I seldomly develop in Python. For most of the time I only need a runtime. And if I develop, than it’s mostly to write the one or other plugin for an application (like now Calibre eBook Management). I also am interested to use Python as ‘PythonScript’ in a Microsoft ActiveScripting environment (though, so far I only used JScript and VBScript).
I always had an ActivePython on my Windows system, the last two I have installed are 2.7 and 3.5.
Now I wanted to update the 3.5 to a later version and got greeted by all the state/build/whatever tools and am quite confused.
All I want is a, mostly basic, Python installation, that supports COM (MS ActiveScripting/ActiveX), Win32API, virtualenv and some other stuff, mostly XML, ideally with a comfortable package manager.
The ActivePython install for 3.8 I get offered is over a 500MB in compressed package size!! I don’t want all the Goolge libs and similar stuff. All I want is a lean Python runtime, that allows me to expand as time goes by and as needs arise!
Is there such a package, maybe below a 100MB? I can’t find it.