While looking for SSL support in Python, I was happy to see that the same is addressed in Python 2.6, the new version released on October 1st, 2008.
I can not wait to start experimenting with the SSL-related features in Python 2.6 for PyRAFT framework. And I can not stop myself from appreciating the kind of new things that are being introduced. Have a look here: http://docs.python.org/whatsnew/2.6.html
This is what the summary page says:
The major theme of Python 2.6 is preparing the migration path to Python 3.0, a major redesign of the language. Whenever possible, Python 2.6 incorporates new features and syntax from 3.0 while remaining compatible with existing code by not removing older features or syntax. When it’s not possible to do that, Python 2.6 tries to do what it can, adding compatibility functions in a future_builtins module and a -3 switch to warn about usages that will become unsupported in 3.0.
Some significant new packages have been added to the standard library, such as the multiprocessing and json modules, but there aren’t many new features that aren’t related to Python 3.0 in some way.
Python 2.6 also sees a number of improvements and bugfixes throughout the source. A search through the change logs finds there were 259 patches applied and 612 bugs fixed between Python 2.5 and 2.6. Both figures are likely to be underestimates.