Debian 11 (Bullseye) is due to be released shortly, and Raspberry Pi OS will follow suit. Bullseye comes with Python 3.9, so we needed to rebuild all platform wheels for the new ABI.
When piwheels started, we built for Jessie (Python 3.4), and moved onto Stretch (Python 3.5) when it was released. We stopped building on Jessie when it reached EOL, and we’ll continue to iterate like this. Although Python 3.5 itself is EOL, Debian Stretch still has another year of support so we’ll continue building on it until then (above).
We use a GitHub repo to manage issues with packages we have on piwheels, when people find that packages are missing or don’t work as expected… GitHub just rolled out issue forms, so we’ve added them and integrated the project pages so that clicking on one of the new issue buttons completes the form, allowing people to give extra information and not be able to continue without filling out all the required fields.
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