[SciPy-dev] the scipy mission, include finite element solver

Dag Sverre Seljebotn dagss@student.matnat.uio...
Wed Apr 15 03:58:41 CDT 2009

David Cournapeau wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 8:37 AM, Andrew Straw <strawman@astraw.com> wrote:
>> Well, fink ports the Debian package management to Mac OS X. Does
>> something equivalent exist for Windows? The actual Debian file formats
>> are pretty simple, so it seems like it should be do-able.
> What makes debian such a well integrated system is not so much the
> scripts - after all, rpm .spec files, debian files, port (BSd system)
> files are not that different. What matters is how polish the actual
> packages are. That's already difficult to do for one platform. That


The reason Sage installs works is because Michael Abshoff works as 
release manager. Making sure, e.g., that one software package isn't 
upgraded until the rest of the packages can handle the upgrade.

Ondrej, will SPD be keyed to Sage releases? Otherwise SPD will be 
something that works at one point in time, but then requires fulltime 
supervision to keep it working, and really not much better than 
setuptools foir the reasons David mentions.

The reason a system as complex as Sage actually works is not the 
technology (what, untar and run a script...) but the release schedules, 
comprehensive regression testing, Michael Abshoff etc.

Dag Sverre

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