[Distutils] Questions about distutils strategy

James C. Ahlstrom jim@interet.com
Wed, 08 Dec 1999 09:21:59 -0500

Greg Ward wrote:

> The whole point of Distutils is to allow Joe Unix Geek to develop module
> distributions that will build and install painlessly on non-Unix

This is a wonderfully succinct explanation, and I think
I understand this now.  Thanks.

From the Windows side, it is now clear that DistUtils is useful
for programmers making software which is portable to Windows
and Unix.  Such software is difficult to write, and if it
contains a GUI component, it is very difficult to write.
Most commercial developers think portable means it runs on
both 95 and NT.

I realize everyone understands this, but I have to conclude
that DistUtils will not be helpful in trying to "sell" most
commercial developers on the idea that they should use Python.