[Numpy-discussion] Proposal: stop providing official win32 downloads (for now)

David Cournapeau cournape at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 14:18:48 EST 2015


On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 7:11 PM, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 10:05 PM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com>
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>>>> There's a good chance that many downloads are from unsuspecting users
>> with a 64-bit Python, and they then just get an unhelpful "cannot find
>> Python" error from the installer.
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> could be -- hard to know.
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>> At least until we have binary wheels on PyPi.
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>>> What's up with that, by the way?
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>> I expect those to appear in 2016, built with MinGW-w64 and OpenBLAS.
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> nice. Anyway, I do think it's important to have a "official" easy way to
> get numpy for pyton.org pythons.
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> numpy does/can/should see a lot of use outside the "scientific computing"
> community. And people are wary of dependencies. people should be able to
> use numpy in their projects, without requiring that their users start all
> over with Anaconda or ???
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> The ideal is for "pip install" to "just work" -- sound sike we're getting
> there.
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> BTW, we've been wary of putting a 32 bit wheel up 'cause of the whole
> "what processor features to require" issue, but if we think it's OK to drop
> the binary installer altogether, I can't see the harm in putting a 32 bit
> SSE2 wheel up.
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> Any way to know how many people are running 32 bit Python on Windows these
> days??
>

I don't claim we are representative of the whole community, but as far as
canopy is concerned, it is still a significant platform. That's the only 32
bit platform we still support (both linux and osx 32 bits were < 1 % of our
downloads)

David


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