Python 2.6.5 gets a release candidate
The Python developers have published the first release candidate for Python 2.6.5. The release addresses nineteen issues in the Python core, over fifty library issues and also includes fixes for extensions, the build process, documentation and tests. Among the changes in the Python Core are an explicit forbidding of writing to read-only files which returned bogus results on Windows and could crash the interpreter on Solaris, a patch for an interpreter crash when deleting lists with large step values and corrections to empty byte array handing
Python 2.6 is in "bugfix-only mode" and no new features are being added. Python 3 is the current branch of Python where new development takes place. Python 2.6.5rc1 is available to download now and is licensed under the Python Licence. Full details of the changes in Python 2.6.5.rc1 are in the NEWS file. Python 2.6.5 is due to be released on March 15th.