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Finally broke down and installed Visual Studio Express 2008 on my Vista partition of the work laptop. It takes a GB on disk, bah. Anyway, it worked as advertised, so whatever, I now have a Python 2.6+ compatible compiler and can use Mingw32 for Python 2.5, so no more need for the Toolkit stuff.
Interesting to note that the PyOpenGL-Demo "gears.py" test runs at 4000+ FPS on Win32 and only around 1700FPS on Linux. I'm suspicious that we may have a measurement issue in how the FPS is calculated. Some day I should rip the cProfile timer stuff out and make it a stand-alone module for performance-oriented measurements.
Other than the fact that the laptop properly suspends under Vista, I have no desire to use it. Although I happily used Pythonwin as my editor for years, I find Eric way more productive now (though I suppose I could get Eric onto Win32 with some work). The command line now feels foreign to me (though, again, I used it for years before I switched to Linux). Most annoying thing, though, is the lack of package manager/software repository... I miss being able to say "aptitude install XXX" and have the system magically figure out how to find and install the software.
Ah well, it's not a bad system, I just don't like using it any more.
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