Download Python for Linux

Most Linux distributions have Python installed. If you want a newer version, you can build from the source; sometimes RPMs are also available. See the individual releases for details.

You can also try ActivePython (not open source).

If you're compiling from source on Red Hat 9, RH9 compiles Tcl/Tk as UCS-4, but Python still defaults to UCS-2. You can either use

        ./configure --enable-unicode=ucs4
with Python, or you can try Anthony Baxter's patched version of Tcl/Tk at Note that some people have noticed that RH9's Tcl/Tk chews memory like crazy, so definitely try Anthony's patch if you have that problem.