Hey, trying to install python 2.6 on Linux Mint 11 "katya" 64 bit. I'm about 6 months hobbyist experience with Python and about an hour and a half with linux mint (had toyed with linux a few years back but it went over my head).
Anyway, I'm using the Synaptic package manager to try to install python, but I'm not sure which packages I need. It's got (1) python 2.6 [the obvious choice], (2) python 2.6-minimal [it picked this automatically after I selected the 2.6 so I guess I need it], (3) python2.6-dev Header files and static library for Python (v2.6) [which was not automatically selected], (4) idle-python2.6 An IDE for python (v2.6) using TKinter.
Coming from Windows, it was all download python and then drag your plugins into the python folder and double click the .exe and everything was included (at least IDLE was b/c I was using the Active State version). Now I'm a bit confused.
Perhaps more importantly, now that I think about it, I'm going to be using scipy, numpy, NLTK, matplotlib, some type of database api (MySQL or something I'm not that far yet, so I'm not sure) and maybe some other hard-core scinerd stuff that I don't know about yet. Do I want 2.6 anymore or should I use 2.7? (2.7 appears to have come with Linux mint 11, so I thought I'd ask--why fix what aint broke). But I recall in the past I had 3.1 installed and had learned it and was all groovy, and then I had to go back down to 2.6 b/c the scientific packages were only working with up to 2.6. I'll be using Wing IDE 64 bit, too if that matters. Thanks for the help.