[reportlab-users] Plans to deprecate Python 2.3, 2.4

Andy Robinson andy at reportlab.com
Wed Dec 16 07:02:02 EST 2009

2009/12/16 Roberto Alsina <ralsina at netmanagers.com.ar>:


> AFAIK the only remaining large 2.4 userbase is CentOS/RHEL 5 users. Those are

> quite a few, though. When I accidentally made rst2pdf require 2.5 I got 6

> emails in a week, and my userbase is maybe 1/10000 of yours.

Good point.

I'm also going to poll our commercial customers before making a
decision. If everyone paying us for support is on 2.5 and up, or
prepared to upgrade in the first half of 2010, I am inclined to go
ahead. But after a quick look at the 'whats new' pages, I think the
lack of 2.4 is more irritating.

2.4 adds '@' decorators, generator expressions, reversed(), set()
and Decimal. We naturally tend to write code with these, and then
realise and have to back it out.

2.5 adds things which, to me at least, are a bit less necessary.

Robin, can you look at your current set of patches and see how many of
them are for 2.4-isms and how many for 2.5-isms?


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