[SciPy-Dev] Required Python Version
Charles R Harris
Sat Jul 17 08:10:40 CDT 2010
On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 6:25 AM, Ralf Gommers
> On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 8:06 PM, David Cournapeau <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 4:37 AM, Charles R Harris
>> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > Hi All,
>> > Is there a good reason we shouldn't raise the required python version up
>> > 2.5?
>> 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.
That was my thought. Also I wanted to merge Christoph's 3.1 fixes for
ndimage without cherry picking the changes. Having the "n" format and
absolute/relative imports would also clean up the code needed to support
both 2.x and 3.x
> We now support python 2.4-2.6, for the next versions we'll add 2.7, 3.1 and
> 3.2. Supporting more versions has a cost. And it's clear that the amount of
> people running 2.4 from svn is at or close to zero, because recent syntax
> errors for 2.4 have gone unnoticed for a long period. I think it's about
> time to drop 2.4.
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