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    python 2 end of support

    Hello,

    I use Ubuntu 18.04. Python 2 end of support date is January 1, 2020. Python 2 is installed on my system and I was wondering if Ubuntu will be providing security updates to Python2 after that date through the repositories. If Ubuntu won't provide security updates after that date, should I purge Python 2 from my system in order to keep my system secure? I currently do have a few programs that depend on Python 2 and would rather not have them purged unless absolutely necessary.

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    Re: python 2 end of support

    Python 2 is installed on my system and I was wondering if Ubuntu will be providing security updates to Python2 after that date through the repositories.
    All packages from the main repository are guaranteed support for the full 5 years. End of life upstream means all fixes have to be done in-house.
    Case in point, the 4.15 linux kernel that ships with 18.04's original release will be supported the full 5 but hasn't been supported upstream since around the time 18.04 was released.
    should I purge Python 2 from my system in order to keep my system secure?
    Python is fairly core to the system, especially for the Desktop release.
    So I wouldn't recommend removing it as that can break everything.
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    Re: python 2 end of support

    You could just install pyenv and do things that way..just another option

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