Fred L. Drake, Jr. wrote:
It feels like the release cycle from alpha1 to final has gotten increasingly rushed.
python 2.2: ~5 months python 2.3: ~7 months python 2.4: ~5 months python 2.5: ~4 months
I think the biggest problem is the time between "basically stable beta" and "final"; it was ~90 days in 2.3 and is now ~50 days, most of which is vacation time in my part of the world.
we could extend the beta period by playing silly games with naming, but as long as the "big things" go in *before* the beta period starts, I think it's easier to simply extend the beta period by adding another month to it.
I'd prefer something like 90 days.