Python on the desktop

Cliff Wells logiplexsoftware at
Sat Dec 22 01:18:39 CET 2001

On Fri, 21 Dec 2001 19:10:22 -0500
Peter Hansen <peter at> wrote:
> That would make the "standard GUI for the vast majority of platforms"
> an LED and a power switch....
> So why doesn't Python support LEDs and power switches?  How can it 
> compete in the embedded marketplace?!?

Actually, power switch support is built-in.  You can test it by starting the Python interpreter and then pressing the power button on the front of your PC.  Notice that the interpreter shuts down as one would expect ;-)

Actually there are embedded applications that use Python - the Empeg mp3 player for one uses Python to control the user interface (which is, of course, an LCD).

Cliff Wells
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