Anthony Baxter posted that Python 2.5 Beta 1 has been officially released.
You can find downloads here and “what’s new” here. It looks like they have included a quasi-currying function called “partial”, which is interesting. Also included is a ternary styled conditional expression in the form of “x = true_value if condition else false_value”. Also, you can have try, except, finally, and else all at the same time. And, ctypes, ElementTree, hashlib, sqlite, and wsgiref are all part of the standard library.
These are some pretty big changes and there are more changes on the “what’s new” page referenced above.