Charlie Moad wrote:
> Typically I use OSX's python, but I don't want to start that debate.
No need for debate, I just wanted to know, so I wouldn't be duplicating
effort. I'm trying to support the new Universal Build (and the 2.4.1
Framework Build before that), so I wanted to know if I'm duplicating effort.
> New users should probably be
> pointed to the prebuilt 2.4 framework on pythonmac.
> I haven't been keeping up with the intel status though.
There is a new universal build of 2.4.3 We're all hoping it will become
the "standard" build for OS-X >= 10.3.9, for both PPC and Intel.
However, it can't really be that until we can get all the critical
packages built for it. wxPython is a big hang up now, and I consider
matplotlib critical too.
> Are eggs accepted by pythonmac yet or they still using mpkg's exclusively?
We'd like to put eggs on there too. ideally, we'd make a little launcher
app that would fire up and run easy_install to install them when double
clicked. That's been talked about, but not yet done. In the meantime,
something is better than nothing!
> Cocoa-agg works and has been there for the last few releases.
Will it build by default on OS-X?
> python interface to quartz doesn't have much of the text support
Darn. And it's proprietary isn't it?
> I think it is much better to focus on the Agg backend and
> use it in gui toolkits.
That is a good plan, unless we go to using All-Cairo Doing both seems
way too redundant. I'm investigating Cairo vs. Agg for another project.
These are my quick thoughts:
In theory: native, hardware accelerated back-ends for various platforms
PDF and PS support: That's very nice, then we'd really have only one
back-end! (what about Tex?)
It's being used for GTK2 and part of Mozilla, so it should see a lot
of activity and testing.
It doesn't look like there's much activity on Windows, but that's
gotten better with the Mozilla folks getting involved. I don't know
It works now!
It has fabulous anti-aliasing (I haven't compared to Cairo yet)
It's smaller and simpler.
Anyone else have some thoughts?
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