On Fri, 30 Nov 2018 at 00:17, Steven D'Aprano firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Especially not *Paul's* problems, as I understand he personally is reasonably satisfied with the stdlib and doesn't use any of those third-party distros. (Paul, did I get that right?)
That's correct. And not just "reasonably satisfied" - I strongly prefer the python.org distribution (with "just" the stdlib) over those others.
But we should be careful making comparisons like this. The benefit of the stdlib is as a "common denominator" core functionality. It's not that I don't need other modules. I use data analysis packages a lot, but I still prefer the core distribution (plus PyPI) over Anaconda, because when I'm *not* using data analysis packages (which I use in a virtualenv) my "base" environment is something that exists in *every* Python installation, no matter what distribution. And the core is available in places where I *can't* use extra modules.