I have had matplotlib working on OS X (Panther) for a while. However,
I haven't used it heavily yet, so I don't know if there are problems
hiding under the covers. I do know that I ran many of the demos
without any problems, both with TkAgg and wx; of course, those that
require GTK would not run.
By the way, don't try to get it and scipy to work under Jaguar.
I spent several days attempting this, with lots of back and forth
with the scipy and macpython list folks, with no luck. The $100
upgrading to Panther was a small price compared to the time lost
trying to get it all working on Jaguar.
Unfortunately I'm swamped and can't offer any significant assitance
with the OS-X binary issue at the moment. But I thought one
observation might be useful. Though I have some Fink stuff on
my Mac, it is only a few things (xfig and gv are the only Fink
things I use). In particular, I believe the version of Freetype
that my matplotlib is using is not from Fink, but rather one
I installed with the TeX/LaTeX OS X "i-Installer" which can
install a number of useful binary packages besides TeX in a
pretty painless way (freetype2, jpeg/png/tiff libraries,
ghostscript...). There is more about it here:
I don't think its usefulness beyond TeX is appreciated as
well as it should be, though it certainly is confusing to
have all these different installation mechanims (OS X package
installers, i-Installer packages, setup.py, configure/make...).