Ubuntu Linux loves Python

Corey Coughlin corey.coughlin at attbi.com
Tue Oct 26 02:08:08 CEST 2004


I'm also in the eval process with it, I've been looking to put a linux
distro on  one of my smp machines for a while now, tried ubuntu over
the weekend, and so far it's pretty nice.  I'm still wrestling with
some Samba issues (nothing's as easy as Xandros XFM, sadly), but it's
coming along.  I do like having synaptic package install built in,
that's pretty cool.  And desktop sharing in a gnome system is awesome.
 Generally, it's a nice and clean distro, not too bloated, but not
lacking in the essentials.  If I can get past the samba trouble
without too much hassle, I fully expect it to replace my xandros and
suse machines.

----- Corey

Thomas <2002 at weholt.org> wrote in message news:<l79qn0hstavonfavcmbfcp2o8ffahv81n6 at 4ax.com>...
> I've been looking for a linux distro with focus on python development
> for years, even dreamed about making one myself, and when it's based
> on debian as well, it's like a dream come true.
> 
> Installation is short and sweet, the Gnome desktop is functional and
> nice to look at and the debian package system is awsome. BUT I've
> allready found some outdated packages, like pysqlite, which doesn't
> work with code I've made on Windows using pysqlite 1.0. 
> 
> If the packages can be kept up to date, this distro will be the
> ultimate python development platform, without a doubt.
> 
> Download and install it now!!! ( And make an updated ubuntu-package of
> pysqlite while you're at it ;-) )
> 
> Thomas
> 
> 
> On Sat, 2 Oct 2004 13:57:22 +0000 (UTC), Martin Maney
> <maney at pobox.com> wrote:
> 
> >Apologies if this isn't news here - I've been too busy this last week
> >or so for even skimming the traffic here, in part because I've been
> >messing around with Ubuntu's preview release on a spare machine... and,
> >of course, spending time on their very busy mailing list.  :-)  I didn't
> >find any mention of Ubuntu in a quick scan of recent messages, so...
> >
> >  Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that starts with the breadth of Debian
> >  and adds regular releases (every six months), a clear focus on the
> >  user and usability (it should "Just Work", TM) and a commitment to
> >  security updates with 18 months of support for every release.
> >
> >The first release is scheduled for October 20th if I recall the
> >announcement correctly.  But I started out to write about the Python
> >aspect of this.  A while ago I had seen one of the project members make
> >a passing remark about how dedicated they were to having "insanely
> >great support for Python" in Ubuntu, but I only realized that this was
> >a literal statement of policy when I finally wandered over to their
> >"bounties" page (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/community/bounties):
> >
> >  Here are some software projects for Ubuntu that are available as paid
> >  bounties. ... The 2004 budget for these bounties is USD 100,000. ...
> >
> >  Ubuntu prefer the community to do the work in Python. Here are some
> >  Python-related projects that are up for bounties:
> >
> >  Python scripting everywhere ...  Bounties will be offered on Python
> >  scripting interfaces for the following tools: OpenOffice, Blender,
> >  AbiWord, Gnumeric, The GIMP
> >
> >  Mozilla work [each of these is a separate bounty item]: Thunderbird
> >  message filing quick access; Thunderbird message filing intelligence;
> >  Browser error pages Thunderbird SMTP message queueing
> >
> >  Bugzilla bounty tracking
> >
> >And they list a few bounties that have already been awarded (I'm not
> >sure if that means completed or just "contracted", but I suspect both
> >are represented).  With the emphasis on Python, as well as the overall
> >quality of the work I've seen in the work still in progress, I think
> >Ubuntu is of more than passing interest to anyone interested in Linux
> >or Python, and especially to those interested in both.



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