Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Installing Python [ID:690] (1/6)

in series: Starting with Python

video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald, added 05/08

Series ID: 253 Video ID: 690

For Windows you'll need to install Python. It should be pre-installed with Mac and Linux. Python.org has download instructions.

For Windows we have screencasts for:

Gasto has added an episode showing you how to start with Python.

Python is pre-installed on Ubuntu Linux. You can start it by opening a shell prompt (also called 'Terminal' under the Applications menu) and typing 'python' to start the Python interpreter. You can see an example here from my Ubuntu Gutsy machine:

ian@ian-desktop:~$ python
Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Mar  7 2008, 04:10:12)
[GCC 4.1.3 20070929 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.1.2-16ubuntu2)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> print "Hello!"
Hello!

Are we missing something? Please leave a comment if I've missed something so I can make this tutorial more useful to other beginners.

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> It should be pre-installed with Mac and Linux.

How about giving a brief description for each platform of how to determine if Python is already installed? Users often cannot find it or wonder where it is.

Separately, for text-only tutorials, how about providing icons next to links to videos, one icon for showmedo videos, one for off-site videos, one for documents, etc. You could insert the logic into the reST post-processor to identify and test links.


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