[Python-Dev] Distutils and Distribute roadmap (and some words on Virtualenv, Pip)

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at gmail.com
Sun Oct 11 19:27:16 CEST 2009

On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/10/9 Michael Foord <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk>:
>> Many Windows users would be quite happy if the standard mechanism for
>> installing non-source distributions on Windows was via the wininst binaries.
> +1 I'm one of those people.

+1 on installing packages on Windows through the native package
manager (Add/Remove Programs).

> I am working with Tarek to keep Windows issues (and in particular this
> one) on the agenda. It's quite hard at times, as getting a
> representative sample of Windows users' preferences/requirements is
> difficult at best (Windows users seem as a group to be either very
> quiet, or very easy to please. I'm an exception :-))
> If any Windows users want to speak up and help, that would be
> immensely useful! (And please, identify yourself as such - it's often
> hard to determine who knows Windows, and who is a Unix user making
> assumptions or best guesses).

I'm a Windows user, and I've also spent a fair bit of time improving
Python's bdist_msi support exactly so that we have better support for
Windows native package management. However, I don't have enough time
to keep up with the massive package management threads. If you want to
CC me occasionally to get my feedback on a particular comment though,
I'd be happy to speak up.

Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that?
        --- The Hiphopopotamus

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