Android running Python, still a little rough

December 30, 2008

A lot of people are getting into development mode and really tearing into their T-Mobile G1, but developing in Java doesn’t seem to suit just anyone these days. For those open source fanatics out there who prefer Python to Java have we got a treat for you.

Damon over at has managed to install Python on his G1 with the help of his friends Manuel and Thomas. As you can imagine this is still a bit rough around the edges, but will only get better with time. It sure is exciting to see what users are coming up with when they tear into their G1.

Here's an early Christmas present for all those Python fanatics (self included) out there! With a lot of help from my friends (thanks Manuel and Thomas!) I managed to install Python 2.4.5 on my G1. It's still rough around the edges, but I think it's a good start. Klaus Reimer has a nice overview of how to cross-compile Python. My instructions borrow a lot from his.

This method is not for anyone however. Only those who know how to apply patches and compile code should attempt this method as it does have its risks.

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