[SciPy-user] python windows set up

Gael Varoquaux gael.varoquaux@normalesup....
Mon Mar 16 15:33:52 CDT 2009

As a general rue of thumbs, go for pythonxy or EPD. Don't install stuff
yourself, unless you like to learn things. There are soo many steps you
can get wrong. Beside it takes too much time to go around and download
all the packages :P.

I bet she is having difficulties with Vista. Vista sometimes gives weird
errors, and I don't know how to fix them. Some people are using all this
jazz successfully under Vista, so it works for some ;|.


On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:35:38PM -0700, Young, Karl wrote:

> Sorry to spam the list with a silly question but I'm trying to convert a windows using colleague to python so that interacting with her
> doesn't mean my having to convert her matlab code. She's an excellent scientist but has a low tolerance for complicated software installations and it seems like I'm currently losing the battle re. her installing scipy/numpy. I'm a linux type (though I understand the importance of being cross platform I rarely leave my linux womb, e.g. I currently do most work in ubuntu under parallels on a mac so don't even look much at OS X issues) so I'm not much use re. helping her with her installation issues. I know this type of question has been asked endlessly but I thought I'd try to get the latest suggestions on whether there was anywhere I could point her. She's tried to install the Enthought distribution (at the moment I forget what the problem she had with that was); is that still the best suggestion ? Do people recommend PythonXY in this type of situation (seems like a bit of baggage if you only need numpy/scipy) ? Anyway, sorry again for the spam and thanks for any suggestions. 

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