[Python-Dev] Py2.4 pre-alpha snapshot

Hye-Shik Chang perky at i18n.org
Sun Dec 7 09:36:20 EST 2003

On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 08:29:59AM -0500, Aahz wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 07, 2003, Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> >
> > I think it would be worthwhile to occasionally (every 3 months or so)
> > package a Py2.4 pre-alpha release. My feel is that a number of people
> > without compilers (Windows users especially) would enjoy working with
> > the latest python if it were an easy thing to do (has an installer,
> > etc).
> >  
> > Besides increasing community involvement, this could open up a whole new
> > stream of user feedback so we can discover issues sooner rather than
> > later.  Since non-developers stress the system in different ways, they
> > are more likely to surface various documentation, usability, and
> > integration bugs.
> Let's see if I can channel Tim correctly: "The number of people who have
> historically downloaded beta and candidate releases indicates that it's
> unlikely that people will download pre-alpha releases."

JFYI, FreeBSD distributes its own unofficial snapshot of Python 2.4.

Looking at download statistics, it seems that about 60~80 users
install FreeBSD's python-devel snapshot for every updates. (the
count can be much more because downloads from many mirror sites
isn't counted.)


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