[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 18:32:42 -0400
> I doubt that there's a lot of input from Windows users for alphas/b=
> for major releases.
As explained before, every time we do a prerelease, the Windows downl=
account for a large majority of prerelease downloads (most recently, =
many .exe as .tgz downloads off of SourceForge for 2.2.1c2). I have =
what Windows users do with them, though, as they sure don't seem to r=
many bugs against prereleases.
> The reason is that if they needed to test their software, they'd al=
> need new builds of the third-party packages they use on Windows. Bu=
> some of these are hard to build and most users don't know there are
> perfectly good free compilers for Windows.
Yes, in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king <wink>.
> If it is easier for Tim/the Pythonlabs folks, why not just (for
> development snapshorts) put the Windows binaries in a zipfile that =
> be unzipped and will just work? I fail to see why an installer is
> absolutely necessary for Windows users.
Explained before; the Windows build tree structure is unusable for mo=
Windows end-users, and the installer contains all the intelligence ab=
to create a Windows install tree structure. This includes not only m=
files, but renaming them too (chiefly to give readable text files .tx=
extensions instead of leaving them bare).