Version 2 of the Python programming language will reach the end of its supported life at the beginning of 2020. This leaves developers is a tricky position where they need to either migrate to the incompatible Python 3 language or continue to use unsupported software. Most Linux distributions are in the process of removing their old Python 2 packages in preparation for the language's transition. Debian is about halfway through removing Python 2 packages in preparation for the distribution's next stable release, Debian Bullseye. Ondřej Nový writes in a mailing list post: "We are aiming to remove Python 2 for the Bullseye release, or at least remove as many Python 2 related packages as possible. Python 2 is discontinued upstream, but crucially, more and more providers of Python modules don't support Python 2 in either the current or future upstream version.... With about 3300 py2removal bugs filed and 1500 closed, we are now almost done with half of the removals."
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