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Pythonxy - Scientific-oriented Python Distribution based on Qt and Spyder (code.google.com)
26 points by powertry 1375 days ago | hide | past | web | 8 comments | favorite

I've switched to Anaconda recently: http://continuum.io/downloads

It has all the same libraries, Spyder, etc., and seems much more versatile, with easy package management and upgrades, and the ability to have different independent environments, e.g. one for Python 2.7 and one for Python 3: http://continuum.io/blog/anaconda-python-3

Plus it's cross-platform and works pretty much identically on Linux and Windows (and presumably Mac).

This look great! Will give it a try. On Windows I've been using WinPython


which has the additional advantage of being a portable installation. If i'm not mistaken, the same people are behind WinPython and PythonXY.

+1 for WinPython.

WinPython has indeed been created by a core developer of PythonXY, using his experience from PythonXY [1].

Key advantages: (A) Portable version allowing indefinite number of side-by-side installations, (B) Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for both Python 2 and 3.

Downsides: Windows-only

[1] http://sourceforge.net/p/winpython/wiki/Roadmap/

Anaconda is certainly portable on Linux (all in one folder - set the bin path and everything just works), and I think elsewhere too.

Yes, Anaconda is designed to be portable on every platform we build it for, as are all the additional packages that we build for it.

Cool, I was looking for something that plays nice with windows!

First, it should be noted that pythonxy is for windows. Second, I find it hard to continue recommending pythonxy because of it's lack of 64 bit support. This limits the memory consumption of the python process to 2gb, which is unacceptable in a lot of modeling scenarios. I'd recommend Anaconda, or Spyder + 64 bit versions of the python packages you need (available here for windows users: http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/).

Just to let you know (in case OP has edit access): The screenshots on the Wiki Page give a 404 error.

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