thanks for the help. here's what i get with that:
[root@localhost root]# rpm -qa | grep python
i am still too new to know what all that means. how do you know that it is a Mandrake rpm that i'm using? when i downloaded python it was the linux rpms that i clicked on, found here:
do i need to uninstall/reinstall some stuff? i'm still not able to get BT installed yet. thanks again for your help.