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If this is the case then wouldn't re-naming it Python 4 shake the negative view of it? Guess it's too late now for Python but I've seen it done in other open source projects and it worked pretty well.

"Python 4?? People have not even migrated to Python 3 yet!"

Or just be like the cool kids and skip a version. Python 5, or name it after the year. Python 2020 sounds exciting enough to make everyone want to upgrade.

Python 3 was codenamed "Python 3000" during design and development.

(It was always intended for the finished product to call itself Python 3.0, though.)

Python 3.4+ doesn't have negative view.

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