November 22, 2010
The DjangoCon organizing committee, led by Steve Holden, has just announced that DjangoCon US 2011 will be held in Portland, Oregon, from September 6-8 2011. This will be followed by a couple of days of sprints. We are also exploring the possibility of running tutorials on the day before (September 5).
There will be a change of venue from the last two years -- we've shifted to the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. This is located right in the middle of downtown Portland, so it should be a lot more convenient for dinner and other social activities.
The budget hasn't been finalized yet, but we will be aiming to keep registration fees comparable to DjangoCon US 2010. However, we have already negotiated complimentary internet for everyone staying at the hotel, and throughout the ballroom where the conference will be taking place.
Although there was some interest in looking at other venues, due to the relatively short time frame, it was necessary to stick to Portland for at least one more year. To that end -- if you are interested in hosting DjangoCon US 2012 in a location other than Portland, now is the time to start organizing. Jump on the DjangoCon organizers mailing list an let us know that you want to help out. And if you want to help organize DjangoCon US 2011, jump on the same list!
Hope to see you in Portland in September!
November 11, 2010
In order to assist in the timely release of Django 1.3, we are holding a series of Django development sprints over the next couple of weeks.
This weekend, on Saturday November 13, there will be 2 sprints held in parallel. One sprint will be held at the betahaus coworking space in Berlin, Germany. The second will be at several locations around Argentina.
If you can't make it to Argentina, Berlin, or Sydney in person, you can join us in the #django-sprint IRC channel and help out that way.
For more information on the plans for these sprints, please check out the wiki pages. If you plan on attending, please add your name to the list so that the organizers know how many people to expect. If you want to know what to work on, or you've never been sprinting before and want to know what to expect, check out the wiki page on ideas for sprints.
Hope to see you there!
November 11, 2010
As part of the Django 1.3 release process, tonight we've released Django 1.3 alpha 1, a preview/testing package that gives a little taste of some of the new features coming in Django 1.3. As with all alpha and beta packages, this is not for production use, but if you'd like to try out some of the new goodies coming in 1.3, or if you'd like to pitch in and help us fix bugs before the final 1.3 release (due in January), feel free to grab a copy and give it a spin.
You can get a copy of the 1.3 alpha package from our downloads page, and we recommend you read the release notes. Also, for the security conscious, signed MD5 and SHA1 checksums of the 1.3 alpha package are available.