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IPython is a multiplatform, Free Software project (BSD licensed) that offers:
* An enhanced Python shell designed for efficient interactive work. It includes
many enhancements over the default Python shell, including the ability for
controlling interactively all major GUI toolkits in a non-blocking manner.
* A library to build customized interactive environments using Python as the
basic language (but with the possibility of having extended or alternate
* A system for interactive distributed and parallel computing (this is part of
IPython's new development).