I have an old Ubuntu 8.10 server running at home. Today, I wanted to create a script which needs Python. The latest version of Python in the Intrepid Ubuntu repository is 2.5, but I needed 2.6. Luckily, it's very easy to install 2.6 from source and run it next to the 2.6 version!
- Download the Python 2.6 sources from http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.6.8/
- Unzip and execute the following commands
$ sudo ./configure --prefix=/usr/lib/python/2.6 $ sudo make $ sudo make install
- You are now able to use Python 2.6 from: /usr/lib/python/2.6/bin/python