Georg Brandl wrote:
I wonder if it's still necessary to provide .tar.bz2 and .tgz source tarballs. If anything, it would be nice to provide .tar.xz in addition to .tar.bz2, which has a nicer compression ratio:
.tgz - 13 MB .tar.bz2 - 11 MB .tar.xz - 8.6 MB
I've never heard of the .xz format before, but if it provides better compression, then why not add it to the available options.
I'd also suggest a .zip file source format as alternative to the above. This is more common on Windows platforms.
BTW: The download page says: """ * Python 3.1.3 compressed source tarball (for Linux, Unix or OS X) * Python 3.1.3 bzipped source tarball (for Linux, Unix or OS X, more compressed) """ This sounds like the source tarball is not the right source distribution for Windows platforms.
And then there's a general issue with the user experience for first-time users of Python: there's a quick install guide missing on the download page.
I'll open a ticket for that.