[Numpy-discussion] Proposal of timeline for dropping Python 2.7 support

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Mon Nov 6 17:24:07 EST 2017

On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris at gmail.com
> wrote:

>  the timeline I've been playing with is to keep Python 2.7 support through
> 2018, which given our current pace, would be for NumPy 1.15 and 1.16. After
> that 1.16 would become a long term support release with backports of
> critical bug fixes


I think py2.7 is going to be around for a long time yet -- which means we
really do want to keep the long term support -- which may be quite some
time. But that's doesn't mean people insisting on no upgrading PYthon need
to get the latest and greatest numpy.

Also -- if py2.7 continues to see the use I expect it will well past when
pyton.org officially drops it, I wouldn't be surprised if a Python2.7
Windows build based on a newer compiler would come along -- perhaps by
Anaconda or conda-forge, or ???

If that happens, I suppose we could re-visit 2.7 support. Though it sure
would be nice to clean up the dang Unicode stuff for good, too!

In short, if it makes it easier for numpy to move forward, let's do it!



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