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On behalf of the Python development team and the Python community, I am happy to announce the first release candidate for Python 2.6.
This is a release candidate, so while it is not suitable for production environments, we strongly encourage you to download the release and test it on your software. We expect only critical bugs to be fixed between now and the final 2.6 release, still scheduled for October 1st, 2008. There is one more release candidate planned for September 17th.
You might notice that unlike earlier releases, we are /not/ releasing Python 3.0rc1 at this time. It was decided that 3.0 still needs time to resolve open issues and that we would not hold up the 2.6 release for this. We feel that Python 2.6 is nearly ready for its final release.
If you find things broken or incorrect, please submit bug reports at
For more information and downloadable distributions, see the Python 2.6 website:
(Note that the Windows installers will be uploaded shortly.)
See PEP 361 for release schedule details:
Enjoy, - -Barry
Barry Warsaw firstname.lastname@example.org Python 2.6/3.0 Release Manager (on behalf of the entire python-dev team)