I've started to refactor a few things in Distutils for 2.7, as I planned to do before the first 2.7 beta.
Here are the major ones FYI:
1- the "sysconfig" module is going to the stdlib, and changes a bit. Almost all APIs are still present, and the ones that were removed are left in distutils.sysconfig and marked as deprecated. (because they can be changed by calls to other APIs)
IOW, all you have to do at this point for APIs that where moved is to do "from sysconfig import xx" instead of "from distutils.sysconfig import xx"
2- My next step is to document this new stdlib module in docs.python.org and to add 2.7 support in Distribute so people can work with 2.7 if the want/need.
3 - dir_util, archive_util and file_util are going to be removed in favor of calls to shutil. shutil is going to host two new functions: make_archive and unpack_archive (the latter was introduced by setuptools)
4 - a standalone version of distutils, backward compatible with 2.5 and 2.6, that can be installed by itself, through pypi, is coming. I have no plan to support 2.4 unless someone strongly wants it.
1 is done already in trunk. and is going to be merged in py3 in a few days. 2. 3. 4. should be done within the next week.