[Distutils] setup.cfg new format proposal

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Mon Sep 21 08:52:22 CEST 2009

David Lyon <david.lyon at preisshare.net> writes:

> I don't know if you have checked lately but not many windows users
> these days even know what a command line even is.
> It's just plain unreasonable to expect windows users to resort to a
> command line in this day and age.

No, I think the attitude of these statements is unreasonable. I also
find it staggeringly condescending. Windows users are no less capable of
learning how to use the systems they're interested in, nor are they less
capable of using cross-platform tools than users of other platforms.

> Anyway, windows is just an 'edge-use-case'. So lets not worry.

You can't have it both ways; earlier in the same message you argued
exactly that Windows *is* somehow special, in that its users are
incapable of operating equivalent tools tha the rest of us use.

I happen to think that's wrong: that, instead, Windows is a major
platform, and its users run the same range of human capability as users
of other platforms.

No need to special-case Windows users; make available tools that operate
in a similar way as the rest of us have. If they want the operating
system to work better with others, they can take the same responsibility
as the rest of us: pressure their OS vendors to fix the problems, or get
involved to work on it themselves. Either way, they don't deserve
special treatment just for being Windows users.

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Ben Finney

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