[Python-Dev] 2.7 is here until 2020, please don't call it a waste.

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Sat May 30 13:51:54 CEST 2015

Antoine Pitrou writes:
 > On Sat, 30 May 2015 01:49:10 +0200
 > Christian Heimes <christian at python.org> wrote:
 > > For performance patches we have to consider our responsibility for the
 > > environment. Every improvement means more speed and less power
 > > consumption. Python runs of hundreds of thousands of machines in the
 > > cloud. Python 2.7 will be used for at least half a decade, probably
 > > longer. Servers can be replaced with faster machines later and less
 > > fossil fuel must be burned to produce power.
 > Please keep your ideology out of this.

Bad idea, unless you have benchmarks and engineering studies proving
that that effect doesn't exist and never will.

In a community of volunteers, ideology is typically a great motivator.
If it weren't for ideology (specifically, RMS's), many of us wouldn't
be here, and quite likely nothing like the current Linux and BSD
ecosystems would be available yet, and maybe not at all.  Which points
to a better idea: Harness ideology to encourage contributions that
help us all.

Hey, Christian, maybe you know some sustainability advocates who'd
like to help fund that work?  Or do the programming?

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