[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 10:33:57 -0400

>     Guido> *If* we're going for an even/odd scheme, I wouldn't want to swap
>     Guido> the Linux convention, so 2.2 would have to be stable, and 2.3
>     Guido> experimental.  
> Yeah, I'd tend to agree.  For one thing, all the Linux distributions
> are used to the Linux even-odd convention.  Not confusing them would
> probably be a good thing.  (Hey, how about we skip 2.3 altogether
> and get in complete version sync with Linux?  Maybe we could even
> convince Linus to do our releases for us. :-)

I think Linus has once said that Python alone was not a reason to
reject a certain piece of software; that's a far cry from helping us
out. :-)

>     Guido> Maybe I should PEP it first? :-)
> You've got a smiley there,

Because any PEP I write appears to mostly raise controversy once
brought up on c.l.py.

> but some things will obviously have to change about the way releases
> are managed, so a PEP might not be a bad idea.

An informational PEP explaining the procedure, yes.  A PEP asking the
community what they want, heck no.  The ones that are still believing
that python-dev is a closed list should *definitely* continue to
believe so.  The fake toll booth is doing its work admirably. :-)

> Has Jack chimed in on this thread from the Mac quarter?  Tim, can
> Windows installers be created by other people?

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)