[SciPy-Dev] Required Python Version

Eric Firing efiring@hawaii....
Sat Jul 17 13:46:58 CDT 2010


On 07/17/2010 08:32 AM, Benjamin Root wrote:
> FWIW, NOAA has recently (within the past year, I believe) gotten
> approval to *upgrade* to RHEL5.  And because of IT policies, or because
> they need to run programs on servers out of their control, many of the
> users can not personally update their version of Python away from 2.4.

But they *can* update their numpy, scipy, mpl?

Eric

>
> I am sure there are other government agencies that are in the same boat.
>
> Ben Root
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com
> <mailto:njs@pobox.com>> wrote:
>
>     On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 5:25 AM, Ralf Gommers
>     <ralf.gommers@googlemail.com <mailto:ralf.gommers@googlemail.com>>
>     wrote:
>      > On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 8:06 PM, David Cournapeau
>     <cournape@gmail.com <mailto:cournape@gmail.com>>
>      > wrote:
>      >> Yes, a lot of "enterprise ready"  distributions still use python 2.4
>      >> (RHEL, Centos).
>      >>
>      > That's not a convincing argument for an infinite amount of time.
>     People who
>      > value "enterprise ready" meaning they run ancient stuff should be
>     perfectly
>      > fine with numpy 1.4 + scipy 0.8 for a long time from now. And
>     otherwise they
>      > can upgrade python itself quite easily. 2.4 doesn't even get security
>      > updates anymore.
>
>     Your argument makes sense to me (and this decision doesn't affect me
>     either way), but it isn't actually an infinite amount of time --
>     RHEL6, which ships python 2.6, is coming out in a matter of months.
>
>     Someone should probably poll the -users list in any case -- people
>     running from SVN are not necessarily a representative sample of the
>     user base :-)
>
>     -- Nathaniel
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