ANN: ActivePython is now available

Discussion in 'Python' started by Sridhar Ratnakumar, Feb 12, 2010.

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

    This is a minor release with several updates and fixes.

    Changes in

    - 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:

    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:

    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 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:

    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:

    We would welcome any and all feedback to:

    Please file bugs against ActivePython at:

    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:

    Thanks, and enjoy!

    The Python Team

    Sridhar Ratnakumar
    sridharr at
    Sridhar Ratnakumar, Feb 12, 2010
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