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

Kurt B. Kaiser kbk at shore.net
Sun Dec 7 12:14:42 EST 2003

Aahz <aahz at pythoncraft.com> writes:

> 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."
> OTOH, David Goodger has been reasonably successful with docutils having
> snapshots.  It's certainly a worthwhile question about whether people
> would be more likely to download beta and candidate releases if snapshots
> were regularly available.

In my case, I can no longer compile Python on Windows (VC5 worked up
to 2.3).  So to test IDLE against 2.4 on that platform, I need a
Windows installer.

As I recollect, there was discussion about moving to VC7 which has
a free compiler available.  Is that going to happen on 2.4?


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