Please also see the Python Notes page.
The excellent MacOS port of Python can be found at Jack Jansen's MacPython page, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack/macpython.html. Thanks Jack!
I decided to use the tgz format (tar-archived & GNU-zip compressed) because it's nearly universal. Even on the Mac, for text files, it works fine (but see below). Use the latest version of Aladdin's StuffIt Expander (or get it via FTP) to decompress and extract the .tgz files. Set up your .py file mapping as described below, and you won't have to worry about those pesky platform-specific line endings either.
If you do this, ".py" e-mail attachments will automatically be saved with the right creator & file type (and thus, the right icon). Also, this enables StuffIt Expander to convert the line endings properly. Do this after you download and install Python itself.
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