Tim Peters wrote:
I understand that it is not a requirement anymore that changes to Python 2.2 are "pure bugfixes". Instead, people expect that Python 2.2 evolves and continues to grow new features, as long as they are "strictly backwards compatible".
Alex made a case here for "new features", but the Python Business Forum hasn't shown interest in that. Like most businessfolk, I expect they'll ignore such issues until someone discovers that the lack of a new feature is putting them out of business <0.8 wink>.
Patch level releases should *never* include new features (unless these are essential to fix a serious bug or a simple byproduct of a fix). I don't know where you got the impression that Python should move back to the 1.5 branch development process where patch levels added new features.
W/r to the PBF: at EuroPython we did a poll to see which version to base the PBF's activities on. The result was that a majority voted for Python 2.2 as first target.
Patch levels are there to stabilize a release, not make it more powerful.