[Python-Dev] Prerelease Python fun on Windows!
Fri, 1 Sep 2000 07:34:46 -0400
A prerelease of the Python2.0b1 Windows installer is now available via
anonymous FTP, from
Be sure to set FTP Binary mode before you get it.
This is not *the* release. Indeed, the docs are still from some old
pre-beta version of Python 1.6 (sorry, Fred, but I'm really sleepy!). What
I'm trying to test here is the installer, and the basic integrity of the
installation. A lot has changed, and we hope all for the better.
Points of particular interest:
+ I'm running a Win98SE laptop. The install works great for me. How
about NT? 2000? 95? ME? Win64 <shudder>?
+ For the first time ever, the Windows installer should *not* require
adminstrator privileges under NT or 2000. This is untested. If you
log in as an adminstrator, it should write Python's registry info
under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. If not an adminstrator, it should pop up
an informative message and write the registry info under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead. Does this work? This prerelease includes
a patch from Mark Hammond that makes Python look in HKCU before HKLM
(note that that also allows users to override the HKLM settings, if
test_socket is expected to fail if you're not on a network, or logged
into your ISP, at the time your run the test suite. Otherwise
test_socket is expected to pass. All other tests are expected to
pass (although, as always, a number of Unix-specific tests should get
+ Get into a DOS-box Python, and try
This installation of Python should not interfere with, or be damaged
by, any other installation of Tcl/Tk you happen to have lying around.
This is also the first time we're using Tcl/Tk 8.3.2, and that needs
wider testing too.
+ If the Tkinter test worked, try IDLE!
Start -> Programs -> Python20 -> IDLE.
+ There is no time limit on this installation. But if you use it for
more than 30 days, you're going to have to ask us to pay you <wink>.
windows!-it's-not-just-for-breakfast-anymore-ly y'rs - tim