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Re: Python 2.x discontinued in Ubuntu 16.04by
What this does not mean:
/usr/bin/python will point to Python 3. No, this is not going to happen (unless PEP 394 advocates otherwise, which is doubtful for the foreseeable future). /usr/bin/python and /usr/bin/python2 will point to Python 2.7 and /usr/bin/python3 will point to the latest supported Python 3 version.
Python 2 will be removed from the archive. No, this is not going to happen. We expect Python 2.7 to remain supported and available in Ubuntu for quite a long time, given that PEP 373 promises upstream bug fix maintenance support until 2020. It would be nice if we could demote Python 2 to universe, but that's currently problematic for technical reasons relating to multi-Python version support in Debian/Ubuntu.
This has been written 2 years ago!!!
But still it looks like finally in 2020 even Python 2.7.* does get no more support from its programmers. And that the support will be ONLY bugfix and maintenance which means no new improvements (speed/features) already from now on.