[AstroPy] Deployment and packaging

Lisa M Winter lisa.winter at Colorado.EDU
Thu Jun 16 13:07:41 EDT 2011

In response to the issue of ease of installation for numpy/scipy/ 
matplotlib on a Mac, this is not a trivial feat for the average user.   
You need to install the correct versions of C, fortran, etc., in order  
to get things to work properly.  I hadn't found any easy binary  
installs either.  While looking for installations for my undergrad  
research students this summer, we tried the standard installs, got  
frustrated, and turned to the extremely easy method of installing  
everything with Enthought (a packaged python distribution).  A decent  
set of instructions will be crucial for the packaging of the data so  
that standard users like myself can get things running smoothly  
without spending days trying to get everything set up (which happened  
the first few times I tried installing on my own).

Lisa Winter

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