[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Gerhard Häring haering_python@gmx.de
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 06:48:11 +0200

* Andrew MacIntyre <andymac@bullseye.apana.org.au> [2002-04-10 09:12 +1100]:
> On Mon, 8 Apr 2002, Skip Montanaro wrote:
> > Windows installers should not be created for
> > development releases and Linux distributions will have no business
> > installing a Python development release in /usr.
> Not creating some installable Windows package for development releases
> cuts of most of your potential reviewers on that platform.

I doubt that there's a lot of input from Windows users for alphas/betas
for major releases. The reason is that if they needed to test their
software, they'd also need new builds of the third-party packages they
use on Windows. But some of these are hard to build and most users don't
know there are perfectly good free compilers for Windows.

If it is easier for Tim/the Pythonlabs folks, why not just (for
development snapshorts) put the Windows binaries in a zipfile that can
be unzipped and will just work? I fail to see why an installer is
absolutely necessary for Windows users.

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