[SciPy-dev] old web site front page

Mark Koudritsky kamrik at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 12:24:07 CST 2005

I've added the first paragraph of the text proposed in the previous
message to the front page. And the rest to installation instructions.
I didn't know where to put the plea for voulnteers.

On 12/21/05, Joe Harrington <jh at oobleck.astro.cornell.edu> wrote:
> I've recently gotten an inquiry from a new site that wants to install
> scipy.  They wanted RPM packages and a Yum repo.  I explained the
> current situation and they suggested posting a more detailed notice on
> the front page of the web site advising new users of the situation and
> giving them the options.  I think this is a good idea.  I've pasted
> some text below, as a starting point, to replace paragraphs 5 and 6 of
> the current front page.  Please comment, and also say if you disagree
> that a more detailed notice on the scipy.org site is a good thing.
> --jh--
> SciPy is nearing completion of a major overhaul.  The new SciPy
> features high performance for both small and large arrays, and rich
> syntactic functionality for both.  This effort is mostly done.  We are
> now beating the bugs out of the various platform builds to make stable
> binary installs.  Documentation is also well underway.
> If you are new to SciPy, there are several reasonable paths to take,
> depending on your circumstances:
> 1. If you can wait until the Spring of 2006, the new package, binary
> installers, and its basic documentation should be ready by then.  This
> is the path of least resistance, and we recommend it!
> 2. If you must run an application that requires either old version of
> the array extension to Python (Numeric or Numarray), go ahead and
> install that version.  They will both be viable for some time to come.
> 3. If you are experienced with software installs and like getting your
> hands dirty, download the tarball for the new version, build it for
> your architecture, take notes, subscribe to scipy-dev at scipy.net, and
> post your notes once you've read recent threads in a similar vein.
> Your experience will help us, and other new users, a great deal.
> Where to get the different versions:
> The new SciPy core is being distributed from http://numeric.scipy.org/
> and http://sourceforge.net/projects/numpy/ (click on SciPy_core).  We
> strongly recommend subscribing to both scipy-dev at scipy.net and
> scipy-user at scipy.net while the software is still in testing, and
> updating whenever a new release occurs.  A version of full SciPy that
> works on newcore is available for anyonymous check out from a
> Subversion repostitory at http://svn.scipy.org/svn/scipy/trunk. File
> downloads are available on this site or from Sourceforge.
> Old (Numeric-based) SciPy is available from
> http://www.scipy.org/download/ and has a Yum repo at
> http://www.enthought.com/python/fedora/.  Most of the material on this
> web site refers to the old, Numeric-based SciPy.
> At this point, if you just do things for yourself and post what you
> do, you'll make a big contribution.  Initially, that will help us get
> the code into release-stable form.  Eventually, it will make a
> friendly and easy set of installation instructions a reality.
> We are also looking for people to write documentation and to help
> design and populate the new SciPy web site.  The new site is
> http://new.scipy.org.
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