Is there a best linux distro for a python hobbyist?

Dave Crouse dcml1 at
Tue Jan 6 10:21:34 CET 2009

My apologies to the list if this is a double post. My email client
tried to send with the wrong email address.

I use Arch Linux, it has Python 3.0 and 2.6 and 2.4.  Below are some
common packages and their version numbers. I wouldn't however
recommend Arch to a new Linux user, it's not Ubuntu. However once
installed and configured, it's very easy to maintain.

python3 3.0-3
python 2.6.1-1
python24 2.4.6-1

pykde 3.16.2-1
pygtk 2.13.0-2
pyqt 4.4.4-1

eric 4.2.4a-1
scite 1.77-1
ipython 0.9.1-1
python-cheetah 2.0.1-2

django 1.0.2-1
cherrypy 3.1.1-1
pil 1.1.6-5
pylint 0.15.2-1
beautiful-soup 3.1.0-1

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 2:51 AM, David Cournapeau <cournape at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM, Lex Hider <floss at> wrote:
>> Probably not a big difference in most cases between debian, ubuntu,
>> fedora. The latter two may be more likely to have more recent
>> versions.
>> I'm pretty sure ubuntu is the only one which currently has python 3.0
>> in it's archives [no, it's not the default version].
> OTOH, it does not have python 2.6 yet, which is a bit annoying.
> cheers,
> David
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