debian and python--any potential pitfalls?

Brian van den Broek broek at
Mon Dec 19 18:47:39 CET 2005

bonono at said unto the world upon 2005-12-19 00:36:
> Brian van den Broek wrote:


>>I've tried solo and failed a few times to install various Linux
>>distros on Intel x86 laptops. (The software modem was always the
>>sticking point.) A recent acquaintance has volunteered to guide me
>>through an install tomorrow. He's a Debian fellow. I'm not in a
>>position to have any preferences, so am inclined to follow his distro
>>The only area of computing in which I am interested and with which
>>he's unfamiliar is Python. He suggested I try to find out if there are
>>any potential issues with Debian stable and Python.


>>Thanks bunches,
> Try to ask him to install ubuntu for you. It use the same debian
> packaging system(and most package setup is the same as debian) but has
> a newer python which is based on 2.4. Should have better hardware
> support too. I would say it is a good choice for desktop/laptop over
> vanilla debian. You will still get the same kind of help from him as
> they are 95% similar.
> I use debian when I don't want cutting edge things(mostly for servers)
> but ubuntu for desktop/laptop.

Thanks to Robert and bonono for the responses. I think I will see if 
he'd be willing to give ubuntu a go.


Brian vdB

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