Egg's stink. But installing from binaries is important; not everybody wants to install a compiler and a zillion dependencies just to use some python package. Distutils already supports a bdist format; could pip support installation from that?
I have use for this as well. Are there any reasons why it's not supported?
I've stumbled across a use for this as well.
This would be a major improvement to pip IMHO.
there is an effort to add support for the new "wheel" binary format
wheel docs: http://wheel.readthedocs.org/en/latest/index.html
wheel is the direction we're headed: #817