[Python-Dev] Continuing 2.x

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Oct 29 16:13:56 CEST 2010

Benjamin Peterson wrote:
> 2010/10/29 M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com>:
>> Brett Cannon wrote:
>>> 2010/10/28 Kristján Valur Jónsson <kristjan at ccpgames.com>:
>>>> I'm not sure what I'm actually proposing.  But I certainly wasn't thinking of a new "fork" of python.  And not a new version 2.8 that gets all new 3.x features backported.
>>>> I'm more thinking of a place where usability improvements, C API improvements, performance improvements, Library improvments, can go.
>>> It's called a fork. I realize you are trying to avoid that "dirty"
>>> word, Kristján, and I appreciate it, but you are describing a fork.
>>> Python 2.7 is the last sanctioned version of the Python 2.x series,
>>> period. Any non-bugfix changes will not go in there as policy
>>> dictates. And with there being no way Python 2.8 will happen (I know
>>> we as a group have said "slim chance" since Python 3.0 came out,
>>> uptake of Python 3 is such I am willing to personally say "never" for
>>> a python-dev sanctioned Python 2.8), that means it will take a fork,
>>> whether it be internal to CCP or public somewhere, it will still be a
>>> fork.
>>> And as everyone has said so far (and with which I agree), that's fine.
>>> As long as it is not called Python 2.8 -- EVE-Python 2.8 or some Monty
>>> Python reference -- then that's fine.
>> I don't see why we should not welcome a team of new developers who want
>> to continue working on the 2.x series.
> He's not saying we shouldn't welcome them; we just don't want to it
> attached to python-dev.

That new team could be part of python-dev, couldn't it ? Not necessarily
the mailing list, but the team of Python developers. Much like the
(new) py3k developers joined in when that project was kicked off.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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