[Numpy-discussion] Time for beta1 of NumPy 1.0

Bruce Southey bsouthey at gmail.com
Sun Jul 2 15:23:47 CDT 2006

Linux Weekly News (http://lwn.net) had an very interesting article on
KDE's switch on June 19, 2006 by Alexander Neundorf:


The full article is at:

This should be freely available to all.  Also, the current US Linux
Magazine (June or July 2006 ) has a small feature on cmake as well.


On 7/1/06, Albert Strasheim <fullung at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Chuck
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: numpy-discussion-bounces at lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:numpy-
> > discussion-bounces at lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf Of Charles R Harris
> > Sent: 01 July 2006 19:57
> > To: Robert Kern
> > Cc: numpy-discussion at lists.sourceforge.net
> > Subject: Re: [Numpy-discussion] Time for beta1 of NumPy 1.0
> >
> > All,
> >
> > This is bit off topic, but a while ago there were some complaints about
> > the usefulness of distutils. I note that KDE has gone over to using cmake
> > after trying scon. I am not familiar with cmake, but perhaps someone here
> > knows more and can comment on its suitability.
> CMake definately warrants investigation, but I think SCons might be a better
> way to go. I think it would make it easier to reuse large parts of the
> existing build code (e.g. conv_template.py could be converted into a SCons
> builder without too much effort). Reusing parts of distutils and setuptools
> would also be easier if the new tool is somehow Python-aware.
> I think the main problem with distutils in the NumPy context is that it was
> never designed to build C/Fortran code over so many platforms with to many
> possible build configurations. python setup.py install works pretty well,
> but any kind of non-default configuration can become a bit hairy, despite
> the excellent work on NumPy extensions to distutils.
> I'd like to take a stab at doing something with SCons in a few weeks' time.
> Does anybody want to brainstorm on some ideas for what is needed from a
> better build system for NumPy? Maybe a wiki page?
> Regards,
> Albert
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