Re: Move to python 2.2 as default release?
Laura Creighton <email@example.com> wrote:
> Okay, I (and several other people) are confused. What does
> 'the next default python' and 'skipping 2.2 entirely' that Chris Lawrence
> writes mean?
It means that, if realized, the next Debian release would have:
- python 2.3 in the "standard" set of packages
- python 2.1, 2.2 (and perhaps others), optional
- /usr/bin/python launching python 2.3
- /usr/bin/pythonx.y launching python x.y (available only if the
pythonx.y package is installed)
'skipping 2.2 entirely' means that no Debian release would have shipped
with /usr/bin/python launching Python 2.2, since Python 2.1 is the
default in the latest release.
But as others explained, if a package really needs Python 2.2, its
dependencies will pull python2.2 for the user, so it's not so big a deal
from the user's POV.
> If typing apt-get is the hardest technical thing you ever do, I want
> you to get 2.2, not 2.1 or 2.3 when you decide to get Python.
"apt-get install python" (as would "apt-get install python2.3") would
"apt-get install python2.2" would fetch 2.2.
> Also, I
> want developers to know the answer to the question 'what Python
> version should I develop for to best reach my intended audience of
> everybody who isn't another bleeding edge Python developer' is also 2.2.
This would perhaps not be *so* obvious.