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Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Sidnei da Silva wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:26 AM, Tres Seaver <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>> The source dist is trivially convertible to an egg (easy_install does
>>> that on the fly).  I can't see any reason for releasing actual eggs,
>>> rather than source distributions, with the minor exception of packages
>>> which contain C extentions:  those packages should probably release
>>> Windows eggs, just because of the tool-poverty of Windows users.
>> I wouldn't call the lack of shipping with a compiler installed
>> tool-poverty. Some modern Linux 'desktop' distributions do not ship
>> with a compiler installed by default either, though it's relatively
>> easy installing a compiler there than on Windows, I wouldn't say
>> that's such a big deal.
> Iirc OSX ships without a usable compiler as well.

The fact that the "gold-standard" compiler for the platform is an
'apt-get install build-essential' away (or whatever the equivalent
meta-pacakge is for Debian, or 'yum install gcc', etc.) makes shipping
the source a better alternative for those platforms.  The OSX problem is
slightly hairier, but at least everybody has access to the same tooling.

The reason I called Windows users "tool poor" is that the vast majority
of them have limited or no acccess to the "standard" development tools
for their platform, including particularly the C compiler used to bulid
their Python.  Finding and installing those tools is a non-trivial
barrier to entry for those users, who thus must "depend on the kindness
of strangers" to get binary eggs built for them.

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