Linux has superior file manipulation tools and the RPM utility allows me to always start with pristine sources and then layer patches on top to make the software work under OS/2. Then when the original distribution changes, I just grab a new copy, verify my patches still work and re-release for OS/2.
It keeps me from forking the version trees and then having to maintain an OS/2-specific version myself.
I make source RPMs available here in case anyone wishes to rebuild what I've done and make different include/exclude choices in their packages.
If you're only interested in using Python and not rebuilding from scratch, ignore the RPMs.