[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 20:55:15 -0400

> Let me put my Python/Zope user hat on for a moment.  I help maintain a
> Zope cluster that runs Python 2.1.  We're not going to have another
> Zope release that uses Python 2.2 any time soon.  When we do, it will
> probably be Zope 3 and that will be hard for me to upgrade to.  So I
> expect the most recent Python I'll be using for the next year will be
> Python 2.1.  I'd really be grateful for bug fixes and maintenance on
> this version as a result.

Fair enough.

> Put in a slightly more abstract way, Python 2.2 is a major release
> with lots of new features.  I expect a lot of users will stick with
> the last minor release that isn't a major release in disguise :-).  So
> we'd serve them well be doing more maintenance on 2.1.

Agreed -- with the caveat that we have fixed resources.

> Also, I haven't yet found any response to /F's suggestion that the std
> library always code to an earlier version of Python.  What do you
> think of that?

I don't like it.

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