May 26, 2013
As part of the Django 1.6 release process, today we've released Django 1.6 alpha 1, a preview/testing package that gives a little taste of some of the new stuff coming in Django 1.6. 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 1.6, or if you'd like to pitch in and help us fix bugs before the final 1.6 release (due in August), feel free to grab a copy and give it a spin.
You can get a copy of the 1.6 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 1.6 alpha package are available.
Astute readers of our release policies may note that this schedule would have us ceasing support for Django 1.4 this summer, less than two years after it was released. We're still figuring out the specifics, but we will probably extend support for 1.4 somewhat farther than that because of its widespread use. If you'd like to help us figure out the specifics, discussion will take place on the django-developers mailing list.