[SciPy-dev] ANN: Enthought Python Distribution - Beta

Gabriel Gellner ggellner@uoguelph...
Sat Mar 1 13:17:09 CST 2008

Oh man this is good for me. I have had real problems convincing some users to
try python because it is 'free'. Having a support version that I can let them
use that is compatible with my open source version, is a life saver. 

Does it allow for f2py to compile without setting up the compilers myself in
windows. I often use this to make callback functions, and it will help make me
convince some people.


On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:49:38AM -0600, Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
> Matthew Brett wrote:
> >>  With the bundle - yes of course.  I mean, if the bundle becomes the
> >>  defacto standard for deploying python, numpy etc, and the charges
> >>  worry people, then they may be less likely to try it.  I've no idea
> >>  whether that will be a big factor - I guess it's difficult to say.
> >>     
> >
> > For example - imagine the following scenario.  Someone moderately
> > junior has just joined a company or government institution.  They
> > become keen on python, start playing with python, VTK and so on, and
> > try and persuade others in the company to try it.  If they find they
> > have to ask the accounts people for money before they install the
> > bundle, or they have to build it all from scratch, they may not, which
> > means lost users.
> >   
> We try to advertise and make very clear that there is no charge at all 
> even for commercial users to just try EPD.   That same moderately junior 
> person could get EPD from the internet, install it and show all their 
> friends. 
> The only thing we ask is that if a company starts making substantial use 
> of EPD, they help defer the costs of producing it.  We are really very 
> keen on having as many people as possible use the tools.  
> We have had requests for a supported binary installation for a long 
> time.   So, we are responding. 
> Best regards,
> -Travis O.
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