[SciPy-User] ANN: WinPython v2.7.3.0

Indranil Sinharoy indranil.sinharoy@gmail....
Thu Oct 11 17:10:41 CDT 2012

WinPython looks very promising to me. I seriously think it has great 
potential. I just tried both versions (64 bit and 32-bit) on my Windows 
64-bit machine and I have a couple of questions that I will ask here 
anyways --

1. I really loved the concept of the package manager. However, when I tried 
to uninstall PyWin32  217 (I have briefly explained why I wanted to 
uninstall pywin32 217 below), I got the following error message:

Unable to uninstall pywin32 217.
Error message:
[Error 5] Access is denied: 

 (I have also placed a screen-shot of the message here)


Also, following the above error message, I was unable to lunch the 
WinPython control panel ever again (not sure what's happening there)

2.  How do I change the font size of the text in IPython (running within 
WinPython)? Also, the usual Ctrl+= to zoom in didn't work.

-- Indranil.

Reason I wanted to uninstall PyWin32 217 is that "import dde" doesn't work 
since build 214 for the 32-bit version of pywin32 (and it never worked for 
the 64-bit version of pywin32). 
I really require the dde module for some projects that I am working on. So, 
I would like to uninstall PyWin32 217 and install build 213.

On Monday, September 24, 2012 2:22:39 PM UTC-5, Pierre Raybaut wrote:
> Hi all, 
> I'm pleased to introduce my new contribution to the Python community: 
> WinPython. 
> WinPython v2.7.3.0 has been released and is available for 32-bit and 
> 64-bit Windows platforms: 
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/ 
> WinPython is a free open-source portable distribution of Python for 
> Windows, designed for scientists. 
> It is a full-featured (see 
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/PackageIndex) Python-based 
> scientific environment: 
>   * Designed for scientists (thanks to the integrated libraries NumPy, 
> SciPy, Matplotlib, guiqwt, etc.: 
>     * Regular *scientific users*: interactive data processing and 
> visualization using Python with Spyder 
>     * *Advanced scientific users and software developers*: Python 
> applications development with Spyder, version control with Mercurial 
> and other development tools (like gettext) 
>   * *Portable*: preconfigured, it should run out of the box on any 
> machine under Windows (without any installation requirements) and the 
> folder containing WinPython can be moved to any location (local, 
> network or removable drive) 
>   * *Flexible*: one can install (or should I write "use" as it's 
> portable) as many WinPython versions as necessary (like isolated and 
> self-consistent environments), even if those versions are running 
> different versions of Python (2.7, 3.x in the near future) or 
> different architectures (32bit or 64bit) on the same machine 
>   * *Customizable*: using the integrated package manager (wppm, as 
> WinPython Package Manager), it's possible to install, uninstall or 
> upgrade Python packages (see 
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/WPPM for more details on 
> supported package formats). 
> *WinPython is not an attempt to replace Python(x,y)*, this is just 
> something different (see 
> http://code.google.com/p/winpython/wiki/Roadmap): more flexible, 
> easier to maintain, movable and less invasive for the OS, but 
> certainly less user-friendly, with less packages/contents and without 
> any integration to Windows explorer [*]. 
> [*] Actually there is an optional integration into Windows explorer, 
> providing the same features as the official Python installer regarding 
> file associations and context menu entry (this option may be activated 
> through the WinPython Control Panel). 
> Enjoy! 
> -Pierre 
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