New Mac binary installer for Python 2.6; do we bother with Python 2.5?

I finally got hold of a Mac that can run 10.4 and was finally able to
build a new binary installer for Python 2.6 (as well as one for PIL
1.1.7) is truly compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9.

For now it is available here:
<http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/rowen/python/>
though I hope it will end up on the official site at some point.

I have not tested the wx back end and would be grateful if somebody had
time to do so.

I attempted to build a binary installer for Python 2.5.x but ran into
problems: Mac binaries for Python 2.5 aren't compatible with 3rd party
versions of Tk, which causes a mess for matplotlib. There are
workarounds, but given the state of Mac python 2.5 I'm not sure it's
worth the bother.

I propose not having a matplotlib binary installer for Python 2.5 and
getting a pair for Python 2.7 32-bit (10.3.9 and later) and 64-bit (10.5
and later).

What do others think?

-- Russell

Russell E. Owen wrote:

For now it is available here:
<http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/rowen/python/>
though I hope it will end up on the official site at some point.

I have not tested the wx back end and would be grateful if somebody had time to do so.

It seems to work for me on OS-X 10.5(PPC), Python.org2.6, wxPython2.8.10

I propose not having a matplotlib binary installer for Python 2.5 and getting a pair for Python 2.7 32-bit (10.3.9 and later) and 64-bit (10.5 and later).

What do others think?

I think that's fine -- look to the future -- 2.6 is now getting pretty old, and there is 2.7 and 3.1 to work with.

Thanks for all your work on this.

-Chris

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