[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Patrick K. O'Brien pobrien@orbtech.com
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 17:51:49 -0500

[Guido van Rossum]
> >     1) Those people who want to be on the bleeding edge do not, by
> >        nature, care what release numbers mean.  They'll work out of
> >        CVS repositories, or the similar "snapshot" systems, and can
> >        not be convinced otherwise.
> In Python's case, that's a vanishingly small fraction of the total
> user base.  Even the alpha/beta releases are downloaded by a
> disappointingly small number of people.  Many Python users apparently
> consider themselves early adopters when they install 2.2 final when it
> comes out.

For every Python project that I'm involved with I work out of CVS. For
Python itself, the lack of a C compiler for Windows keeps me from working
with the CVS version. As the base of Windows users grows, I suspect this
will become more common. I'd be more than happy to test the CVS version of
Python if it was easier to do so on Win 98.

Patrick K. O'Brien