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pip. Nevertheless, we still fully test it with
pipand fix any bugs on our end that arise, and IIRC many of our main developers run it with
pipthemselves. We just aren't able to provide specific individual "customer support" so to speak since we get an enormous volume of help requests as it is.
like what's wrong with an executable app, or container?
We used to offer this, but it was a large amount of work to maintain and many/most scientific Python users were already using Anaconda (or another distribution focused around Spyder, like WinPython) already, so it was much less overhead in those cases. There is also the whole Qt aspect, since we abstract everything through our QtPy shim that allows the user to pick their own Qt backend (although currently PyQt5 is the primary one supported). With the removal of the open source exception in PyQt5, we could be in hot water if we distributed it with Spyder since its GPL and Spyder is MIT.
it's definitely beneficial to have an alternative to pycharm and other IDE's, and so far spyder's crushing it
Great to hear! Spyder 4 should be even more so in terms of making major improvements to the key areas heavyweight IDEs like PyCharm currently have an advantage in, particularly in a brand-new debugger, an overhauled completion/introspection architecture to be the same one used by Atom and VSCode, better project and environment management, refactoring and project templates, and numerous improvements to the editor and its features (which are already implemented in the released Spyder 4 beta 1).