Laura Creighton writes:
Apologies, apologies ... (from somebody who only learned that about CentOS only _after_ she thought thatinstalling a more modern Python system-wide would be in everybody's interest)
Yes, indeed. "Don't touch /usr/bin/python" is an ancient Red Hat and Centos bugaboo going back to Python 1.5.2 at least (never used RHEL, but since Centos suffers from it, I suppose older versions of RHEL do, too). It's interesting (not a criticism, I really mean "interesting") that you had to learn from experience, Laura.
Is this true of recent Fedora, even today?