Sorry for flooding the list with my questions, but I think I found another problem with easy_install. Calling it on "mathdom==0.7.1" invokes an infinite sourceforge download loop. I've given up after watching "Download failed" messages for about 20 minutes. So I can't prove this loop is infinite. ;-)
BTW, is there any kind of tracker for setuptools, so I could use that instead of writing directly to this list? I couldn't found one one the homepage.