[Python-Dev] Adventures with x64, VS7 and VS8 on Windows

Kristján Valur Jónsson kristjan at ccpgames.com
Tue May 29 15:29:58 CEST 2007

> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Martin v. Löwis" [mailto:martin at v.loewis.de]
> > Just imagine the a school teacher who in good faith wants to
> introduce
> > his pupils to the wonderful programming language of Python, but
> > when he installs it, all kinds of scary looking warnings drive him
> off.
> > Vista is, like it or not, going to be very prevalent.  If we want
> python
> > to be easily accessible to the masses, we mustn't take an elitist
> > attitude or else risk scaring people off.
> I'm completely in favor of fixing actual bugs. However, I'm not aware
> of any (related to Vista). That it is not logo compliant is *not*
> a bug. Python hasn't been logo compliant for more than a decade
> now (the "install to Program Files" is not a new requirement, but
> existed since Win95).

I'm not saying that it is a bug, but since this is python-dev, I am
discussing it as a desirable "feature".

One feature that is easily addable and will certainly make installing
python on vista nicer, is to add authenticode signing to the install.
Currently the user is faced with a very nasty and off-putting message
about an unidentified program requesting access to his computer.

See http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb172338.aspx .
I think the PSF should be able to obtain a certificate from MS.


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