[pydotorg-www] Fwd: Misleading or incomplete 64-bit download information

Michael Foord michael at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Aug 25 22:45:46 CEST 2010

  Suggestion on adding some information about Windows 64bit builds to 
the download pages.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Misleading or incomplete 64-bit download information
Date: 	Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:10:20 -0400
From: 	Art Huston <art at arthuston.com>
To: 	webmaster at python.org


Please consider adding a note on the Windows X86-64 MSI Installer
instructions to reflect the fact that while you can download the
64-bit version, you will sacrifice compatibility with 32-bit libraries
and utilities, many of which are not available in 64-bit. The existing
footnote "[1] The binaries for AMD64 will also work ..." is a bit
misleading or incomplete, since it encourages 64-bit OS users to
download the 64-bit version without mentioning the restrictions.

It could be placed in the text near the Windows X86-64 MSI Installer
link, or placed as an additional footnote. Also, please note that the
footnote "[1]" is not referenced anywhere else in the text and is easy
to overlook for that reason.

Art Huston

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew Dixon Cowles<matt at mondoinfo.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Python-Help] python 2.7 not found installing setuptools on Windows
To: Art Huston<art at arthuston.com>
Cc: help at python.org

Dear Art,

>  That works just fine, great!

I'm glad it's working for you now.

>  [1]<http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7/#id1>  The binaries
>  for AMD64 will also work on processors that implement the Intel 64
>  architecture (formerly EM64T), i.e. the architecture that Microsoft
>  calls x64, and AMD called x86-64 before calling it AMD64. They will
>  not work on Intel Itanium Processors (formerly IA-64).

>  Perhaps that's not the most useful information, and you should
>  advise using the 32-bit version?

It is perhaps a bit incomplete in that it doesn't mention that more
things are compiled to work with the 32-bit version. If you'd like to
email python.org's webmaster team to mention that, they might well
adjust the wording a bit.


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