Registered: May 2010
11-07-12 12:25 AM
Quote from kandlekid:
I've signed up as well, but am involved in the UW course at the moment. I hope python runs ok under Fedora (I expect it will), I'm not an Ubuntu guy.
I read, All Linux systems have python installed as part of the "distro", so it should be on there. Open console, type "python --version", or just python to start it up. The problem I had, I have Ubuntu 10.4, with Python 2.6.5, and they recommend 2.7 or 2.8 or higher for the QSTK package. Before upgrading to 2.7, I read on StackExchange, if you do that then some apps on the Linux distro will be expecting the installed Python version(2.6.5 in my case), and could stop working if they find 2.7.
But no problem -- another poster on StackExchange said they already thought of this, and it's possible to install 2 version of Python, leaving the installed version (me=2.6.5) for apps, and you could switch to a different version with 'virtualenv'. But then in another thread, user says apt-get only installs to the Python version it came with; so I would install qstk and the required packages, but not sure if they would install to the 2.7 Python or 2.6.5 Python version.
Of course, it's simple to set this up, with a link to another page, a link to another page, with ... n(-> infinity) pages. I gave up, I reckoned, I was better off trying the "Install on Windows" thread and take care of any problems as they come up, I'm a lot more familiar with Windows. It's probably as simple as changing references to the plotting package. Usually it's small things like non-ASCII characters or line endings, or paths don't get resolved correctly. I hope I don't run into any significant problems, but then it will just be install the Virtual Linux box.
The thread recommends the Python(x,y) installer, comes with most of the required packages, and the Spyder IDE, which is really helpful.