Fedora 41 Finally Retires Python 2.7

“After sixteen years since the introduction of Python 3, the Fedora project announces that Python 2.7, the last of the Python 2 series, will be retired,” according to long-time Slashdot reader slack_justyb.

From the announcement on the Fedora changes page: The python2.7 package will be retired without replacement from Fedora Linux 41. There will be no Python 2 in Fedora 41+ other than PyPy. Packages requiring python2.7 on runtime or buildtime will have to deal with the retirement or be retired as well.
“This also comes with the announcement that GIMP 3 will be coming to Fedora 41 to remove any last Python 2 dependencies,” adds slack_justyb. GIMP 2 was originally released on March 23, 2004.

GIMP will be updated to GIMP 3 with Python 3 support. Python 2 dependencies of GIMP will be retired.
Python 2’s end of life was originally 2015, but was extended to 2020. The Python maintainers close with this:


The Python maintainers will no longer regularly backport security fixes to Python 2.7 in RHEL, due to the the end of maintenance of RHEL 7 and the retirement of the Python 2.7 application stream in RHEL 8. We provided this obsolete package for 5 years beyond its retirement date and will continue to provide it until Fedora 40 goes end of life. Enough has been enough.

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