However, RedHat have now released Python 2.4 in the Fedora development
stream and it will ship with FC4.

Does ZC have an official position upon this yet?

Speaking as Zope release manager but not as official of ZC: Python 2.3.4
will likely be the recommended Python version for Zope 2.7. I am personally
running Zope 2.7.3 with Plone since some weeks under Python 2.4b1 but
I am doing this at my "own risk". Python 2.4 might be of interest for Zope 2.8.
Going for Python 2.4 just because Fedora ships with it is not really an argument.

Add to that the fact that it is *not advisable* most of the time to use the Python interpreter that comes with the system.

The reasons have been laid out before, like the fact that the interpreter is most likely compiled with strange flags, and that "updating" a system-level Python with vendor-supplied packages can have bad consequences for your Zope install. The vendor-supplied Python is (probably) tested with vendor-supplied packages that use it, but certainly not with third party software such as Zope is in this case.


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