matplotlib on a ubuntu linux virtual machine on a WinXP host on a removable USB drive

VMware ( ) sells a product that makes

    > virtual machines that run on WinXP and linux. For free,
    > they make available VMware Player, an app that runs the VMs
    > once constructed (kinda like Adobe Acrobat / Acrobat
    > Reader). However, they maintain a collection of Really
    > Useful preconfigured VMs ( )
    > ready to go.

I'm a huge vmware fan, but my configuration is the opposite. I have
native linux running windows xp virtually in vmware. That's where I
do the matplotlib win32 builds, actually.

Thanks for the heads-up on vmware player.