Python 2.0b2 is released! [URL corrected]

Jeremy Hylton
Wed, 27 Sep 2000 12:33:25 -0400 (EDT)

Python 2.0b2 is released.  The BeOpen PythonLabs and our cast of
SourceForge volunteers have fixed many bugs since the 2.0b1 release
three weeks ago.  Please go here to pick it up:

There's a tarball, a Windows installer, RedHat RPMs, online
documentation, and a long list of fixed bugs.

The final release of Python 2.0 is expected in early- to mid-October.
We would appreciate feedback on the current beta release in order to
fix any remaining bugs before the final release.  Confirmation of
build and test success on less common platforms is also helpful.

Python 2.0 has many new features, including the following:

  - Augmented assignment, e.g. x += 1
  - List comprehensions, e.g. [x**2 for x in range(10)]
  - Extended import statement, e.g. import Module as Name
  - Extended print statement, e.g. print >> file, "Hello"
  - Optional collection of cyclical garbage

This release fixes many known bugs.  The list of open bugs has dropped
to 50, and more than 100 bug reports have been resolved since Python
1.6.  To report a new bug, use the SourceForge bug tracker

-- Jeremy Hylton <>