Python 2.6 worth the hassle?

Gary Herron gherron at
Wed May 6 19:12:48 EDT 2009

Evan Kroske wrote:
> I'm planning on learning Python, and I'd like to know which version to 
> start with. I know that Python 3.0 isn't ready for production and it 
> doesn't have enough libraries yet, so I thought I should learn Python 
> 2.6. Unfortunately, installing Python 2.6 on my Linux distro (Ubuntu 
> Intrepid Ibex) has given me lots of complicated problems I really 
> don't want to deal with.

Just learn 2.5.  From the beginners point of view, 2.5 and 2.6 are 
virtually the same.  (If you work hard, you can find differences, but 
you did say you were a beginner -- so don't worry about the differences 
-- they are minor and evolutionary not revolutionary.)

Gary Herron

> My essential question is "Is Python 2.6 similar enough to Python 3.0 
> to justify its complexity of installation?" Upgrading to Jaunty is NOT 
> an option 
> ( 
> Best regards,
> Evan Kroske
> Undecided Python Student
> -- 

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