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PEP 0398 -- Python 3.3 Release Schedule

PEP: 398
Title: Python 3.3 Release Schedule
Author: Georg Brandl <georg at python.org>
Status: Active
Type: Informational
Created: 23-Mar-2011
Python-Version: 3.3

Abstract

This document describes the development and release schedule for Python 3.3. The schedule primarily concerns itself with PEP-sized items.

Release Manager and Crew

  • 3.3 Release Manager: Georg Brandl
  • Windows installers: Martin v. Löwis
  • Mac installers: Ronald Oussoren/Ned Deily
  • Documentation: Georg Brandl

3.3 Lifespan

3.3 will receive bugfix updates approximately every 4-6 months for approximately 18 months. After the release of 3.4.0 final, a final 3.3 bugfix update will be released. After that, security updates (source only) will be released until 5 years after the release of 3.3 final, which will be September 2017.

Release Schedule

3.3.0 schedule

  • 3.3.0 alpha 1: March 5, 2012
  • 3.3.0 alpha 2: April 2, 2012
  • 3.3.0 alpha 3: May 1, 2012
  • 3.3.0 alpha 4: May 31, 2012
  • 3.3.0 beta 1: June 27, 2012

(No new features beyond this point.)

  • 3.3.0 beta 2: August 12, 2012
  • 3.3.0 candidate 1: August 24, 2012
  • 3.3.0 candidate 2: September 9, 2012
  • 3.3.0 candidate 3: September 24, 2012
  • 3.3.0 final: September 29, 2012

3.3.1 schedule

  • 3.3.1 candidate 1: March 23, 2013
  • 3.3.1 final: April 6, 2013

3.3.2 schedule

  • 3.3.2 final: May 13, 2013

3.3.3 schedule

  • 3.3.3 candidate 1: October 27, 2013
  • 3.3.3 candidate 2: November 9, 2013
  • 3.3.3 final: November 16, 2013

3.3.4 schedule

  • 3.3.4 candidate 1: January 26, 2014
  • 3.3.4 final: February 9, 2014

3.3.5 schedule

Python 3.3.5 was the last regular maintenance release before 3.3 entered security-fix only mode.

  • 3.3.5 candidate 1: February 22, 2014
  • 3.3.5 candidate 2: March 1, 2014
  • 3.3.5 final: March 8, 2014

3.3.6 schedule

  • 3.3.6 candidate 1 (source-only release): October 4, 2014
  • 3.3.6 final (source-only release): October 11, 2014

Features for 3.3

Implemented / Final PEPs:

  • PEP 362 : Function Signature Object
  • PEP 380 : Syntax for Delegating to a Subgenerator
  • PEP 393 : Flexible String Representation
  • PEP 397 : Python launcher for Windows
  • PEP 399 : Pure Python/C Accelerator Module Compatibility Requirements
  • PEP 405 : Python Virtual Environments
  • PEP 409 : Suppressing exception context
  • PEP 412 : Key-Sharing Dictionary
  • PEP 414 : Explicit Unicode Literal for Python 3.3
  • PEP 415 : Implement context suppression with exception attributes
  • PEP 417 : Including mock in the Standard Library
  • PEP 418 : Add monotonic time, performance counter, and process time functions
  • PEP 420 : Implicit Namespace Packages
  • PEP 421 : Adding sys.implementation
  • PEP 3118 : Revising the buffer protocol (protocol semantics finalised)
  • PEP 3144 : IP Address manipulation library
  • PEP 3151 : Reworking the OS and IO exception hierarchy
  • PEP 3155 : Qualified name for classes and functions

Other final large-scale changes:

  • Addition of the "faulthandler" module
  • Addition of the "lzma" module, and lzma/xz support in tarfile
  • Implementing __import__ using importlib
  • Addition of the C decimal implementation
  • Switch of Windows build toolchain to VS 2010

Candidate PEPs:

  • None

Other planned large-scale changes:

  • None

Deferred to post-3.3:

  • PEP 395 : Qualified Names for Modules
  • PEP 3143 : Standard daemon process library
  • PEP 3154 : Pickle protocol version 4
  • Breaking out standard library and docs in separate repos
  • Addition of the "packaging" module, deprecating "distutils"
  • Addition of the "regex" module
  • Email version 6
  • A standard event-loop interface (PEP by Jim Fulton pending)
Source: https://hg.python.org/peps/file/tip/pep-0398.txt