[SciPy-User] Central File Exchange for SciPy
Sat Oct 30 12:42:18 CDT 2010
On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 07:00:15PM +0200, Almar Klein wrote:
> Woaw, I like your enthusiasm! However, let's first establish whether we
> should discard Pypi or if we can maybe make it suitable for our needs with
> a few changes (assuming that the rest of the Python community lets us make
> these changes).
Yes, I am impressed by the positive attitude that this thread is taking.
Congratulations for that, and for offering time and energy.
I think the idea in general is an excellent one. In addition to what has
already been said, here are a few remarks, in random order:
* Don't disregard PyPI for well-maintained packages: we need the
non-scientific Python community, let us not break appart from them.
Besides, scientific users also need packages to read XML, talk over
the network... On the other hand, for simply cookbook-like stuff,
I believe that there might be some value in having a scipy-specific
* Searching is important, but can be made easily using a Google
custom search. For example, I have been impressed by what Fabian
did for the scikit-learn's website,
http://scikit-learn.sourceforge.net/, on the top right of the
webpage. Try it out, it is cooler than it seems.
* License: let's at least force users to choose an OSI-compatible
license. I would try to push them using the BSD, as in my
experience many people choose GPL by default, but I would not
enforce this choice.
* Self hosting, bandwidth... this should not stop anybody from start
wild ideas. http://docs.scipy.org started as a crazy idea hosted on
my girlfriend's server (and coded by Stefan, Pauli and herself :P).
It migrated to Enthought-hosted servers when it became more
By the way, speaking of migration of service, now that ask.scipy.org is
in production, we should add a link to it on the sidebar of the scipy.org
website, the docs frontpage, and the planet. I can do it for the planet,
so if someone does it for the scipy.org wiki, I'll just copy the design.
In general, I think that it is important that all these websites be
As Eleftherios would say 'Go, go team'
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