After having installed matplotlib 0.98.5.2 on a windows XP system using the
installer from the website, it didn't run since msvcp71.dll was missing. I
certainly know where to get it from, so I was able to solve the problem, but
generally, Microsoft changed their policy such that MSVCP71.dll should be
distributed with any software that needs it. So, it should be shipped with
Per request on the matplotlib website, I both filed a bug at sourceforge
(ID: 2787740) as well as writing to this list.