ANN: ActivePython is now available

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Sridhar Ratnakumar

We are pleased to announce the availability of ActivePython

This release corresponds to the recently released Python 2.7, and, like
ActivePython 2.6, includes the Python Package Manager (PyPM) with
essential packages such as Distribute (a compatible fork of setuptools),
virtualenv, pip and SQLAlchemy. See the release notes for full details:

For a high-level overview of this release, please see our blog post:

This is also the first ActivePython release with 64-bit support on MacOSX.

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:

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 and 2.7 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

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

An online version of the docs can be found here:

We would welcome any and all feedback to:

(e-mail address removed)

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

Custom builds are available in Enterprise Edition:

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team


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