[pydotorg-www] Fwd: Misleading or incomplete 64-bit download information
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.
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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 " 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 "" is not referenced anywhere else in the text and is easy
to overlook for that reason.
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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
> That works just fine, great!
I'm glad it's working for you now.
> <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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