EPD 7.0 released

Colin J. Williams cjwilliams43 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 07:35:59 EST 2011

On 14-Feb-11 06:59 AM, sturlamolden wrote:
> On 14 Feb, 01:50, Robert Kern<robert.k... at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> I'd just like to jump in here to clear up this last statement as an Enthought
>> employee. While Enthought and its employees do contribute to the development of
>> numpy and scipy in various ways (and paying us money is a great way to let us do
>> more of it!), there is no direct relationship to the revenue we get from EPD
>> subscriptions and our contributions to numpy and scipy.
> But you do host the website, and several key NumPy and SciPy
> developers work for you. And NumPy and SciPy would not have reached
> the current maturity without Enthought. I know that you have
> commercial insterests in the current restructuring of NumPy (such as
> making it available for .NET), but it does help the development of
> NumPy as well.
> Enthought EPD also helps NumPy/SciPy indirectly, by making Python a
> viable alternative to Matlab:
> * Just having one big installer instead of 100 is why I'm allowed to
> use Python instead of Matlab. Others might have to use my programs, so
> the runtime cannot take a man year to install.
> * A myriad of installers is a big deterrent for any scientist
> considering to use Python.
> * Intel MKL instead of reference LAPACK (actually lapack_lite) make
> EPD very fast for matrix computations.
> * It has a 64-bit version (as opposed to only 32-bit in the "official"
> SciPy installer; that might have changed now.)
> * We don't have to know which libraries are important and/or spend
> time search for them.
> * It comes with C, C++ and Fortran compilers (GCC) preconfigured to
> work with distutils, link correctly, etc.
> Sturla
The purchase price for what, until now, has been open source and free 
seems high.

Colin W

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