"But does it run Python?"

There is the old question: "Yeah, but does it run Linux?" which has been applied to many devices over the years (XBox, iPod, iPaq, Juicebox, XBox360, and best of all, a dead badger). It's so common that I would think device manufacturers can have betting pools on how long it will take for their device to be sporting the Penguin.

The new black of installing linux appears to be: "Yeah, but does it run Python?"

To see a small offering of devices that now offer a Python interpreter, check out
Python for mobile devices. These include:

The most suprising, to me, was the fact that apparently Microsoft Windows not supports scripting via Python! The Microsoft Python Script Repository offers instructions, scripts, and resources. O'Reilly's Python Cookbook also has a number of scripts for setting the startup items, starting and stopping services, and controlling Outlook.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.