A couple issues remain before the alpha release:
Issue: Fixing some new-style SessionMiddleware to process the response even if the view raises an exception.
Status: This is somewhat in design decision needed if anyone would like to take a look and offer feedback. I'll look at it more closely tomorrow.https://github.com/django/django/pull/6618
Issue: Made CSRF tokens change every request.
Status: Awaiting final (trivial, I believe) updates from Shai.https://github.com/django/django/pull/5605
Issue: i18n test failures on Windows
Status: Awaiting someone with interest in Windows i18n to investigate. I'm not considering this a blocker for the release (alpha or otherwise) since we can't guarantee sometime with Windows expertise to fix the issue.https://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/25677
I hope to resolve these issues and make the alpha release tomorrow or Friday.