[Numpy-discussion] Binary releases

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 11:36:27 EDT 2013

New summary

   1. 32 bit windows, python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, compiled with MSVC
   2. 64 bit windows, python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, compiled with MSVC, linked
   with MKL

These should be good for both windows 7 and window 8.

For Mac there is first the question of OS X versions, (10.5?), 10.6, 10.7,
10.8. If 10.5 is omitted, packages built on 10.6 should be good for 10.7
and 10.8, so

   1. OS X 10.6  python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, compiled with native compiler,
   linked with Accelerate.

The main question seems to be distribution and coordination with scipy. I
was thinking we would link in MKL statically, which I think should be OK.
Christoph does that and it should decouple Numpy from Scipy. It may not be
the most efficient way to do things, but it would work. My impression is
that if we wanted to distribute a dynamic library then every user would
need an MKL license to use it.

It would be good to get this settled soon as we can't afford to futz around
with this forever waiting to release Numpy 1.8 and Scipy 0.13.

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