Ok, there has been a lot of useful discussion (for both MacOSX and Windows), but in the end, I want to know this: Is it possible for matplotlib to provide a single, recommended, fully-supported-by-us method for installing our package (possibly for each platform?).  Could it be pip? Or some other option?

It is kinda sad that the linux install instructions are easier than the other platform instructions, and I don't think we even provide a linux installer.

Ben Root