Python in Linux - barrier to Python 3.x

David Cournapeau cournape at
Fri Sep 24 10:35:38 CEST 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM, Steven D'Aprano
<steve at> wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:54:55 -0700, Ant wrote:
>> Yes you are right - I've checked on my home machine, and it is indeed
>> 2.6. Still, no Python 3 unless I upgrade to Fedora 13, and upgrading an
>> OS in order to get the latest version of one package is a bit much!
> Or you could install from source, which takes all of three minutes of
> effort. Well, maybe four. Eight if you've never done it before. Maybe
> twelve if you're cautious.

That only works if some cases. If you need some additional packages,
especially ones which depend on C extensions, that may be difficult or
even hopelessly intractable. Typically, if your want to install say
matplotlib with pygtk with a custom built python, you are in for a fun
ride because you have to rebuild everything. That the cases where you
really want something that integrates well with the native packaging
system, whatever that ends up to be.



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