Differences between Framework and non-Framework builds of Python on Mac OS X

You’ve already listed all important advantages of making a framework (congratulations for excellent research and reporting thereof!); the only flip side is that it’s harder to arrange to build one properly, but if you take your clues from the examples in the installer you quote, it should be doable.

BTW, what’s wrong with the system Python that comes with Snow Leopard? I haven’t upgraded from Leopard yet (long story… I do have the “family license” upgrade DVD, but need Snow Leopard to fix some things before I can upgrade), so I have no first-hand experience with that yet, but I do know it’s a 2.6 build and it comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions… so why do you need to build your own framework?

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