Let's not play games with semantics. The way I see the situation for 2.7 is that EOL is January 1st, 2020, and there will be no updates, not even source-only security patches, after that date. Support (from the core devs, the PSF, and python.org) stops completely on that date. If you want support for 2.7 beyond that day you will have to pay a commercial vendor. Of course it's open source so people are also welcome to fork it. But the core devs have toiled long enough, and the 2020 EOL date (an extension from the originally annouced 2015 EOL!) was announced with sufficient lead time and fanfare that I don't feel bad about stopping to support it at all.

On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 5:36 PM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy@udel.edu> wrote:
On 3/10/2018 4:59 PM, Michael Scott Cuthbert wrote:
I notice on https://devguide.python.org that Python 3.5 is in “security” status with an EOL of 2020-09-13 but Python 2.7 is in “bugfix” and has a likely earlier EOL.

There is no relation between the two, or between 2.7 and any other version.  2.7 is a completely special case.

 Will there be a period where Py2.7 is in security-only status before hitting EOL?

https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0373 gives the public status.  When Benjamin Peterson want to add something, he will.

Already, the main emphasis is on security, build, and test infrastructure fixes.  Backporting bug and doc fixes is at developer discretion.

 Even if the EOL is set at the last possible date of 2020-12-31,

Benjamin Peterson will decide when he decides.  He has not yet announced a date for a 2018 release.

People have mostly proposed either Jan 1 or sometime late spring related to PyCon.  If you want something definite for your own planning, I recommend that you assume Jan 1.

it still is in the time period before EOL that other recent versions have gone to security only.

Again, not relevant.

You might want to read http://python3statement.org/.

Some major projects (like Django, I believe) have already put their last 2.x compatible version into bug-fix only mode and expect to stop patching it before 2020.

Terry Jan Reedy

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