[Python-Dev] Compiler for the Mac OS X version of Python 3.4
janssen at parc.com
Wed Sep 18 18:31:09 CEST 2013
Russell Owen <rowen at uw.edu> wrote:
> I agree that a policy is a good idea, and I suggest it be primarily based on age, since we cannot assume Apple will release new versions of the OS on a given timeline.
> I personally think too early to drop support for MacOS X 10.6 and am on the edge about 10.5.
I run one 10.5 machine, three 10.6 machines, and 5+ 10.7+ machines right
now. I have a perfectly fine and fast Mac Pro which can't even be
upgraded past 10.7. So using Apple's OS release numbers as the gating
factor might be a problem.
I'd be happy to drop pre-built binary installers for 10.6, but that's
different from dropping all support for it.
> -- Russell
> On Sep 18, 2013, at 5:54 AM, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> > Am 18.09.13 08:43, schrieb Gregory P. Smith:
> >> Just drop support for 10.6 with Python 3.4. Problem solved. People on
> >> that old of a version of the OS can build their own Python 3.4 or do the
> >> right thing and upgrade or just install Linux.
> >> This isn't Windows. Compiler tool chains are freely available for the
> >> legacy platform. We don't need to maintain such a long legacy support
> >> tail there ourselves.
> > I don't mind such a decision in principle, but also in principle, I'd
> > prefer if there was a pre-set policy to decide this question, documented
> > in PEP 11.
> > Here a piece of OSX release history:
> > - 10.5: October 2007
> > * 10.5.8: August 2009
> > - 10.6: August 2009
> > * 10.6.8: July 2011
> > - 10.7: July 2011
> > * 10.7.5: July 2012
> > - 10.8: July 2012
> > So possible policy that would now exclude 10.6 for binary installers
> > would be:
> > - only the two latest feature releases are supported
> > - only feature releases younger than 3 years are supported
> > Note that a separate policy should be added to decide whether support
> > for older versions is actively removed from source code (or equally
> > bug fixes for old versions are not accepted anymore).
> > Regards,
> > Martin
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