2.2 Installing Python from Binaries
your platform is popular and current, you may find a prebuilt and
packaged binary version of Python ready for installation. Binary
packages are typically self-installing, either directly as executable
programs, or via appropriate system tools, such as the RedHat Package
Manager (RPM) on Linux and the Microsoft Installer (MSI) on Windows.
Once you have downloaded a package, install it by running the program
and interactively choosing installation parameters, such as the
directory where Python is to be installed.
download Python binaries, visit http://www.python.org and follow the link
labeled Download. At the time of this writing, the only binary
installer directly available from the main Python site is a Windows
parties supply free binary Python installers for other platforms. For
Linux distributions, see http://rpmfind.net if your distribution is
RPM-based (RedHat, Mandrake, SUSE, and so on) or http://www.debian.org for Debian. The site
provides links to binary distributions for Macintosh, OS/2, Amiga,
RISC OS, QNX, VxWorks, IBM AS/400, Sony PlayStation 2, and Sharp
Zaurus. Older Python versions, mainly 1.5.2, are also usable and
functional, though not as powerful and polished as the current Python
2.2.2. The download page provides links to 1.5.2 installers for older
or less popular platforms (MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Psion, BeOS, etc.).
is a binary package of Python 2.2 for 32-bit versions of Windows and