[Distutils] Handling the binary dependency management problem

Marcus Smith qwcode at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 04:09:02 CET 2013

> 2. For cross-platform handling of external binary dependencies, we
> recommend boostrapping the open source conda toolchain, and using that
> to install pre-built binaries (currently administered by the Continuum
> Analytics folks).

We already have a recommendation for conda: "If you’re looking for
management of fully integrated cross-platform software stacks".
That's admittedly pretty abstract.  I certainly see no harm in expanding
this so that it does a better job of attracting users that would seriously
Maybe even link to a section on "Conda Environments" on the Advanced page.
I don't have a good sense for the scope of what's currently available in
anaconda to know how many users it could help.
I guess I'd have to see the wording and placement of the recommendation, to
judge it fully.
My concern is just to prevent a horde of users trying to use conda
environments that don't really need it.
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