Neil Schemenauer firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
On 2014-01-18, Terry Reedy wrote:
For application code, why does it need to be ported [to Python 3].
Unless Python 2.x is going to be maintained in perpetuity then code will have to be ported. This point seems obvious to me.
Maintained by whom? The PSF will stop maintaining Python 2, yes.
But that doesn't stop other parties – Red Hat, ActiveState, etc. – doing so for whatever customers are still interested in compensating them for their work.
So long as the cost of getting the Python interpreter maintained by *someone* is lower than the perceived cost of porting to Python 3, the code doesn't need to be ported.
This is a great and salient benefit of Python itself being free software: Unlike a non-free software platform, no recipient of a free-software Python is beholden to the vendor for ongoing maintenance.
That point seems obvious to me.