LinuxProgramming: Python 1.6 or 2.0?Sep 11, 2000, 12:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin C. Brown)
"An unusual event happened last week, on the 7th of September. We had not one, but two releases of Python. The first to be released was Python 1.6 from CNRI, the company that Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, used to work at. Python 1.6b1 has been available for some time, so it wasn't a complete surprise to see the final version released."
"However, just a few hours later, Python 2.0b1was released by BeOpen, the organization that Guido and other members of the development team moved to earlier this year. Version 2.0 is actually the bigger of the two releases, including many more features and is actually based on the 1.6 code. Since 2.0 is still in its beta testing phase, most people will probably want to stick to the 1.6 version. The libraries and binaries are all installed with the version numbers attached, so you can safely keep all three versions on your Linux machine concurrently, but make sure that you update the link for /usr/local/bin/python to the version you want to use."
"Before we look at what's new in version 2.0, let's first look at the changes in Python 1.6. Most of the changes in 1.6 relate to tightening up of the language and resolving some of the bugs. There also a lot of internal work that's gone on to expand and standardize some of the features. The rest of changes are fairly straightforward."