Python 2.7 alpha 1 released
The last major edition of the Python 2.x series before it moves into a five year "bugfix only" state, Python 2.7, has been made available as an alpha/preview version. The focus on Python 2.7 is the back-porting of features which were included in Python 3.1. These include a rewritten io library, now implemented in C for higher performance, and an ordered dictionary type.
Other back-ported features from Python 3.1 include support for format specifiers when printing large numbers, an implementation of memoryview and the new syntax for nested with statements. Full details of all the changes in Python 2.7 are available on the What's New in Python 2.7 page.
There is, currently, no release schedule for Python 2.7. This is expected to be the first of a number of alpha and beta releases for the new release, given the "bugfix only" mode is due to apply after release. The alpha 1 Python 2.7 is a preview release and the developers do not recommend its use in a production environment. Source code and Windows binaries for Python 2.7 alpha 1 are available to download and are licensed under the Python Software Foundation Licence version 2.