Centos / RHEL5 come with Python v2.4.3, which was relased in 2006 and is as ancient as you can get nowdays. Even other application build scripts require Python >= 2.5 for building, e.g node.js & Spidermonkey 1.8.5. :|
This is my attempt at building a base Python distro that sits in
/opt/python-2.7.2. My goal is to minimize depending on the installed system developement libraries; As in Enterprise-y environments, ‘polluting’ the standard OS image will result in a visit from the XKCD GOTO Raptor.