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From Kevin Sweeney <kevi...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Python versions (redux)
Date Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:59:56 GMT
+1 to dropping 2.6


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM, Mark Chu-Carroll <mchucarroll@apache.org>
wrote:

> A couple of months ago, we had a discussion about which python versions to
> support. (See
>
> http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-aurora-dev/201404.mbox/%3CCAFGkSCk71%2BziUQCsnMfStr-ucrT52DLEgBfHA-o097683PstLQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E
> to refresh your memory.)
>
> At the time, we punted on it, because we had a convenient workaround. But
> python version issues have continued to pop up from time to time. In
> particular, we've had issues like the current
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AURORA-585.
>
> The question that I'd like to put forward is: how much effort is it work to
> continue to support Python 2.6? The Python maintainers are no longer
> maintaining 2.6 - the download page for the last release of 2.6 says:
>  "With the 2.6.9 release, and five years after its first release, the
> Python 2.6 series is now officially retired. All official maintenance for
> Python 2.6, including security patches, has ended. For ongoing maintenance
> releases, please see the Python 2.7 series. The NEWS file lists every
> change in each alpha, beta, release candidate, and final release of Python
> 2.6."
>
> We certainly *can* continue to support Python2.6, but it's likely to be a
> non-trivial effort. Is it worth it?
>
> (Full disclosure, in case it's not obvious: I think as a provider of a
> distributed computing platform, continuing to support a python interpreter
> that won't even get security fixes is not a good idea. I'm in favor of
> dropping 2.6.)
>
>      -Mark
>

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