[Tutor] curses

Luke Paireepinart rabidpoobear at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 23:33:49 CEST 2007

Hey bhaaluu - I've enjoyed your posts to the list so far.  They're very 
informative and well-written.

bhaaluu wrote:
> On 7/16/07, Tiger12506 <keridee at jayco.net> wrote:
>> curses does not run on my Windows XP computer.
>> Is this supposed to be a Linux only module?
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>>   File "C:\Python25\lib\curses\__init__.py", line 15, in <module>
>>     from _curses import *
>> ImportError: No module named _curses
>> JS
> There IS a way to try Linux, Python, and curses WITHOUT
> installing anything to the hard-drive of your MSWindowsXP
> computer, and that is to download a Linux LiveCD ISO image,
> and make a bootable CD from that image. Your computer
> BIOS should be setup to boot from a CD. Put the LiveCD in
> the CD drive, and reboot. The LiveCD runs in RAM, so you
> need at LEAST 128MB RAM to run it (for good results).
> Since it runs in RAM, nothing touches the HD. When you
> are finished, simply Shutdown the computer, take out the CD,
> and reboot into MSWindowsXP.
> Warning: there are over 200 Linux LiveCDs to choose from!
> Not all of them are designed for developers, so they may
> or may not have Python installed by default. One easy-to-use
> general-purpose Linux LiveCD is called SimplyMEPIS.
> You can find a download mirror here:
> http://www.mepis.org/mirrors
> You should have a fast connection to download this ISO image.
> The SimplyMEPIS LiveCD is about 700MB in size!
> Python is already installed, as well as the curses module.
> This is a general-purpose desktop OS that runs the K Desktop
> Environment (KDE), and has all sorts of interpreters and compilers
> on it besides Python. It has a 75% 'Ubuntu' core with a 25% MEPIS
> wrapper that makes things work out of the box.
> A Linux LiveCD can be carried with you, and used on remote
> computers without having to install anything on the remote computer.
> So you can have Python with you, wherever you go. =)

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