[Python-Dev] Official version support statement

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu May 10 17:10:52 CEST 2007

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This came up in a different context.  I originally emailed this to  
the python.org admins, but Aahz rightly points out that we should  
first agree here that this actually /is/ our official stance.

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We have an "official unofficial" policy of supporting only Python  
2.current and 2.(current - 1), and /not/ supporting anything earlier.

Do we already have an official statement to this effect on the  
website?  The closest thing I could find was on the download page,  
but that's not really definitive.

What do you think about adding something like the following to the  
top of the download page:

"The Python Software Foundation officially supports the current  
stable major release and one prior major release.  Currently, Python  
2.5 and 2.4 are officially supported.  Where appropriate and  
necessary, patches for earlier releases may be made available, but no  
earlier versions are officially supported by the PSF.  We do not make  
releases of unsupported versions, although patched versions may  
become available through other vendors."

- -Barry

P.S. On re-reading this, I realize this text would need amending when  
Python 3.x is released, but I don't care about that right now.  pdo  
admins: I also slightly changed the proposed text.

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