ANN: ActivePython 2.5.5.7 is now available

Sridhar Ratnakumar sridharr at activestate.com
Fri Feb 12 01:22:49 CET 2010


I'm happy to announce that ActivePython 2.5.5.7 is now available for
download from:

    http://www.activestate.com/activepython/

This is a minor release with several updates and fixes.

Changes in 2.5.5.7
------------------

- Upgrade to Python 2.5.5
- Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.8
- Upgrade to PyWin32 CVS (2009-11-10)
- Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8l
- [Windows] Include Tcl/Tk header files
- [Windows] Allow side-by-side installation of 32-bit and 64-bit builds
- [Mac] Fix the MacOSX build to use Tcl/Tk 8.5.x

See the release notes for full details:

    http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.5/relnotes.html#changes


What is ActivePython?
---------------------

ActivePython is ActiveState's binary distribution of Python. Builds
for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux are made freely available. Builds
for Solaris, HP-UX and AIX, and access to older versions are
available with ActivePython Business Edition:

    http://www.activestate.com/business_edition/

ActivePython includes the Python core and the many core extensions:
zlib and bzip2 for data compression, the Berkeley DB (bsddb) and SQLite
(sqlite3) database libraries, OpenSSL bindings for HTTPS
support, the Tix GUI widgets for Tkinter, ElementTree for XML
processing, ctypes (on supported platforms) for low-level library
access, and others. The Windows distribution ships with PyWin32 -- a
suite of Windows tools developed by Mark Hammond, including bindings
to the Win32 API and Windows COM. 

Beginning with the 2.6.3.7 release, ActivePython includes a binary package
manager for Python (PyPM) that can be used to install packages much
easily. For example:

    pypm install pylons

See this page for full details:

    http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.5/whatsincluded.html

As well, ActivePython ships with a wealth of documentation for both
new and experienced Python programmers. In addition to the core Python
docs, ActivePython includes the "What's New in Python" series, "Dive
into Python", the Python FAQs & HOWTOs, and the Python Enhancement
Proposals (PEPs).

An online version of the docs can be found here:

    http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.5/

We would welcome any and all feedback to:

    ActivePython-feedback at activestate.com

Please file bugs against ActivePython at:

    http://bugs.activestate.com/query.cgi?set_product=ActivePython


On what platforms does ActivePython run?
----------------------------------------

ActivePython includes installers for the following platforms:

- Windows/x86
- Windows/x64 (aka "AMD64")
- Mac OS X
- Linux/x86
- Linux/x86_64 (aka "AMD64")
- Solaris/SPARC (Business Edition only)
- Solaris/x86 (Business Edition only)
- HP-UX/PA-RISC (Business Edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC (Business Edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC 64-bit (Business Edition only)

Custom builds are available in Enterprise Edition:

    http://www.activestate.com/activepython/enterprise/

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team

--
Sridhar Ratnakumar
sridharr at activestate.com




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