myths about python 3

Neil Hodgson nyamatongwe+thunder at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 03:18:33 CET 2010


Carl Banks:

> There is also no hope someone will fork Python 2.x and continue it in
> perpetuity.  Well, someone might try to fork it, but they won't be
> able to call it Python.

   Over time there may be more desire from those unable or unwilling to
upgrade to 3.x to work on improvements to 2.x, perhaps leading to a
version 2.8. One of the benefits of open source is that you are not
trapped into following vendor decisions like Microsoft abandoning
classic VB in favour of VB.NET.

   It would be unreasonable for the core developers to try to block
this. Refusing use of the Python trademark for a version that was
reasonably compatible in both directions would be particularly petty.

   Neil



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