However, the PEP mentions that
In Python 2.4, you must enable the new absolute import behavior with from __future__ import absolute_import
which got me excited because it means I don't need to wait for Python 2.5 to take advantage of it.
from __future__ import absolute_import
SyntaxError: future feature absolute_import is not defined
So that part of PEP 328 was just teasing me. I think it's an error in the PEP.
The original post had 2 comments I'm in the process of migrating over.