Python 2.6 worth the hassle?

Steven D'Aprano steven at
Thu May 7 03:34:18 CEST 2009

On Wed, 06 May 2009 18:25:48 -0400, 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.

What happens if you use the altinstall option and install from source?

> 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
> (

Are you saying that Intrepid uses Python3.0 as it's default Python?

If not, then just use the default Python installed. Possibly Python 2.5. 
The differences between 2.5 and 2.6 are minor.


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