I recently installed xfce4 on my Dell Chromebook, through the crouton project. so I could run more programs on it. And possibly start to try some programming. I heard about Python but there isn't a lot of help on how to actually get it for xfce4. Also if you possibly could suggest a better version of Linux to use with Python that would be great too.

  • xfce4 is just a desktop environment - I'd be surprised if python was not already installed as part of the underlying Crouton OS (since it's Debian-based IIRC) - did you actually try it? Sep 27, 2016 at 11:53
  • It has Python (v2.7) installed but I am unaware of how to access it. the only way I can see it is if I right click on a file on my Desktop and choose the option "open in other system". but it still won't do anything at that point. Sep 28, 2016 at 21:27

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Try python -V in a terminal and see if there is any version pre-installed. If not, use one of the methods described here. My suggestion though, would be to consider using another Linux distro than Chrome OS. And not just because of this Python thing. You could try Ubuntu if you are a beginner or Debian. Look at some famous and widely supported distros. You will find Python pre-installed, too ;)

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  • Well, the thing is, I wouldn't use any of those two. I would get rid of ChromeOS immediately. That is why i didn't stand on them. But I see your point and I will keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip! Sep 27, 2016 at 13:59

type in the terminal one of this "python", "python3" or "python -v". On the first two you will go to interactive mode, the latest will give you the version. If you don't have a python interpreter, wich will be unusual, just sudo apt-get install python python3". If don't use aptitude go for the package manager you like, or just build from source.

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