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On Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 6:27 PM Enrico Colombini <> wrote:
I think Python is successful despite its shortcomings because, apart
from the bandwagon effect:
- It can be installed and used immediately. If you need a module, you
just import it.

I wonder why nobody mentioned LuaDist yet? Go to, download a lua+bootstrap zip for your platform (Linux, Mac, Windows), extract somewhere, boom, you have Lua plus a large selection of libraries:

Everything is "portable", in the sense that Lua interpreter and the libraries are self contained in the folder, and can be moved elsewhere (including a USB stick).

Not satisfied with the selection of libraries in the ready-to-download "dist"? Use bundled bin/luadist  or bin/luarocks to install more packages. You can even create your own distribution! All available packages are in

Everything is already on Github for those wanting to contribute.