Provision of Python wheels for zeroc-ice on Linux
On Windows, prebuilt wheels are available, making it possible to install IcePy easily with pip, which is absolutely fantastic and a great improvement upon previous Ice releases for Windows.
I'm writing to ask if you have considered also providing similar pre-built wheels for the various Linux platforms you also support, such as CentOS7 and Ubuntu 16.04. The reason for doing so would be to make provisioning of a new system faster, because compilation is not required, and also to avoid installing a compiler and development tools on machines which will only be used for deployment.
Currently, we have manually created our own wheel for CentOS 7 here: https://github.com/openmicroscopy/zeroc-ice-py-centos7/releases but it's something which other Ice users might appreciate having provided by default as part of the standard Ice distribution package set, so that it's possible to "pip install zeroc-ice" on any of the supported platforms and have it immediately installed without the need for building from source.
Thanks for your consideration.