My only complaint about Python

Ralf Schmitt ralf at
Thu Aug 19 18:28:16 CEST 2004

Darren Dale <dd55 at> writes:

> I love the language. I love the community. My only complaint is that
> Python for Windows is built with Visual Studio.
> It is too difficult to build python, or a module, from source. This is
> what open source is all about, isnt it? I even have a copy of visual
> studio, and I still cant build modules from source, because my
> academic copy is version 7. As a scientist funded by the NSF, I feel
> compelled to do all my work using free software (I feel compelled to
> use free software, regardless). And I feel compelled to contribute to
> the scientific capabilities of my favorite programming language. But
> this compiler issue is a big (and seemingly unnecessary)
> impediment. Will the BDFL ever split with Visual Studio?

You can build modules using msys/mingw. Instructions can be found at

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