On 18/05/2021 16.19, Guido van Rossum wrote:
There are a few mentions of Debian, but no explanation of what the issue is about. Can you elaborate on that?
Debian and Debian-based distros like Ubuntu are applying downstream packages and split CPython interpreter and stdlib into multiple packages. For example venv and distutils is split out and ensurepip is patched out. Debian packages were also missing dependencies on ca-certificates and tzdata, which are required for Python's ssl and zoneinfo modules. The changes caused usability issues for new and sometimes even for seasoned users of Python.
I have contacted the SC in the beginning of this year and asked them to work with Debian maintainers. Some issues have been addressed and will be available in future releases. Matthias' talk at the language summit is related to the effort of improving Debian packaging.