Minimum hardware requirements are very dependent on the particular software being developed by a given Enthought Python / Canopy / VS Code user. Applications that need to store large arrays/objects in memory will require more RAM, whereas applications that need to perform numerous calculations or tasks more quickly will require a faster processor.
That said, we find that the following list represents the minimum requirements needed to install Enthought Python and associated applications:
- Modern Operating System:
- Windows 7 or 10
- Mac OS X 10.11 or higher, 64-bit
- Linux: RHEL 6/7, 64-bit (almost all libraries also work in Ubuntu)
- x86 64-bit CPU (Intel / AMD architecture). ARM CPUs are not supported.
- 4 GB RAM
- 5 GB free disk space
Most users will find that any computer bought in recent years will meet (and usually exceed) these hardware requirements.
If the system requirements really are as low as you say they are why does the software take so darn long to open on a computer that way exceeds those minimum requirements, for example I run windows 10 with a quad core I7 kabylake and 12GB RAM and even with processor virtualization on it takes several minutes to open
First startup after installation takes several minutes because it's building your Python environment (and tells you so). Subsequent startups with cold cache will typically take under a minute; with warm cache, will take under 10 seconds. If your experience differs significantly from this, feel free to file a feedback/bug report from the Canopy help menu. Given the thousands of separate components loaded by Canopy and its User Python, over-anxious 3rd-party AV software might also be delaying the process.
Above times are with SSD. With disk platters, significantly longer.
Interesting, hmm I don't remember for sure but I mostly likely installed it on my HDD because it has more space but I'll try putting it on my SSD when I get a chance and see if that makes it open any faster.