com> wrote:
Maybe I'm not involved enough in the release process, but this seems
confusing to me.  On the same day that the PSF put up a page about the
1/1/2020 date, we choose April 2020 as the last release?  Why?  I
thought the point was to save core devs efforts.  Is this an unofficial
grace period?  Will there be a public document that announces the April
date?

What does the "official EOL date" mean if there's a release in April?

--Ned.

On 9/9/19 9:29 AM, Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> Hi all,
> It's finally time to schedule the last releases in Python 2's life. There will be two more releases of Python 2.7: Python 2.7.17 and Python 2.7.18.
>
> Python 2.7.17 release candidate 1 will happen on October 5th followed by the final release on October 19th.
>
> I'm going to time Python 2.7.18 to coincide with PyCon 2020 in April, so attendees can enjoy some collective catharsis. We'll still say January 1st is the official EOL date.
>
> Thanks to Sumana Harihareswara, there's now a FAQ about the Python 2 sunset on the website: https://www.python.org/doc/sunset-python-2/
>
> Regards,
> Benjamin
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