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ActiveState is pleased to announce ActivePython 3.2.0.0, a complete,
ready-to-install binary distribution of Python 3.2.

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

What's New in ActivePython-3.2.0.0
==================================

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

- First ActivePython release based on Python 3.2 core
- PyPM (beta) for Python 3.2
- Distribute (setuptools)
- [Windows] Upgrade to PyWin32 CVS snapshot as of 2011-01-16
- [MacOSX] ``readline`` support via Apple's ``libedit`` library
- OpenSSL 1.0.0d
- [Windows] Fix a ``tarfile`` performance issue (`issue11224
<http://bugs.python.org/issue11224>`_)


What's new in Python 3.2
========================

* Stable ABI: Extension modules built for 3.2 can continue to work with
3.3, 3.4 and so on.

* argparse: argparse, an improved alternative to optparse included in
Python 2.7, is now available in 3.2 as well.

* concurrent.futures: Inspired by java.util.concurrent.package, this
module abstracts threads/processes/RPC-calls by way of abstract
executors with support for status checks, timeouts, cancellations,
callbacks, access to results or exceptions. futures makes it easier to
switch from one concurrent implementation to another, eg: from thread to
process pool.

* PYC repository directories: Ever faced with ".pyc conflicts" between
multiple Python versions? Python 3.2 introduced a new bytecode caching
mechanism: foo.pyc gets a new name: __pycache__/foo.cpython-32.pyc
(similarly for .so files) ... thus properly fixing such conflicts, even
across different Python interpreter implementations.

* WSGI for Python 3: The WSGI spec is now adapted for Python3's
bytes/text distinction. See PEP 3333 for details.

For the complete list of changes, see
http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/3.2/python/whatsnew/3.2.html


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 also includes a binary package manager for Python (PyPM)
that can be used to install packages much easily. For example:

C:\>pypm install numpy
[...]

C:\>python
import numpy.linalg
>>>

PyPM module availability for 3.2 can be seen at:

http://code.activestate.com/pypm/tag:python3/

See this page for full details:

http://docs.activestate.com/activepython/3.2/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/3.2/

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
sridharr at activestate.com

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