Mac vs. Linux for Python Development

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Mon Feb 24 19:37:24 CET 2014

On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:25 AM, Jean-Michel Pichavant
<jeanmichel at> wrote:
> If you go for Linux, know that ubuntu would not be the first choice, ubuntu prefers user experience over stability. Debian for instance is a distribution largely used in the industry.

What you'll generally find, actually, is that there's very little
effective difference between one distro and another - there's a lot of
usability difference between, say, Xfce and GNOME3 and Mate and Unity
and so on, but you can get each of those on any Linux that supports
them (personally, I like Xfce, which I use with Debian; you can get
Xubuntu which comes with it). There's also a huge difference between
Python 2.4 and Python 2.7, but beyond the fact that Red Hat 5 happens
to ship with 2.4 and Debian Wheezy happens to ship with 2.7, there's
no connection between that and your distro. Especially among the
families of related distros (Debian and Red Hat being the patriarchs
of huge family trees, and Ubuntu being head of a major sub-tree under
Debian), you'll usually find there's not a huge amount of fundamental

So pick any distro that strikes your fancy! Try it out! If it doesn't
work out, pick a different one. Start with one that your friends use
(if you have any), that way you can get immediate help.


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