Cant't open Python

Asked by maddie7796 on 2012-03-05

So this is possibly a very dumb question, so please try and bear with me.
I've just started using the Ubuntu ( as in today) and I'm having trouble opening/ installing Python. I attempted to read the "README" and follow the directions, opening terminal and running configure and make but something isn't working. It had said an executable ./Python would be created but I just can't get it to work. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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There is no such thing as a dumb question... and a warm welcome to you. The Python interpreter is installed by default in Ubuntu.

Please try typing python in a terminal and you should have the prompt >>>

A python primer is available here:

mycae (mycae) said : #2

Hi maddie,

You can open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T, or by typing "terminal" in the dash.

Then type "python" (no quotes) -- note that this is in lowercase, as program names are case-sensitive

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