Quantal plans for Python 3

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Thu Apr 26 02:31:36 UTC 2012

On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 08:07:36 PM Barry Warsaw wrote:
> It is a release goal for Ubuntu 12.10 to ship only Python 3 on the desktop
> CD images.
>     https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Python/FoundationsQPythonVersions
> This is an ambitious goal that we hope folks from Ubuntu, Debian, and the
> wider Python community will participate in.  We have our list of priorities,
> in a shared Google docs spreadsheet:
>     http://tinyurl.com/7dsyywo
> The blueprint for UDS-Q is here:
> https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/foundations-q-python-versions
> This does not affect other images such as server, or other *buntu flavors.
> Also, the default Python (/usr/bin/python) will not change, and Python 2.7
> will still be available in main.

Actually it does.  Once common components like Ubiquity and Update  Manager 
(to name a couple that come immediately to mind) go Python 3, then flavors will 
have to use their Python 3 flavors.  The means they either have to ship Python 
and Python 3 (which eats CD space) or go to Python 3.  Either way there's an 

That doesn't mean we shouldn't go ahead, but let's do it with our eyes open 
about the impact.

Scott K

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