===== Original message from Hubert Fitch | 17 Mar 2006:
I use the Idle shell GUI to write, edit, and run Python programs.
I do not run or use Python from the dos command line.
ipython might be a better choice.
I have not been able to do any simple plotting
because I can't get matplotlib and Python to work together.
do you have required GUI toolkits installed?
see the "Windows GTK Quickstart" section on
but start using NumPy for numerics right away,
instead of Numeric or Numarray.