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[Python-Dev] Python 2.7 EOL date


I was operating under the optimistic assumption whatever the precise time of 2.7's official demise would only be an amusing piece of trivia for a world of happy Python 3 users.

It's still to early to promise exact release dates; that will depend on the day-to-day schedules of the release manager and binary builders circa January 2020. A conservative assumption is that no 2.7 changes that land after December 31 2019 will ever be released.

We could make the last release of 2.7 in July 2020. But what does that buy anyone?

On Thu, Aug 23, 2018, at 11:53, Collin Anderson wrote:
> Hi All,
> 
> Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but I noticed the Python 2.7 EOL
> date was recently set to Jan 1st, 2020.
> 
> My understanding was Python releases get 5 years of support from their
> initial release, and Python 2.7 was extended an additional 5 years.
> 
> Python 2.7 was originally released on 2010-07-03, and with an original EOL
> of 2015-07-03. Extended 5 years, shouldn't the EOL be 2020-07-03?
> 
> Also, this statement is a little unclear to me:
> 
> > Specifically, 2.7 will receive bugfix support until January 1, 2020. All
> 2.7 development work will cease in 2020.
> 
> This statement makes it sound like bugfixes end on Jan 1st, but seems to
> leave open the possibility that security fixes could continue through the
> year.
> 
> Thanks!
> Collin
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