Python 2.7 Alpha 2 released
The Python language developers have now released the second alpha of Python 2.7. Python 2.7 is planned to be the last major edition of the Python 2.x series before it goes into bug fix only mode. There is, currently, no release schedule for Python 2.7. The NEWS file notes numerous fixes and enhancements to the C based Python implementation, including updates to included OpenSSL and SQLite libraries on Windows and better deprecation warnings when the "-3" option is used. Initial reports see the new alpha almost completely clear some test suite; the Django test suite now only failing on one test, compared to over 100 failures in the alpha 1 version.
This is the second of what is expected to be a number of alpha and beta releases for the new release, given the "bugfix only" mode is due to apply after release. As with all alpha versions, the developers do not recommend its use in a production environment. Source code and Windows binaries for Python 2.7 Alpha 2 are available to download and are licensed under the Python Software Foundation Licence version 2.