Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Django 1.5 now available in BitNami

We are happy to announce that  Django 1.5 has been finally released and it is already available in BitNami. After a couple of developer  preview versions we are finally able to bring you the latest stable version of Django,  ready to use.

In case you have been living under a rock, Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.

If you are not familiar already with BitNami DjangoStack, it is a free packaging offering that simplifies the development and deployment of Django and Python applications. You can download a native installer or a virtual machine. If you prefer you can also launch a cloud image in the Windows Azure or in the Amazon Cloud. BitNami stacks simplify the deployment and testing of open source web apps and are an ideal method to test the latest releases of your favorite projects, including Django.

The biggest new feature in Django 1.5 is the configurable User model. Another important new feature is that GeoDjango now supports PostGIS 2.0, which is already bundled in the BitNami DjangoStack. GeoDjango makes it simple to create geographic Web applications, like location-based services. You can check our GeoDjango Quickstart guide for details on how to use GeoDjango with PostGIS 2.0 on BitNami DjangoStack.

This version of BitNami DjangoStack includes ready-to-run versions of Apache 2.2 with mod_wsgi 3.3, SQLite 3.7, MySQL 5.5, PostgreSQL 9.2 with PostGIS 2.0 (only of Linux and Mac OS X), Python 2.7 and Django 1.5.

But there are much more in this Django release, as you can see in the release notes for this version. Watch out for some backwards incompatible changes