[Idle-dev] Configuring IDLE for Python 3.2.2 on Ubuntu

Tal Einat taleinat at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 01:16:27 CEST 2011

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM, Ned Deily <nad at acm.org> wrote:

> In article
> <CALWZvp5oyMKwXnumHKrOwfgoUYbzn_5t1ZsaG_Fo5m9XYjw9wg at mail.gmail.com>,
>  Tal Einat <taleinat at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Do you really need Python 3.2? You can install version 3.1 of Python
> using
> > Aptitude (manually with the command line or using Synaptic), and you
> should
> > get a working version of IDLE with Python 3.1.
> >
> > If you really need Python 3.2, on its download page[1] there is a link to
> a
> > page regarding Tkinter[2] which should contain the required information
> on
> > which version of Tcl/Tk you need to install, and perhaps how.
> If you are using Python 3, you should use Python 3.2.x if at all
> possible, not any earlier versions of Python 3.  There are just too many
> bug fixes and performance improvements along with the new features.
> It's not like the difference between, say, Python 2.6 and 2.7.  And
> maintenance on Python 3.1 by the Python-dev team has ceased; only any
> urgent security fix that might arise would be issued for 3.1.x.

That's true.

Perhaps whoever is in charge of the Ubuntu package management system should
be encouraged to update to Python 3.2 instead of 3.1? Installing IDLE
otherwise is quite complicated -- nobody here on IDLE-dev has explained how
to do it in the few days since the question was posted!

- Tal Einat
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