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ActiveState is pleased to announce ActivePython 2.7.1.3, a complete, ready-to-install binary distribution of Python 2.7.

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

What's New in ActivePython-2.7.1.3
==================================

*Release date: 6-Dec-2010*

New Features & Upgrades
-----------------------

- Upgrade to Python 2.7.1 (`release notes
<http://svn.python.org/projects/python/tags/r271/Misc/NEWS>`__)
- Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.9 (`changes <http://wiki.tcl.tk/26961>`_)
- Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8q
- [MacOSX] Tkinter now requires ActiveTcl 8.5 64-bit (not Apple's Tcl/Tk 8.5 on
OSX)
- Upgrade to PyPM 1.2.6; noteworthy changes:

- New command 'pypm log' to view log entries for last operation
- Faster startup (performance) especially on Windows.
- Rewrite of an improved dependency algorithm (#88038)
- install/uninstall now accepts the --nodeps option
- 'pypm install <url>' to directly download and install a .pypm file
- 'pypm show' improvements
- 'pypm show' shows other installed packages depending on the shown package
- 'pypm show' accepts --rdepends to show the list of dependents
- 'pypm show' shows extra dependencies (for use in the 'install' cmd)
- 'pypm show' lists all available versions in the repository
- 'pypm freeze' to dump installed packages as requirements (like 'pip freeze')
- Support for pip-stye requirements file ('pypm install -r requirements.txt')

- Upgraded the following packages:

- Distribute-0.6.14
- pip-0.8.2
- SQLAlchemy-0.6.5
- virtualenv-1.5.1

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes
------------------------------

- Bug #87951: Exclude PyPM install db to prevent overwriting user's database.
- Bug #87600: create a `idleX.Y` script on unix
- [Windows] Installer upgrade: automatically uninstall previous versions - Bug #87783
- [Windows] Renamed "python27.exe" to "python2.7.exe" (Unix like)
- [Windows] Include "python2.exe"
- PyPM bug fixes:

- Bug #88882: Fix pickle incompatability (sqlite) on Python 3.x
- Bug #87764: 'pypm upgrade' will not error out for missing packages
- Bug #87902: fix infinite loops with cyclic package dependencies (eg: plone)
- Bug #88370: Handle file-overwrite conflicts (implement --force)


What is ActivePython?
=====================

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

http://www.activestate.com/python

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.

ActivePython 2.6, 2.7 and 3.1 also include a binary package manager for Python (PyPM) that can be used to install packages much easily. For example:

C:\>pypm install mysql-python
[...]

C:\>python
import MySQLdb
>>>

See this page for full details:

http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.7/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/2.7/

We would welcome any and all feedback to:

activepython-feedback at activestate.com

Please file bugs against ActivePython at:

http://bugs.activestate.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=ActivePython

Supported Platforms
===================

ActivePython is available for the following platforms:

- Windows (x86 and x64)
- Mac OS X (x86 and x86_64; 10.5+)
- Linux (x86 and x86_64)

- Solaris/SPARC (32-bit and 64-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition only)
- Solaris/x86 (32-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition only)
- HP-UX/PA-RISC (32-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition only)
- HP-UX/IA-64 (32-bit and 64-bit) (Enterprise or OEM edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC (32-bit and 64-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition only)

More information about the Business Edition can be found here:

http://www.activestate.com/business-edition

Custom builds are available in the Enterprise Edition:

http://www.activestate.com/enterprise-edition

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team

--
Sridhar Ratnakumar
Python Developer
ActiveState, The Dynamic Language Experts

sridharr at activestate.com
http://www.activestate.com

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  • Python at Dec 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm
    Sridhar,

    Do the Windows versions of ActivePython 2.7.1.3 have different versions
    of Tcl/Tk, sqlite3(.dll), and/or openssl (_ssl.pyd?) than the python.org
    builds of Python 2.7.1?

    Thank you,
    Malcolm
  • Sridhar Ratnakumar at Dec 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    On 2010-12-13, at 10:38 AM, python at bdurham.com wrote:

    [SRID] Release notes for 2.7.1.3 [...]
    [SRID] - Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.9 (`changes <http://wiki.tcl.tk/26961>`_)
    Do the Windows versions of ActivePython 2.7.1.3 have different versions
    of Tcl/Tk, sqlite3(.dll), and/or openssl (_ssl.pyd?) than the python.org
    builds of Python 2.7.1?
    You can find the versions used in ActivePython here,
    http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.7/whatsincluded.html

    We generally build with the latest compatible version of extensions (except for Tcl/Tk on 2.5/2.6/3.1 as python.org still uses 8.4) ... but that should not be an issue with 2.7 as I believe that the python.org MSI installer is now using Tcl/Tk 8.5 (albeit with an older patch-level version?) to support the new `ttk` module in 2.7+.

    Does that answer your query?

    -srid
  • Python at Dec 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm
    Sridhar,
    You can find the versions used in ActivePython here,
    http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/2.7/whatsincluded.html
    Thank you - that page answered my questions.

    Malcolm
  • Terry Reedy at Dec 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    On 12/13/2010 1:48 PM, Sridhar Ratnakumar wrote:

    We generally build with the latest compatible version of extensions
    (except for Tcl/Tk on 2.5/2.6/3.1 as python.org still uses 8.4) ...
    The PSF 3.1 Windows installer ships with tcl/tk 8.5 and ttk support.
    You ought to too.
    but that should not be an issue with 2.7 as I believe that the
    python.org MSI installer is now using Tcl/Tk 8.5 (albeit with an
    older patch-level version?) to support the new `ttk` module in 2.7+.
    For 3.1.3 and 3.2, the tcl/tk85.libs are dated 8/28/2010. Don't know
    what that means though.

    Terry Jan Reedy
  • Sridhar Ratnakumar at Dec 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    On 2010-12-13, at 11:50 AM, Terry Reedy wrote:
    On 12/13/2010 1:48 PM, Sridhar Ratnakumar wrote:

    We generally build with the latest compatible version of extensions
    (except for Tcl/Tk on 2.5/2.6/3.1 as python.org still uses 8.4) ...
    The PSF 3.1 Windows installer ships with tcl/tk 8.5 and ttk support.
    You ought to too.
    ActivePython (APy) 2.5+/3.1+ already use Tcl/Tk 8.5 ... I was referring to the PSF installers (hence the mismatch in versions between APy and PSF). Maybe that was changed in 3.1.3.
    but that should not be an issue with 2.7 as I believe that the
    python.org MSI installer is now using Tcl/Tk 8.5 (albeit with an
    older patch-level version?) to support the new `ttk` module in 2.7+.
    For 3.1.3 and 3.2, the tcl/tk85.libs are dated 8/28/2010. Don't know what that means though.
    I did this for ActivePython 2.7,
    import Tkinter
    root = Tkinter.Tk()
    root.tk.eval('info patchlevel')
    '8.5.9'
    >>>

    -srid
  • Terry Reedy at Dec 14, 2010 at 12:21 am

    On 12/13/2010 4:23 PM, Sridhar Ratnakumar wrote:

    The PSF 3.1 Windows installer ships with tcl/tk 8.5 and ttk support.
    Maybe that was changed in 3.1.3.
    No, 3.1 (not sure of 3.0) has always used 8.5 on windows and included
    tkinter.ttk module.

    I did this for ActivePython 2.7,
    import Tkinter
    root = Tkinter.Tk()
    root.tk.eval('info patchlevel')
    '8.5.9'
    8.5.2 here. Are there noticeable improvements?

    --
    Terry Jan Reedy
  • Sridhar Ratnakumar at Dec 14, 2010 at 12:35 am

    On 2010-12-13, at 4:21 PM, Terry Reedy wrote:
    On 12/13/2010 4:23 PM, Sridhar Ratnakumar wrote:

    The PSF 3.1 Windows installer ships with tcl/tk 8.5 and ttk support.
    Maybe that was changed in 3.1.3.
    No, 3.1 (not sure of 3.0) has always used 8.5 on windows and included
    tkinter.ttk module.
    Ok, good to know.
    I did this for ActivePython 2.7,
    import Tkinter
    root = Tkinter.Tk()
    root.tk.eval('info patchlevel')
    '8.5.9'
    8.5.2 here. Are there noticeable improvements?
    Nothing I can think of except module updates and bug fixes[1],
    http://wiki.tcl.tk/405

    I don't know how dependencies are managed when building PSF installers. From my experience, updating to newer tcl/tk patchlevel releases never broke the ActivePython build.

    -srid

    [1] David wanted to use >=8.5.8 due to a specific bug fix, http://community.activestate.com/forum/version-859-under-mac-os-x-am-i-getting-it

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