I am not sure is this is a general behavior but let's rock on it:
(my current system crunch numbers under linux, Ubuntu 14.04)
1.- Using Intel python via standard interactive mode (symbolized
by the three greater-than signs prompt (>>>) in a terminal console)
does not provide the functionality of moving around previously
issued commands via the keyboard arrows up and down (I'm using the bash shell).
A workaround is to start python using at the (bash) shell prompt:
This is nevertheless an obscure behavior if compared with other
python distributions (like Anaconda or Canopy).
2.- The Matplotlib backend is set to show plots in a browser
(WebAgg). I managed to change it to "Qt4Agg" after installing
"sip" and "PyQt4".
Not sure if licensing issues prevents Intel including a few backend optios
to be readily available, so the user of the product does not have to go
through the hassle of manually installing any backend.
Hope this helps in some way to improve the distribution.
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Both issues are because the required components are GPL. End users can install GPL components, but we cannot distribute them. Thanks for the feedback.