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Posted Sep 30, 2010 17:49 UTC (Thu) by pboddie (guest, #50784)
In reply to: Exaggeration by foom
Parent article: A constantly usable testing distribution for Debian

But it's going to be way outdated at release time, if you take some specific high-profile examples:
- Python 2.6 (not 2.7, released Jul 3)

I suppose using something like Python 2.5 (as I do on the semi-supported Kubuntu 8.04 release) occasionally results in brushing up against code written needlessly against Python 2.6-or-later features, but quite a lot of that can be fixed quite quickly, especially if that code is limited to people doing stupid things with setuptools instead of just providing sane distutils stuff in their setup scripts.

Really, Python 2.6 is the launchpad release for people jumping to 3.x, with 2.7 being the successor in that regard, plus extra gravy.

Your other examples are somewhat better, however, although there's almost always a case to be made for holding back on the newer stuff, especially if adopting such stuff means several laps of the track for those having to integrate and test it with everything else.

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