[Numpy-discussion] ANN: WinPython v2.7.3.0

Paul Anton Letnes paul.anton.letnes at gmail.com
Sat Oct 13 02:52:06 EDT 2012

Hi Pierre,

first I'd like to congratulate you on a product which seems to finally solve all the problems I have at work regarding python scripting. A portable, fully featured python distribution is indeed very useful.

One question though: Is there a way to run winpython's IPython under cygwin, without a separate window popping up? Just setting the PATH doesn't quite cut it, unfortunately. I'm interested because cygwin doesn't come with many science oriented python packages at all.


On 24. sep. 2012, at 21:22, Pierre Raybaut wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm pleased to introduce my new contribution to the Python community: WinPython.
> WinPython v2.7.3.0 has been released and is available for 32-bit and
> 64-bit Windows platforms:
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/
> WinPython is a free open-source portable distribution of Python for
> Windows, designed for scientists.
> It is a full-featured (see
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/PackageIndex) Python-based
> scientific environment:
>  * Designed for scientists (thanks to the integrated libraries NumPy,
> SciPy, Matplotlib, guiqwt, etc.:
>    * Regular *scientific users*: interactive data processing and
> visualization using Python with Spyder
>    * *Advanced scientific users and software developers*: Python
> applications development with Spyder, version control with Mercurial
> and other development tools (like gettext)
>  * *Portable*: preconfigured, it should run out of the box on any
> machine under Windows (without any installation requirements) and the
> folder containing WinPython can be moved to any location (local,
> network or removable drive)
>  * *Flexible*: one can install (or should I write "use" as it's
> portable) as many WinPython versions as necessary (like isolated and
> self-consistent environments), even if those versions are running
> different versions of Python (2.7, 3.x in the near future) or
> different architectures (32bit or 64bit) on the same machine
>  * *Customizable*: using the integrated package manager (wppm, as
> WinPython Package Manager), it's possible to install, uninstall or
> upgrade Python packages (see
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/WPPM for more details on
> supported package formats).
> *WinPython is not an attempt to replace Python(x,y)*, this is just
> something different (see
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/Roadmap): more flexible,
> easier to maintain, movable and less invasive for the OS, but
> certainly less user-friendly, with less packages/contents and without
> any integration to Windows explorer [*].
> [*] Actually there is an optional integration into Windows explorer,
> providing the same features as the official Python installer regarding
> file associations and context menu entry (this option may be activated
> through the WinPython Control Panel).
> Enjoy!
> -Pierre
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