I would like to clarify something in order to remove a misleading or
confusing statement from the release email:
> * The new "packaging" module, building upon the "distribute" and
> "distutils2" projects and deprecating "distutils"
First, packaging *is* distutils2, modulo a few changesets that I have to
port between the codebases. Second, I would remove the mention of
distribute: packaging is an implementation of the packaging PEPs which
have their origins in setuptools and which have been improved by the
community, and it also takes some minor features and ideas from
setuptools, but I think that “building upon” is too strong (and
mentioning only distribute may hurt the feelings of setuptools authors
and users—distutils-sig is a heated place).
* The new "packaging" module (also known as distutils2, and released
standalone under this name), implementing the new packaging formats
and deprecating "distutils".
The whatsnew document has the same problem, and also mixes packaging
(venv and packaging) with imports (namespace packages), but I did not
get a chance to fix it before today, so I probably will after the alpha.