The team here at Enthought has just released the Enthought Python Distribution (EPD):
EPD is a Distribution of the Python Programming Language (currently version 2.5.2) that includes over 60 additional libraries. A short list includes (note, this is a partial list):
|NumPy||Multidimensional arrays and fast numerics for Python||1.0.4|
|SciPy||Scientific Library for Python||0.6.0|
|Enthought Tool Suite (ETS)||A suite of applications and components which may be used to build rich interactive applications.||2.7.1|
|Traits||Manifest typing, validation, visualization, delegation, etc.||2.0.4|
|Mayavi||3D interactive data exploration environment.||2.1.1|
|Chaco||Advanced 2D plotting toolkit for interactive 2D visualization.||2.0.4|
|Kiva||2D drawing library in the spirit of DisplayPDF.||2.0.3|
|Enable||Object-based canvas for interacting with 2D components and widgets.||2.0.4|
|Matplotlib||2D plotting library||0.91.2|
|wxPython||Cross-platform windowing and widget library.||18.104.22.168|
|Visualization Toolkit (VTK)||3D visualization framework||5.0.3|
|Click here for the complete list of libraries.|
The currently supported platforms are:
Windows XP x86
RedHat EL 3.x amd64
OS X and Ubuntu will be released very shortly (!).
So what’s the big deal?
In addition to making everyones’ life easier with installation, EPD also represents a common suite of functionality deployed across platforms. The cross-platform promise of Python is better realized because it’s trivial for everyone to get substantially the same set of libraries installed on their system with a single-click install.
What’s the catch?
You knew it was coming, huh? If you’d like to use EPD in a Commercial or Governmental entity, we do ask you to pay for an annual subscription to download and update EPD. For academics and non-profit, private-sector organizations, EPD is and will remain free. Let’s be clear, though. EPD is the bundle of software. People pay for the subscription to download the bundle. The included libraries are, of course, freely available separately under the terms of license for each individual package (this should sound familiar). The terms for the bundle subscription are available here. BTW, anyone can try it out for free for 30 days.
And just one more note:
Enthought is deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to these libraries over the years. We’ve built a business around the things they allow us to do and we appreciate such a nice set of tools and the privilege of being part of the community that created them.