GNU/Linux vs. Windows as Python platform

D-Man dsh8290 at
Fri May 18 17:07:22 CEST 2001

On Fri, May 18, 2001 at 07:19:21AM +0000, Terry Reedy wrote:
| and wonder if there might be good enough reasons to add Linux to this or my
| next machine, perhaps within the next year.

Sure -- Linux is stabler, faster, and more useable (all IMO) than
Windows.  :-)

| By binaries, I was thinking of extension modules like PIL, wxPython, etc
| for which the developers have often made Windows binaries but not
| everything else.

# for PIL
$ apt-get install python-imaging

# for wxPython
$ apt-get install libwxgtk2.2-python

Check out Debian's package list at

Debian has a lot (>4000 I think) packages.  There are a lot of
prebuilt python extensions neatly bundled up into packages.
Installation is as simple as the above commands.


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