I'm the maintainer for python-matplotlib in Fedora Extras.
> I'm getting ready to build 0.87 and am looking for
> suggestions about what numeric engine to make standard.
> I'm building against numpy, Numeric, and numarry, but I
> don't want to have it Require: all three at run time. Is
> numpy fully functional and the way of the future and should
> I just list that? Currently (0.86) I have python-numeric
> as the required engine at runtime.
w/o addressing your original question (perhaps someone else has an
opinion there) I suggest you wait until the 0.87.1 bug fix release
because there is a known problem with 0.87 (images are broken).