Release plans / back porting ?

Hi Obspy friends,

I guess this is a questions mainly to the developers.

With my last install of ObsPy 0.8.3, I realised that the script is not working anymore with my python 2.7.5 (MacPorts). I am pretty sure, it was okay some time ago as I was able to install obspy. However, new builds from scratch fail.

Well, in master the was replaces by a numpy.distutils based version. So cited version became obsolete and I guess there is no point in compiling an issue against it. Maybe I am work?

Is there any new release to be expected soon?

So what to do in the meanwhile?
Is there some strategy to do back porting in such a case?