[RELEASED] 2.7 beta 1

Benjamin Peterson benjamin at python.org
Sat Apr 10 20:52:16 CEST 2010

On behalf of the Python development team, I'm merry to announce the first beta
release of Python 2.7.

Python 2.7 is scheduled (by Guido and Python-dev) to be the last major version
in the 2.x series.  Though more major releases have not been absolutely ruled
out, it's likely that the 2.7 release will an extended period of maintenance for
the 2.x series.

2.7 includes many features that were first released in Python 3.1.  The faster
io module, the new nested with statement syntax, improved float repr, set
literals, dictionary views, and the memoryview object have been backported from
3.1. Other features include an ordered dictionary implementation, unittests
improvements, a new sysconfig module, and support for ttk Tile in Tkinter.  For
a more extensive list of changes in 2.7, see
http://doc.python.org/dev/whatsnew/2.7.html or Misc/NEWS in the Python

To download Python 2.7 visit:


While this is a development release and is thus not suitable for production use,
we encourage Python application and library developers to test the release with
their code and report any bugs they encounter.

The 2.7 documentation can be found at:


Please consider trying Python 2.7 with your code and reporting any bugs you may
notice to:



Benjamin Peterson
2.7 Release Manager
benjamin at python.org
(on behalf of the entire python-dev team and 2.7's contributors)

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