Recently I received 20 one-year licenses from JetBrains for the PyCharm IDE (Professional) and other JetBrains products (the licenses cover their "All Products Pack") for use in Python development. There are 11 licenses available - of the licenses I asked for last year, nine people took them up, so those are in use and come out of the allocation of 20.
Those of you who took up the licences last time should find that the tools continue to work normally. The licences expire on 27 November 2018.
If any others of you are interested in using these licenses, let me know off-list and I will forward the license access details to you. To access the licenses, you will need to have (or create) a JetBrains account.
Just a quick update: thanks to all of you who worked long hours to get features completed and merged in for the 3.7 feature code cutoff yesterday. We release elves have been busy behind the scenes baking goodies. So far everything looks OK. But we're taking a little longer than usual: this is, in many ways, the most complicated milestone of the release cycle, since it involves creating a new release branch and other munging, and this is the first time we are doing this since we moved to our new git-based workflow last year and we want to get it right. We will have everything done and announced in not more than 24 hours from now. If you wish, feel free to merge new commits into the master branch for release in 3.8, with the understanding that any also destined for 3.7.0 will need to be cherrypicked after the 3.7 branch is available. Other branches (3.6, 2.7) are unaffected.
Thanks for your patience!
nad(a)python.org -- 
As Ned just announced, Python 3.7 is very soon to enter beta 1 and thus feature freeze. I think we can all give Ned a huge round of applause for his amazing work as Release Manager for Python 3.6 and 3.7. Let’s also give him all the support he needs to make 3.7 the best version yet.
As is tradition, Python release managers serve for two consecutive releases, and so with the 3.7 release branch about to be made, it’s time to announce our release manager for Python 3.8 and 3.9.
By unanimous and enthusiastic consent from the Python Secret Underground (PSU, which emphatically does not exist), the Python Cabal of Former and Current Release Managers, Cardinal Ximénez, and of course the BDFL, please welcome your next release manager…
And also, happy 24th anniversary to Guido’s Python 1.0.0 announcement. It’s been a fun and incredible ride, and I firmly believe that Python’s best days are ahead of us.
Happy mid-winter (northern hemisphere) or -summer (southern)!
The time has come to finish feature development for Python 3.7. As
previously announced, this coming Monday marks the end of the alpha
phase of the release cycle and the beginning of the beta phase. Up
through the alpha phase, there has been unrestricted feature
development phase; that ends as of beta 1. All feature code for
3.7.0 must be checked in by the b1 cutoff on end-of-day Monday
(unless you have contacted me and we have agreed on an
As was done during the 3.6 release cycle, we will create the 3.7
branch at b1 time. During the beta phase, the emphasis is on fixes
for new features, fixes for all categories of bugs and regressions,
and documentation fixes/updates. I will send out specific information
for core committers next week after the creation of the b1 tag and the
Beta releases are intended to give the wider community the opportunity
to test new features and bug fixes and to prepare their projects to
support the new feature release. We strongly encourage maintainers of
third-party Python projects to test with 3.7 during the beta phase and
report issues found to bugs.python.org as soon as possible. While the
release will be feature complete entering the beta phase, it is
possible that features may be modified or, in rare cases, deleted up
until the start of the release candidate phase. Our goal is have no
changes after rc1. To achieve that, it will be extremely important to
get as much exposure for 3.7 as possible during the beta phase.
Also, during the 3.6.0 release cycle, the question of ABI stability
during the final (e.g. beta and release candidate) phases of the
release came up. Last-minute changes put a burden on our and our
downstream users testing efforts and adds risk to the release.
Therefore, as was proposed then, we will strive to have no ABI changes
after beta 3. More details forthcoming.
2018-01-29 ~23:59 Anywhere on Earth (UTC-12:00):
code snapshot for 3.7.0 beta 1 (feature code freeze, no new
3.7 branch opens for 3.7.0
feature development continues on master branch, now for 3.8.0
2018-01-30 to 2018-05-21:
3.7.0 beta phase (bug, regression, and doc fixes, no new features)
3.7.0 beta 3 (3.7.0 ABI freeze)
3.7.0 release candidate 1 (3.7.0 code freeze)
3.7.0 release (3.7.0rc1 plus, if necessary, any dire emergency
~2019-12 tentative (3.7.0 release + 18 months):
3.8.0 release (details TBD)
Thank you all for your great efforts so far on 3.7; it should be
another great release!
nad(a)python.org -- 
I have decided for personal reasons to stop contributing to CPython as a core developer, that does not mean I will stop contributing to CPython. So please remove me from the list of core developers
and revoke all my access rights. Thank you.