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Django 1.5 release candidate

As part of the Django 1.5 release process, today we've released Django 1.5 release candidate 1, a preview/testing package for Django 1.5. As with all pre-release packages, this is not for production use, but if you'd like to try out some of the new goodies coming in 1.5, or if you'd like to pitch in and help us fix bugs before the final 1.5 release, feel free to grab a copy and give it a spin.

In particular, we ask users of this release candidate to watch for and report any major bugs they encounter; if no release-blocking bugs are reported, Django 1.5 will be released in approximately one week.

You can get a copy of the 1.5 release candidate from our downloads page, and we recommend you read the release notes. Also, for the security conscious, signed MD5 and SHA1 checksums of the 1.5 release candidate are available.

Also, please note that Django 1.5 now requires a minimum of Python 2.6; Python 2.5 is no longer supported. Python 3.x releases, starting with Python 3.2, are experimentally supported in this release. For more information on Python 3 support, and the testing Django 1.5 will still need, see this blog post.

Posted by James Bennett on January 4, 2013